As the dust settles on a throng of photographic announcements from Photokina, a new wearable camera enters the market to pique our interest.
While the concept of a wearable camera is nothing new — take, for example, the Looxcie camcorder that straps on your ear or Google’s Project Glass — the Autographer uses some interesting technology to capture your everyday life.
The Autographer uses five sensors: an accelerometer, thermometer, motion detector, colour sensor and magnetometer for direction information. In conjunction with the GPS unit, the camera determines the best time to take a photo, based on the readings from these sensors. It detects shifts in colour, lighting and location, and assumes that these changes indicate an interesting subject or action taking place.
It can take still images or video, as well as create animated GIFs and stop-frame videos. The fixed-focus lens gives a 136-degree field-of-view, while an OLED screen displays the results. Because of its design, it’s not as wearable as something like Google Glass, but it can be clipped onto a shirt or worn around the neck.
According to DPReview, the Autographer is the brain-child of OMG Life — that is, the Oxford Metrics Group. The company has previously developed technology for Microsoft’s SenseCam, as well as cameras specifically designed for users with memory impairment.
The wearable camera will be available from November from theAutographer website for £399 (AU$620).