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Recording your life …

As Google Glasses are getting ready to hit the market other companies are looking for similar, but cheaper, ways to give you the possibility to record your life as seamlessly as possible.
One of this is Lifelogger that has opened up a fund raising on Kickstarter and promises to sell its product later this year at a price point around 165$, that is 10% of the cost of Google Glass. Clearly, its features are limited but in terms of "life recording" it may even turn out to be better than Google Glass.
Take a look at the video and see what I mean.
What really impress me is the low cost and the integration of features that they have managed to achieve.
The "lifelogger" can be worn as a headset resting on the side of your head over your ear. At the click of a button (you cannot speak commands to it, like you do with Google Glass) it starts recording images, the same that your eyes are capturing, along with sounds. These clip are tagged with the geographical coordinates that are captured by the GPS system embedded.
The clips are sent wirelessly to your cell phone (or can be transferred to your computer) where a series of applications create the final recording. More specifically, a first app stabilise the recording, to smooth the jerkings resulting from your head movements, or your walking around.
Another app analyses the sound to identify words that are therefore used for indexing the clip (for future searches), another looks into the clip to detect words that are also used for indexing and a third one identifies faces.
Don’t you feel, like me, astounded by the level of technology that is packaged in Lifelogger and the relatively low price tag?
Just ten years ago this would have been science fiction. Now it is getting mass market.
Clearly one cannot help but wonder (like we already do for Google Glass) what are the implications on privacy once your life is open to being recorded by people you don’t even know …

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.