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That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

"What's that you've got there?" the barista asks, tapping his chest. I don't need to look down to know what he means. "It's a lifelogger, it takes a picture every thirty seconds, every day" I tell him; I've got my reply down-pat by now, have explained dozens of times over the past few weeks. "At the end of the day it shows me the best ones." I half-tense myself for a frown, or a "you can't wear that in here," but he just smiles, tells me it's "cool" and makes me a latte. Not exactly another convert to the wearable cause, but another in a series of unprompted interactions that started when I fastened Narrative's Clip to my lapel.

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Narrative Clip Review – A wearable camera with context

Narrative Clip Review – A wearable camera with context

Can you remember what you were doing last week? How about last month, or a year ago? Life-loggers like Narrative's Clip promise to make that possible, a wearable camera snapping a photo every thirty seconds and then curating the best moments for you to look back through. The Swedish start-up took Kickstarter by storm back in late 2012, and has finally begun shipping the Clip, but does it do enough to warrant room on your lapel, or is it just all too creepy? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Moment Camera turns Glass into intelligent life-logger

Moment Camera turns Glass into intelligent life-logger

A new Google Glass app that turns the wearable into an intelligent life-logging camera has been released, Moment Camera, promising to automatically figure out the best times to capture a frame. The app claims to use Glass' various sensors to pick a moment when the camera is steady, the lighting is at its best, and when the potential subjects are in the best pose for a photo, and then grabs an image automatically, leaving the wearable's wearer to get on with experiencing the moment.

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Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative, the life-logging crowdfunder formerly known as Memoto, has finally begun shipping its Clip clip-on camera. Delayed by hardware glitches and manufacturing issues after raising, at $550,000, more than eleven times the amount it initially targeted on Kickstarter, Narrative's Clip is now shipping out to the first backers, though the company warns that it may still involve a further delay for some.

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Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

The path from Kickstarter to customers is seldom smooth, and life-logging camera company Narrative (née Memoto) knows that better than most, announcing another hardware issue today that will delay shipping for early backers. According to a message sent to early supporters on the crowdfunding site, issues with camera quality, PCBs, and some of the casing colors means that the production rate has been lower than expected given the initial aim to begin shipping from November 1st.

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Narrative Clip: Glass, wearables, and the next Memoto chapter with CEO Martin Källström

Narrative Clip: Glass, wearables, and the next Memoto chapter with CEO Martin Källström

Three million dollars in the bank, a new name - after a little trademark tussling with Motorola - and less than a month from shipping: things have suddenly become very exciting for Narrative, the freshly rebranded Memoto lifelogging camera project. After raising more than eleven times the target amount in its initial Kickstarter campaign, hardware issues saw Memoto miss its February 2013 delivery estimate and effectively have to redesign every aspect of its camera and software to satisfy the goal of a life-logger that snaps a photo every thirty seconds and then automatically gathers the best up into a memorable moments. It's a long way from that to shipping, not to mention a multi-million funding round, and so we sat down with Martin Källström, CEO and co-founder, to find out just where Narrative's story is up to today.

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Memoto lifelogger renamed Narrative Clip ahead of Nov 1st release

Memoto lifelogger renamed Narrative Clip ahead of Nov 1st release

Lifelogging camera and Kickstarter success Memoto has rebranded to Narrative, with its freshly-named Narrative Clip wearable set to begin shipping from November 1st. The startup was forced to change its name after being notified it "conflicts with a similar name in the market", opting for Narrative instead as the camera silently records life stories. Meanwhile, any disappointment at the last-minute switch is likely eased with news of a $3m funding round led by True Ventures, which previously backed MakerBot and Fitbit.

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Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Your every moment, documented. That's the Memoto concept, a tiny wearable camera that snaps a shot every thirty seconds to digitally augment your memory. Early doubts as to whether enough people would want to record each waking moment were quickly squashed when the Memoto Kickstarter saw 11x the expected pledges, though the challenge of bringing such an ambitious product to market has ended up taking the Swedish team longer than expected. We caught up with Martin Källström, CEO and co-founder of Memoto to check out the latest prototype, talk product development in the public eye, and find out what comes next for the clip-on camera.

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Google+ and Glass just got the upgrade for lifelogging everything

Google+ and Glass just got the upgrade for lifelogging everything

If you're still laughing at Google+, and at Google Glass, then it might be time to stop; Google has just shown that they're its next route to digitally understanding everything about you, and it slipped that through in the guise of a simple photo gallery tool. Highlights is one of the few dozen new features Google+ gained as of I/O this past week, sifting through your auto-uploads and flagging up the best of them. Ostensibly it's a bit of a gimmick, but make no mistake: Highlights is at the core of how Google will address the Brave New World of Wearables and the torrent of data that world will involve. And by the end of it, Google is going to know you and your experiences even better than you know them yourself.

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