I’ve been wanting to feature cool innovative products (as opposed to services or campaigns) on this blog, and I recently found one that is currently blowing my mind. It’s called Autographer, and it’s a wearable digital camera that takes thousands of pictures of your daily life to construct a personal visual history. Seriously.
The model for Autographer evolved from a similar device that is used by Alzheimers patients to help them remember recent activities (like for example, where they parked their car). But Autographer does not have such a utilitarian purpose; it’s for the everyday consumer who wants to take archiving or digital visual sharing to the next level. There is also a single-shot sharing platform (thankfully) that allows you to share only one photo with your Twitter or Facebook, as opposed to the 2,000 that are taken everyday (you would probably get un-friended a lot otherwise…).
The notion of the Autographer is remarkable to me, but like many envelope-pushing innovations, it makes me a little nervous, too. The concept of recording your entire life is astounding… and especially being able to do it while fully present, meaning you’re not constantly looking through a camera lens or down at your phone to tweet/post what you’re doing. However, it also raises a lot of questions about issues like privacy and transparency. I could definitely imagine some perverted ways in which Autographer could be misused, although I suppose people can find a way to manipulate almost any product for unsavory purposes these days.
I keep wondering, is this the next logical step in personal photo sharing? Even though sharing platforms like Instagram/Facebook are booming right now, it seems like a pretty big leap to something like Autographer. I wonder how the product will sell when it gets released later this year, and how consumers will respond to it.
Anyone have any predictions?