In the past I’ve posted1 about my search for a wearable camera and how Microsoft’s Sensecam project looked promising but wasn’t commercially available.
Finally it appears there is good news – a British company named Vicon has licensed the technology to release a version of the SenseCam, and it will be available in the next few months. The bad news is that it’ll cost £500 (about $820).
I’m starting to get the impression that I’m not the target audience for the SenseCam – it needs to be about 10x cheaper before I could consider buying one. I think the price could come down if they made it a bit less smart – it currently has accelerometers, light sensors and heat detection that it uses in an attempt to only record interesting images so that it doesn’t fill up its storage too fast. Storage is cheap – if they got rid of all the cleverness I think it would be a lot more affordable.
Then again I guess life-blogging isn’t exactly a huge market – the subset of all people who are geeks, the subset of geeks that are less paranoid, the subset of them that are interested in auto-instrumenting etc.
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