A UK-based firm is launching a camera that you can hang from your neck and promises to capture every moment of your life.

The camera, called ViconRevue, can be configured to take photos every 30s. However it is not just a timer controlled point & shoot camera, it has multiple senses. It has a built-in accelerometer and light sensors to detect when a person enters a new environment and takes a photo automatically. An infrared sensor detects the body heat of a person in front of the wearer and the camera snaps an image of the person automatically. If you have seen an automatic toilet or urinal, you know how it works.

The camera can hold 30,000 images onto its 1-gigabyte memory. If it captures a photo every 30s, that is good for over 10 days. The question is, can the battery handle it?

Don’t think this as a toy. It was a results of Microsoft research that can help people with memory loss issues. For example it helped a person who had suffered encephalitis that permanently affected their ability to recall recent events. There are other possible applications as well, such as life logging and others.

Do you want one? The bad news is that it is not yet available as a consumer electronics gadget but primarily a research tool. It is not cheap either at ~$820. The good news is that the price will go down as the product enters large scale manufacturing and a consumer version is made sometime in 2010.

[New Scientist via AllTop]

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