New Camera to Auto-document Your Life

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

I’m excited to see this story about the next evolution of the SenseCam, which I wrote about a few months ago.

A camera you can wear as a pendant to record every moment of your life will soon be launched by a UK-based firm.

Originally invented to help jog the memories of people with Alzheimer’s disease, it might one day be used by consumers to create “lifelogs” that archive their entire lives.

Worn on a cord around the neck, the camera takes pictures automatically as often as once every 30 seconds. It also uses an accelerometer and light sensors to snap an image when a person enters a new environment, and an infrared sensor to take one when it detects the body heat of a person in front of the wearer. It can fit 30,000 images onto its 1-gigabyte memory.

Now Vicon, based in Oxford, UK, which specialises in motion-capture technology for the movie industry, has licensed the technology for the camera from Microsoft and intends to put it into large-scale production.


  1. Peredo
    October 17, 2009

    It’s hard to believe, I guess. This technology will change many things in this world, Thanks again Emily Cheers!!

  2. Cynthia
    October 17, 2009

    But is it waterproof?

  3. Emily Chang
    October 18, 2009

    @Cynthia – not waterproof yet, but yes, we need that for surfing!

  4. Mag
    October 18, 2009

    Yeah, count me in as one who says “why?” The technology is somewhat cool, I guess, but why someone would want to document every second of their life is beyond me.