Autographer

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Autographer
Autographer.png
Maker OMG Life Ltd.
Recording medium Digital
Lens Wide-angle
Released 30 July, 2013

Autographer is a hands-free, wearable digital camera developed by OMG Life. The camera uses five different sensors to determine when to automatically take photos and can take up to 2,000 pictures a day. It was released in July 2013 and is used primarily for lifelogging, entertainment and travel.

History[edit]

Autographer was developed by British company OMG Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Metrics Group (OMG) plc, after licensing technology from Microsoft to create a medical memory aid called the Vicon Revue.[1][2][3] The original product was released in October 2009 and was designed to capture the lives of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems, so that their doctors could assess how many of the events the patients recalled.[1][4][5] OMG reinvented the device as a consumer product based on feedback from customers who were using the technology for entertainment purposes.[1]

The media was first able to view prototypes for Autographer in March 2013,[4] and journalists were invited to test the product at the London Zoo before its release.[1][6] Autographer went on sale in July 2013 in the U.K. and Europe.[7][8] It was initially sold on a dedicated Autographer website prior to its global release.[8]

It was featured on The Jonathan Ross Show in January 2014.[9] That same month, UK retailer Topman used Autographers during its London Collections: Men event. The Autographer images captured by its team were publicly viewable on the brand's digital magazine website, Topman Generation. The promotion also included a daily giveaway of an Autographer.[10] Previously only available in black, the company added new color options to Autographer, including blue, green, and yellow, at the International CES in January 2014.[11][12] In March 2014, it was announced that OMG Life had developed a waterproof kit for Autographer with waterproof case maker Aquapac, allowing the device to be used underwater to a depth of 30 feet for around 30 minutes.[13]

Design and features[edit]

Autographer is wearable technology that features a hands-free, lifelogging camera in a plastic casing meant to be worn around the neck or clipped to clothing.[14][15][16] The camera is 5 megapixels and has a 136-degree wide-angle lens that was designed to resemble a human eye.[4][16] Autographer is 90x36mm in size and weighs approximately 58 grams.[17][16] Autographer has five sensors to detect changes in environment. These changes trigger the camera to take a photo.[8][16][14] There is a sensor to determine when there is a shift in color, an infrared sensor for lighting changes, a thermometer that reacts to temperature, a magnetometer that perceives direction changes, and an accelerometer which detects motion.[6][18][15] The device also uses GPS to track where photos were taken.[15][8] Unlike traditional digital cameras, it does not have a screen to preview images.[14] The images captured by Autographer can be managed through an iOS or Android app and desktop software.[4][16] Bluetooth syncing allows users to automatically port images to their devices.[19] Using the software and apps, users are able to edit and tag images, as well as view collected data about them, including GPS.[15][7] Images can also be used to create animated GIFs and stop motion videos.[8][15]

Autographer can take up to 2,000 photos a day and contains 8GB of memory that can store up to 16,000 images.[8][15]

Reception[edit]

Autographer has received positive reviews for its ease of use, and the quality of its app and software by both Forbes and The Guardian,[14][4][16] while the ability to take unique candid shots has been praised by The Wall Street Journal and Building Design.[19][16] It has been named a top travel gift by Escapism magazine and AOL UK Travel.[20][21] The product has received criticism in the media for privacy issues,[17] and OMG has worked to address these concerns by including an etiquette guide with Autographer.[1][8] Both The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian noted that the device's design makes it conspicuous when taking photos and includes a highly visible lens cover.[14][19][4] Other negative issues cited about Autographer include image quality and price.[7][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rory Cellan-Jones (29 July 2013). "Life with a wearable camera". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Lydia Dishman (21 March 2014). "Can Better Memories Be Captured?". Fast Company. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Omg Plc". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Christian Payne (31 July 2013). "Autographer's automatic photography is seductive - but what about privacy?". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Sharon Lindores (15 October 2009). "Microsoft camera deal powers OMG share jump". Reuters. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Ben Woods (29 July 2013). "Autographer review: We put this $615 wearable life-logging camera to the test". The Next Web. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Mat Smith (29 July 2013). "Autographer wearable camera launches tomorrow for £400, we go hands-off". Engadget. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Sophie Curtis (31 Jul 2013). "Autographer: 2,000 pictures a day from your wearable camera". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  9. ^ ''The Jonathan Ross Show. [6. Episode 1]. 8 January 2014. ITV1LONDON.
  10. ^ "Topman & Google+ Partner For London Collections: Men". The Retail Bulletin. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Brian M. Westbrook (8 January 2014). "Wearable tech, 4K TVs and robots trend at annual CES". KING-TV. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Autographer Announces Three Colorful New Choices at CES 2014 for Consumers to Capture Life's Most Precious Moments". 4 Traders. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Nicole Lee (25 March 2014). "Autographer wearable camera now lets you take hands-free photos underwater". Engadget. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Ewan Spence (19 Dec 2013). "The Autographer Is An Intelligent Wearable Camera That Raises Many Important Questions Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Joshua Goldman (8 Jan 2014). "Wearable cameras at CES 2014: Autographer". CNET. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g Chris Romer-Lee (25 November 2013). "Autographer – Capturing the city". Building Design. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  17. ^ a b James Vincent (31 July 2013). "Autographer camera launches: Snap 2,000 pics a day without lifting a finger". The Independent. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Ellie Zoldfagharifard (21 January 2014). "The ultimate candid camera? £300 wearable lens detects and snaps 'interesting moments' as you go about your day". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c Geoffrey A. Fowler (21 January 2014). "Very Candid Cameras: Autographer and Narrative Clip Are Watching You". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Top Travel Gifts". Escapism magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Roshina Jowaheer (4 December 2013). "Cracking Christmas gift ideas for travellers". AOL UK Travel. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Autographer home page