The New Wave of Capturing, Curating and Sharing
A newcomer in biometric tech uses a number of sensors (including voice recognition and a heart-rate monitor) to capture moments according to your emotions. The Graava camera (due for release Q1 2016) relieves the painstaking process of editing footage with its Self-editing app, where the ‘best’ moments from the way you reacted are built into a highlight reel. The app also allows users to add music and combine footage from multiple cameras for a personalised film from the heart (literally).
Capturing the unexpected is always a challenge, and precisely the one that the Narrative Clip 2 attempts to tackle. The wearable camera doesn’t wait for the user's trigger- it stays on and captures a still image every thirty seconds (or a video with a double tap) to document a scene from the wearers point of view. The device uses wifi to upload the content to its cloud service and connects to mobile via Bluetooth.
Camera and editing capabilities have never been more accessible – anyone with a smartphone can be a photographer, anywhere, at any time. The challenge for the consumer now is how to make the most of the technology they have at their fingertips; to remember to use these devices in the right moments, and to find ways to store & celebrate the right photos instead of hoarding them on a device or cloud.
As it stands, there is a vast amount of user generated photographic content that isn’t being used or celebrated in any way. These two camera attempt to curate the user’s everyday experiences and turn them into something more easily viewable and shareable. While the accuracy of these “automated selections” might, at times, be questionable; they represent a step towards a more intuitive age of photography where the challenge will be striking the right balance between clever automation and creative control.