This tiny camera is yet another case of technology that is either very creepy or very cool. Or both.
The Narrative camera will record snapshots of your day every 30 seconds, and it’s so small you may even forget you have it on.
The miniature camera measures just slightly over an inch, and is built like a tie clip; the plastic body stays in place with a metal clip on the back.
According to Wired, an accelerometer inside the Narrative senses which way is “up” and will orient the photos accordingly, no matter how the user has clipped it on. There are no buttons; a single photo can be captured simply by double-tapping on the front of the device, much like a regular camera.
The Narrative web site boasts the clip “is a tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory.”
Leave it on all the time to shoot twice a minute, and the Narrative will record more than 2,800 images per day. The camera’s 8GB of memory holds about 4,000 pictures total, so it’s tough to fill it in a single day. The rechargeable battery lasts about 30 hours, and its 5-megapixel (2592×1944) photos come out with about the same quality as an iPhone 4.
The Narrative is just one of a crop of ever-observant, wearable cameras currently hitting the market. The increasing popularity of these devices — fueled largely by Google Glass — has led to a backlash. They’re sinister, people say. Too much like Big Brother.
However creepy the technology may sound, the Narrative could also provide some handy safety measures. The video below shows a woman jogging; what if she were mugged? Perhaps the tiny clip camera would go unnoticed by the assailant and capture a clear photo for police to use in an investigation. Or imagine capturing an image just before a car accident? Witness accounts could be hugely improved with photo evidence captured without even lifting a finger.
Check out the company’s Narrative video here:
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