Sure, we've all got a camera on us at all times, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and point-and-shoots, but these devices present an issue when it comes to that modern human desire to electronically capture everything that happens everywhere ever: having to actually take the pictures. That's why the unsettlingly giddily-named OMG Life is working to unleash the Autographer, a hands-free, wearable camera that promises to take "thousands of photographs a day" via its wearable lens. Just drape it on your person and it will uses its six on-board sensors (GPS, color, accelerometer, motion detector, magnetometer and thermometer) to determine the right moment to snap one of its unwieldy volume of images. Says the company,
For instance, Autographer might capture an image when the wearer speeds up as they run for the bus, moves from a warm pub to a snowy street or turns around to greet a friend.
Also, you know, stuff like your wedding and the birth of your child. The camera's got a five-megapixel sensor, OLED display, 8GB of on-board storage and built-in Bluetooth for sharing those pictures. The company's currently aiming for a November release, just in time for capturing every single moment of the holiday season. In the meantime, the press info is after the break.
Autographer: Introducing the world's first intelligent, wearable camera
OMG Life today announces the launch of Autographer, a new type of digital camera that will change the way we think about photography.
Autographer – available to purchase in November 2012 – is a hands-free, automatic camera that can capture thousands of photographs a day through a custom wide-angle lens, enabling users to 'see the unseen'.
Autographer uses five on-board sensors and GPS capability to identify the perfect time to take a photo, based on changes in light and colour, motion, direction and temperature. For instance, Autographer might capture an image when the wearer speeds up as they run for the bus, moves from a warm pub to a snowy street or turns around to greet a friend.
All the wearer has to do is put it on and go, and at the end of the day, watch their 'unseen' moments unfold through natural, unpredictable images and stop-frame videos, revealing a surprising new take on their world.
Simon Randall, Head of OMG Life, says, "The beauty of Autographer is that you don't have to stop to take a photo or spend your day looking at life through a lens. You can live your experiences to the full while Autographer spontaneously captures the stories that happen all around you.
"Photos are a great way to document and share life experiences, but they can sometimes be a bit predictable with the same postcard views and posed smiles – pointing a camera lens at people often changes the fabric of the moment. Photographers go to great lengths to capture life in an authentic and natural way and see the Autographer as a great new way of effortlessly doing this."
Simon adds, "We've spent a lot of time developing our wide-angle eye-view lens which is at the heart of the Autographer's story-telling ability. It gives a unique first-person perspective that allows the wearer to tell their story uninhibited as they see it.
"Imagine it – your wedding day from a new angle, your child's first birthday captured for posterity, the spectacle of a festival in all its glory or a surprising view on an African safari, even your cycle route to work mapped.
"Individual images offer a fascinating slice of life, while an Autographer stop-frame video lets you relive a whole day's activity in just a few minutes. It's not just a new camera but a whole new photographic approach."
Autographer's sensors capture metadata alongside the images, meaning users can reconstruct a unique digital record of their day – where they were, where they went, even what the temperature was.
They can then view and share their Autographer photos at the click of a button, or easily create story-telling mementoes such as GIFs and stop-frame videos using the Autographer editing software. Bluetooth connectivity also enables users to easily download their shots while on the move.
Simon adds, "Autographer doesn't just effortlessly capture images, it captures stories. This offers limitless possibilities for creatives and professionals too. As the device is hands-free and wearable, it's more versatile than a traditional camera in many circumstances; it's only limited by the imagination of the wearer.
"It's a perfect tool for the foreign correspondent on assignment, the artist wanting to document their creative journey or the art director wanting to capture the story behind the photo shoot."
Autographer is created by Oxford Metrics Group (OMG), the Academy Award®-winning organisation behind some of the world's most advanced motion-capture and image processing technologies.
Simon Randall says, "Since 2009, OMG has been responsible for developing Microsoft's SenseCam technology, a wearable camera that automatically captures thousands of pictures a day. Marketed as Vicon Revue, it has proved of great value to people with memory impairment, helping them recover 'lost' memories and manage their lives more effectively.
"However, we always believed this 'moment capture' technology could have much wider applications, which is why we're so excited to launch Autographer. We are hugely looking forward to seeing the innovative ways in which people will use Autographer to capture the unseen moments of daily life and the creative output this will inspire."
Autographer will be available to buy online via www.autographer.com in November.
Autographer's five sensors and GPS
Accelerometer: measures how quickly or slowly the Autographer is accelerating.
Colour sensor: Autographer's 'eye', perceiving light and brightness and adjusting the image accordingly.
Magnetometer: determines which direction the camera is facing.
PIR: motion detector that uses infrared light to sense moving objects.
Temperature: inbuilt thermometer, measuring ambient temperature.
GPS: Autographer's locator pinpointing the camera's position on earth.
All glass wide-angle precision optics; 136o field of view
8GB internal memory
Width 37.4mm (with side buttons); length 90mm (95.5mm with lanyard ring); thickness 22.9mm (with clip and lens)