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Vicon Revue [http://www.viconrevue.com] is the commercial reincarnation of Microsoft's Sensecam concept: a wearable digital camera that is designed to take photographs passively, without user intervention, while it is being worn. Its purpose is to support life-loggers wanting to track and document their everyday movements as digital memories. In combination with other physical sensors or additional image-recognition algorithms, the potential opportunities are enormous.

Unlike a regular digital camera or a cameraphone, Vicon Revue does not have a viewfinder or a display that can be used to frame photos. Instead, it is fitted with a wide-angle lens that maximizes its field-of-view and ensures that nearly everything in the wearer's view is captured by the camera. Next to the 640x480px camera sensor, the device also contains several sensors, such as a temperature sensor, a light color and intensity sensor, an infra-red motion detector, a multi-axis accelerometer, and a 3-axis magnetometer (compass). Images are downloaded at the end of the user's day, which will hopefully form the basis of some interesting visualizations.

Being promised since 2007, the Vicon Revue is finally shipping to the normal public and sells for £500 / $720 / 576€. Watch a movie consisting of 24 hours worth of images, below. Read some experience reports at



That’s funny, the day of this post was the first day I logged with my own similar experiment:
An Android phone taped to myself, running a timelapse application taking a photo every 10 minutes.

More info at http://j.mp/unattendays

(I did not know of this device before, thanks to Julian Henschel for pointing me to this article.)

Mon 24 May 2010 at 6:07 AM

ohhh..its really cool and nice gadget, and it will be much nicer if the memory capacity will be upgrade..

Wed 26 May 2010 at 5:24 AM

Fascinating. On their page they say "Revue is a research tool aimed at medical researchers as an aid for people with memory loss" but it could obviously be so much more.

Of course it also raises all sorts of privacy issues - interesting that they decided to run it in a school. I assume most school boards forbid the use of cameras in schools, but maybe not in the UK? Did they get all the parents' OK to post images of their children online?

I look forward to seeing where all this ends up. GPS of course, and live uploads to the Cloud, where face recognition takes place, both seem obvious. Foursquare has already started monetizing their service, so I can imagine people trading their live/work/shop data for points.

Then add in environmental monitoring and you have a growing, live map of pollution in cities. Imagine enough data to realize you should take your baby out in the stroller after 10:45AM when the smog is lowest along your specific route.

Fri 28 May 2010 at 12:39 AM

Not that I thought it was my original idea, but interesting to see that Google got the GPS tracking and storing part working back in Nov 2009, and just announced a dashboard for it: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/05/27/google-latitude-google-location-history-very-cool-and-kinda/

Fri 28 May 2010 at 6:54 AM
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