What if we could rewind to yesterday? What if we could watch our entire lives flash before our eyes with the click of button? The possibility is not as far fetched as one might think.
Too often, our memories don't serve us well. We lose our keys. We forget names. As we age, the home movies that play in our heads begin to look like fifth generation VHS copies.
Last month, Lyndsay Williams of Microsoft Research's Cambridge laboratory demonstrated SenseCam, a wearable, sensor-laden digital camera that automatically documents the day for later reference. For example, each time the wearer walks into a different room, the change in lighting triggers the camera to snap a 180-degree fish-eye shot. A sudden movement, a change in ambient temperature, the body heat of someone passing -- these are all considered photo ops.
"The sort of problems we're trying to solve are related to memory recall," Williams says. "Where did you leave your spectacles? Who did you meet during a previous day?"( Collapse )
- Removable Media For Our Minds By David Pescovitz, Thu Mar 25 10:30:00 GMT 2004 @ thefeature.com