A Lifetime in Every 30 Seconds

Vicon Revue is a wearable camera that takes passively a picture every 30 seconds (the commercial successor of Microsofts SenseCam). There is no viewfinder or a display on the camera, but all images can be downloaded at the end of the day. I am so interested in this product because of a group project we did last semester at the MFA Interaction Design program. Our project the Airloom would sit on the dinner table and capture pictures and conversation snippets of the family. So unlike the Vicon Revue it is taking pictures of the user (and his/her family) and not the users surrounding. Both interesting approach to the idea of digitally saving memories of a lifetime.

We put a lot of thinking into the Airloom project and I feel like the Vicon Revue is lacking innovation at the point where we had the most discussions: What to do with all this data? Vicons answer is a video that plays all the pictures as a stop motions movie which I found not very satisfying (maybe it is different for the actual user). I believe in order to use this amount of data in a meaningful way it needs a very smart interface and probably some kind of data visualization. The site offers some information about the software, but hopefully their will be more soon.

What I do thought was really interesting and what we have not really observed, is the idea of using the Vicon Revue as a tool for people with memory impairment including Alzheimer’s disease. A very interesting topic and a lot more to explore in that field.

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