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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2009
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    I talked about this idea a while back and now it's been commercialised.

    Lifecam is a camera worn as a pendant that automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds or more frequently based on stuff like the presence of movement or body heat from other people.

    Initial cost is $800 but that'll come down.

    There's a therapeutic application to this. It helps people with Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders form long term memories by reviewing events.

    I think it'd be relatively easy to add a voice-activated sound-recording facility too.
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    This has been around for years. They've only just gotten it to market?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
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    Yes, they licensed the tech from Microsoft who, as you say, have been developing it for years.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009 edited
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    I don't think it has really sunk in yet that this type of "life recording" will become a seriously disruptive technology once it has been sufficiently upgraded to accommodate full motion video, sound, GPS, and basic biometric data monitoring. I'll be very interested to see the first cases where these things are admitted into court as evidence. The police already quite appreciate being able to use data from your modern car's blackbox system.

    Also necessary will be some sort of cryptographic timestamp, preferably one where the key is generated by contact with the owner's DNA, to provide absolute proof that the data was not altered after being recorded - you can still screw with the inputs of course, but it should be relatively easy to establish the integrity of the data on the device.

    Lots of folks will be forcing them on giving them to their kids, planting them on spouses and exes, hiding them in bedrooms and so on. I don't know about the U.K. with your extensive use of CCTV, but most Americans still walk around most of the time with a relative expectation of privacy. If there's no longer a reasonable expectation of privacy in any space, then there are serious legal (for the U.S.) as well as social consequences.
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      CommentAuthorgroundxero
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
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    There was a movie a few years back with a similar concept to this, except it was implantable microchips.

    The Final Cut (2004)

    Starring: Robin Williams and Jim Caviezel

    Synopsis: In a near undefined future, people may have a Zoe microchip implanted in their nervous system to permit their families retrieve the best moments of their memories and watch on video after their deaths. This process is called "Rememory" and Alan H. Hakman (Robin Williams), a man traumatized by an incident in his childhood, is the best cutter of the Eye Tech Corporation. The company is facing groups that oppose to the "Rememory" and the ex-cutter Fletcher (Jim Caviezel) is leading these opponents. When Alan is assigned to prepare the final cut of the memories of the Eye Tech lawyer Charles Bannister, his Zoe chip is disputed by Fletcher. Meanwhile, Alan finds that he has also an implanted microchip, which is against the rules of a cutter. From IMDb.com