Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to have a camera firing off shots of my life all day, every day. What strange situations could I capture if the camera operated on its own without me having to do so much as press a button? Could thousands of photos taken throughout a given day reveal something about me that I didn’t even know?
The answers to these questions may soon be found thanks to the Autographer by OMG. This wearable camera can be worn around your neck as it automatically takes thousands of pictures per day. With 8 GB of on-board storage, the Autographer is able to store up to two weeks worth of shots taken with its 5 megapixel sensor.
What is It?
What makes the Autographer different from all of the other small-form time-lapse photography cameras out there is that the Autographer has a built-in algorithm that triggers the shutter when objects are in optimal view. Accounting for motion blur, temperature, object motion, and color, this camera should give you a larger abundance of quality shots than a simple dumb camera set on a timer.
A fixed-focus wide-angle lens gives the Autographer a 136-degree field of view. This is wide enough to cover the vast majority of our own peripheral vision. It is Bluetooth enabled for over-the-air file transfer to a smartphone or computer. An integrated GPS also adds location tags to your photos so you know exactly where you were when you caught the shot of that weird-looking dog crossing the street.
Here is a breakdown of the specs.
- 8 GB internal memory
- Five on-board smart sensors + GPS
- 136º field of view
- All glass wide-angle precision optics
- Fixed focus
- 5 MPx low-light sensor
- Dedicated smartphone app
- Weight: 58 g
- Width: 37.4 mm
- Length: 90 mm; 95.5 mm
- Thickness: 22.93 mm
What I Like About It
The Autographer is a fairly sleek-looking device, though it isn’t exactly fashionable. It’ll be obvious to anyone facing you that you’re wearing a camera around your neck, and this can be a good thing if you wish to avoid being accused of wearing a “hidden camera” by passers-by.
I’m a fan of capturing elements of one’s life. Being able to document exciting things that happen (as they happen) makes it easier to relay information. You don’t have to end a story with “You had to be there to see it.” You could actually provide photos of the event.
Disputes are another issue that could easily be solved if there is photographic documentation in place. An accident, a robbery, or some wrong-doing by the authorities could be documented at a moment’s notice. Requiring guards and other paid observers to wear one makes sure that they’re where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there.
What Worries Me
Privacy is something that we’ve lost in recent years. Our entire lives are being documented in one way or another by either us or our friends. You have no control over who takes a photo of you or when. Only in your own home can you hope to escape the watchful eye of a camera lens.
Something like this only adds to that exposure. If I’m walking past someone on the street during a bad hair day, or if I should do something embarrassing like pick my nose, it may result in my photo being inadvertently shared with the world by someone wearing one of these. The idea of recovering from an embarrassing moment before someone has the ability to whip out their camera and snap a photo is irrelevant if one of these is snapping away the instant someone turns around and sees that you’ve tripped into a fountain or experienced some kind of a wardrobe malfunction.
I’m not so much worried about intentionally illicit use of these cameras, but of the potential side effects these images pose. Remember when Google Street View captured a bunch of people’s embarrassing moments? This is, to me, a lot like that except the people doing the capturing are on the sidewalk with you.
For better or for worse, this camera is probably going to be a huge hit. I could imagine flooding my own Flickr page with photos taken with one of these. Do you think you would pick one up?