Forget Google Glass: LifeLogger promises augmented memory

9 Jan 2014

CES 2014 is the first public place I’ve seen people shamelessly wandering round wearing Google Glasses, and to be frank those people look both ridiculous and a little smug. Not a good combination. But Florida-based LifeLogger is promising something different with its device: augmented memory.

While LifeLogger says that it’s the software that really marks out its product compared to anything else on the market, the most natural place to start is with the hardware.

This is a small camera, weighing 9g, which you attach to your glasses. It then captures what you’re looking at, with support for 720p video at 30fps.

You can either stream the video to the cloud via a Wi-Fi connection or use a USB connection to your phone. There will initially be two versions of the camera: one with 32GB of storage, the other with 64GB.

Now, according to LifeLogger, comes the clever bit. Its back-end software uses OCR to recognise text, voice recognition to recognise the spoken word and face recognition to recognise – well, you can guess.

Add in the ability to track your place via GPS, and the LifeLogger delivers on that promise of augmented memory. In the words of LifeLogger’s Drago Bojkov, it “changes the way you can remember your life”.

LifeLogger believes that this is a mass market product, for anyone who wants to remember what happens, but it’s also clear there are some niche areas: doctors to track their interaction with each patient, police offers on patrol, academics to see what they’ve said to each student.

The company aims for a Q2 release in the US, with an estimated price of $200 for the camera and a further cost per month or year for subscription to the services. Now if they can just make the camera less obvious so I don’t look a fool whilst wandering round next year’s CES…

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