There are some days that you want to remember every second of – your wedding day for example or the day your first born arrived. But there are others that, surely, you just want to forget.
But, in a growing trend, called lifelogging, people are recording every day of their lives down to every tiny detail. From sleeping to eating, commuting to working, playing with your kids to taking the dogs for a walk, everything is recorded for future reference.
Possibly the most famous lifelogger is Steve Mann whose experiments with wearable computing and streaming video in the 1980s led to Wearable Wireless Webcam. Up until now, it’s usually been pretty obvious is someone is lifelogging due to the size of wearable cameras.
But new technology coming onto the market is set to make the practice much less obtrusive.
Memoto is a project that started on crowd-sourcing fundraising site Kickstarter and has attracted nearly 3,000 backers who pledged $550,000.
And next year will see the official launch of Memoto. Costing $289, Memoto is around the size of a postage stamp and can be clipped onto your clothes. Once in position, it automatically takes a new photograph every 30 seconds.
Working alongside an app, the images are uploaded to the internet, automatically sorted, dated and GPS-tagged.
The Swedish makers of Memeto describe their device as “an entirely new kind of digital camera with no controls,” adding: “It automatically takes photos as you go. The Memoto app then seamlessly and effortlessly organises them for you.
“The camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were. This means that you can revisit any moment of your past.”
There are no buttons at all – Memoto just automatically takes photographs as long as you are wearing the camera. It’s also weather protected so you can continue wearing it whether it rains or snows.
The camera needs to be recharged about once every two days by connecting it to your computer. At the same time, your photos will be uploaded to Memoto’s servers. It essentially outsources your memory so you never forget a moment. The results are searchable and shareable.
Fans of lifelogging say they are creating a personal digital archive which they can access at any time to remember moments in exact detail.
Privacy campaigners say lifelogging raises questions about the rights of friends, colleagues and strangers who will inevitably appear in lifelogs.
Stephen Bowen, who is director of the British Institute of Human Rights, said: “This kind technology transforms our notion of privacy and offers untold opportunities to monitor every move in real time.”
And some have even questioned whether devices such as Memoto could alter the way we remember events. Bianca Bosker, a blogger for the Huffington Post, said: “Of course, the ability to accurately ‘revisit any moment of your past’ stands to transform how we recall the past. How will our memories change if they’re not only remembered but documented?”