The SenseCam prototype we first mentioned back in February 2007 has finally spawned a production version, albeit initially intended for researchers with deep wallets. The handiwork of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, the SenseCam is worn on a lanyard around the neck and takes images either periodically, when movement is sensed, or when a person is encountered (via a PIR sensor on the front). Vicon, who have licensed production rights from Microsoft Research and who will launch it as the Vicon Revue, expect the camera to be used by lifeloggers wanting to document their everyday movements.
SenseCam has also been shown to aid in the development of long-term memory for those suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s. So far around 500 of the cameras have been produced by Microsoft Research, but demand has outstripped their production capacity. The early models – aimed at researchers – will cost around £500 ($814), but commercial versions are expected in 2010.
The camera currently has 1GB of storage, enough for around 30,000 of its low-resolution images (you can see some example shots in the gallery below). Check out more on how one Microsoft employee has been lifelogging here.