This week in lifelogging: best use of time-lapse moments

Make the best of your time-lapse moments

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Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. -Dr. Seuss

Here at Narrative, we fully identify with the wise words from Dr. Seuss above. We believe that sometimes the best moments in life are the simple ones. And we also believe that one of the best ways to present those simple moments for lifelogging enthusiasts is in the form of a time-lapse video. We love how time-lapse videos bring out the essence of a moment more clearly than still photos, which is already worth a thousand words. Here’s one example of how the Narrative Clip is being used in a fun new project for Farmers’ Hub, where they gave a brand new Narrative Clip camera to one of their growers to document this year’s preparation and planting for the potatoes used to create Walkers crisps. We appreciate projects like these and thus would like to introduce some of what we think are the best use of time-lapse moments and hope that they would inspire you to create your own little time-lapse project in some form.

For depicting a city’s colours from dawn to dusk

This first project that we would like to introduce to you is created by photographer Dan Marker-Moore. And even though this isn’t, in the absolute strictest sense “a time-lapse movie” in terms of the technique used and its final results, we love how Dan incorporated aspects of a time-lapse to create what he terms the “Time Slice” series, where each slice of a photo taken in a time-lapse is chronologically arranged either horizontally or diagonally. In one of his images, Dan even experimented with the use of triangles in arranging his time slices. Simply beautiful! Check out more of his amazing work here!

Read more: Stunning Images Of Skylines Captured With Time Lapse Photography and Time-Lapse: Spectacular Landscapes of the Southwest U.S.

Image credited to Dan Marker-Moore

For supporting those who are battling cancer

Art combined with supporting a cause! Why not? Here’s one created as part of the Australian campaign “Dry July” to support those battling cancer. Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for a month to support adults living with cancer. This year in particular, Dry July managed to set a few Guinness World Records while seeking to maximise the amount of funds raised by the end of the campaign. One of those Guinness World Records were set by this world’s largest Skittles art mosaic that was created out of more than 50000 Skittles over 67 man hours and its time-lapse movie certainly documented the amount of effort involved in creating the entire piece. Love Dry July and the cause it is supporting? Head over here to donate right now!

Video credited to The Globe and Mail

For bringing out the cool factor in new cars

Holden cars are probably not the first cars you think of when you talk about your dream car or the coolest cars but this time-lapse movie has definitely accentuated the cool factor of the all new Holden Cruze Z-Series. This time-lapse movie showing how a midnight drive through beautiful Tasmania landscapes in the new Holden Cruze Z-Series range looks like is about to fulfil its tagline – see Cruze in a new light. Self-fulfilling prophesy or hard work backed by awesome time-lapse movies as advertisements? You are the judge but comments below the video surely show one thing in unison – that people wouldn’t need the “skip ad” button on Youtube if they were actually good ads. Are you compelled to get the new Z-Series now?

Read more: 10 things you should not do in Time-lapse

Video credited to Holden

For comparing then and now

Well this final one isn’t really a time-lapse per se either, but we thought it was really interesting to put it in for your viewing pleasure as well. Here’s another one from Australia (this time from Sydney), and pictures like the one you see above are a part of the collection of digital photo compositions comparing the Australian society in pre-war 1914 and today. These are created by John Donegan, a photographer with 702 ABC Sydney, where he blended multiple digital colour images taken in 2014 with a single black-and-white image from a glass-plate negative taken around 1914. John observes from his project that even though a war was about to break out, people in Sydney were still chatting on the streets, oblivious to what was going to happen. This runs in parallel with how people of today scurry about their business. In his words, “Australia was about to change in unimaginable ways when these photographs were taken, but in some ways, as the montages suggest, perhaps Sydney has not changed that much.” Do you find some similarities in the photos of the past and of today in your own city too? Feel free to share them with us!

Image credited to John Donegan

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Getting Started with your Narrative Clip – Thoughts

Possibly the best perk of working in the Narrative Support and Community Team are the stories that we hear daily from our customers – how the Narrative Clip has changed the way they capture their lives and how they use the Clip…

“Some of them are funny, some of them are heartbreaking, but a recurring theme we hear throughout all the stories is that, we often do not appreciate the true value of the moment, until it has become a memory…”

Being one of the earliest users of the Narrative Clip, I can definitely identify with that sentiment. Unlike other tech gadgets that I can see the value of straightaway, the Narrative Clip is different…Why is this so?

Managing our Expectations

The idea of lifelogging is a relatively new concept to most (or me at least), and with the majority of us having our photographic skills limited to just point and shoot, it is inevitable that we are still slightly lost on how to deal with a lifelogging product – Do we and should we set the same expectations for the Clip as we do for any point and shoot camera? After using the Clip for nearly 9 months now, I think the answer is no. We should not set the same expectations. It can be easy to be put off when you first start using the Clip by seeing hundreds of mundane pictures (and perhaps realizing that your life is not the most exciting), but isn’t that truly reflective of what life is about?

“Our life is not always exciting, but every once in a while, something comes along and blows us away…”

Value of the Narrative Clip

If I were to compare a point and shoot camera to our lifelogging Narrative Clip, I would say the biggest difference is the intent behind the pictures. With a point and shoot camera, you pick what you want to shoot and it is a conscious decision to do so. That of course translates to 80-90% good photos. (Spending time on the composition etc. to create a perfect shot)

With the Narrative Clip, you basically relinquish control to a tiny gadget, which then captures your life as you may or may not see it. In comparison to the 80-90% good photos, the percentage of good photos from the Clip are of course significantly less. But these photos from the Clip are also the photos you would not have otherwise.

I find that with time and some experimenting, the percentage increases – Simply because I find the best positions for me to wear it and some practices to avoid. (Trying not to let my hair fall over the lens etc.)

My Stories

My Narrative Clip has captured some beautiful images – some which I could undoubtedly have taken with my iPhone, but my most treasured pictures are the candid ones. Here are some of my favorite stories…

A Day at Work

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I love this series and didn’t think I captured this encounter. The story goes like this… It was Dermot’s, one of our awesome customer service Ninjas, first day at work. I was training him on the mechanics of the Clip (Every Ninja has to go through training to be fully equipped with good knowledge to help our customers!). We were suddenly taken by surprise when we saw a head popping up in the window and asking us to open the window to the room. He then climbed in, measured something and left. What a laugh! Who says that work is always boring? Did I also mention that our office is not on the first floor?

Vacationing in Norway 

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This series was taken on my first Norway trip in the Spring. I remember being in such a cheery mood despite not having slept for more than 20 hours. This was one of the first sunny days I felt in Spring and I was out with my friends in Bergen, a small town in Norway. We decided to buy a kite on a whim and fly it. The last picture shows the amazing sunset from our hostel. Looking at these pictures, I obviously have to learn to keep my hair away from the lens too. Funny how this happened months ago, but the memory feels so fresh in my mind after looking at all these pictures!

Out at sea – Kayaking on a lazy Sunday afternoon

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This is possibly one of my favorite sets of photos - a set that would not have happened if not for my Narrative Clip. With my hands full of kayaks and my snack, it is pretty impossible to take out my camera. (Not to mention dangerous too, since I might drop my camera into the sea). I got these pictures by clipping my Clip onto my life vest. The Clip is weather-proof and is pretty resistant to water splashes. It seems to withstand all the splashes I got from my friends! I find that the Clip works really well for sports where the upper body tend to be more stationary. (less blurry pictures) Some sports that I think the Clip may be good for are kayaking, skiing, cycling, hiking, yoga etc.

Lunch Date

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I left the best picture for last. This is taken during a friend’s summer trip to find me in Sweden. We had met in London prior and he decided to fly over to Sweden on a whim for a weekend since he’s never been here. In this picture, we were sitting in this gorgeous restaurant just by the sea. It’s been such a wonderful weekend and I had decided to bring him out to the archipelago to show what Stockholm has to offer in the summer. We had such a good lunch and he was sharing his dream with me and how he wants to pursue it after going home. I remember being so excited that he is going to pursue his passion. There’s so much to this picture, and is my favorite picture of all. I am so glad my Narrative Clip caught it.

What’s your story?

P.S. Do you know the way you wear your Clip determines the orientation of your picture? Learn more here!

A day in the life of a farmer – as seen by the Narrative Clip

“A Day in the Life”

The Narrative Clip is being used in a fun new project for Farmers’ Hub. Check out part 1 below and check back for parts 2 – 4.

Who’s “A day in the life” story would you like to see? Let us know on Twitter.

Find out more about their project here.

This week in lifelogging: today’s technology from the inspiring past

Nothing new?

“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.” – Henry Ford

In our evolution of lifelogging infographic, we discussed how visual lifelogging, which largely deals with photographing life’s precious moments for the purposes of reminiscing and remembering, gradually transformed since the invention of the digital eye glass by Steve Mann in 1980. Extending this “evolution concept” beyond visual lifelogging to the broader and more general idea of lifelogging, which is really the record of the everyday life produced by a portable device regularly carried around, we will explore if the above quote by Mr. Ford holds true in the field of lifelogging, and whether we can draw parallels to how Star Trek has been predicting the tech future since 1966.

Image credited to Global Nerdy

Fashion smart apparel

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Today, many companies are venturing into the business of creating the perfect smart apparel. Such can be useful in the area of lifelogging - tracking our sports performance or even how our moods change over time. Yet, the idea of smart apparel has long been explored. One of those that were first documented can be seen in the picture above (left). Although much less classy than the ones we see today (right), tech geeks of the past have toyed with the idea of wearable tech in apparel. The difference between then and now, however, is the fact that wearable tech in the past reflected society’s obsessions with cyborgs while wearable tech today focus on a wider spectrum of things – mobility, style, design, connectedness, productivity and understanding of the self through lifelogging functions.

Read more: Wearable Solar’s Prototype Dress Combines Fashion With Phone-Charging Capabilities and Smarty Pants: Sensor-Laden Fabrics Shape Future Apparel

Image credited to Garments of Paradise: Wearable Discourse in the Digital Age (left) and International Business Times (right)

Smart watches

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The wristwatch, which was first invented by Breguet (although some have disputes about who invented the wristwatch), is what many have considered to be the most successful wearable tech so far. Traditionally, these wristwatches play a huge part in lifelogging because they allow the simple telling of time to document at which particular moment were we performing a certain act. Yet, since its invention, the wristwatch has evolved to become what we deem as smart watches, allowing a higher level of digital lifelogging that goes beyond the telling of time, to functioning as a pedometer, a thermometer and a GPS navigator all at the same time. Now we can all know how many steps we’ve taken to reach a particular place at a particular time under the sweltering heat of X degrees Celsius. Have these functions been essential in your personal lifelogging journey?

Read more: Japan Airlines trials smartwatches and iBeacons to improve service at the gate and The Beginner’s Guide to Quantified Self (Plus, a List of the Best Personal Data Tools Out There)

Image credited to Breguet (left) and Pebble (right)

Wearable computers

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Wearable computers have existed since the 1960s. The first wearable computer was a heads-up display (left) funded by ARPA that was called the Sword of Damocles (Disclaimer: we have no idea why that name either). The first of these had their roots in the casino and were used to predict the outcome of roulette games. However, as it evolved, more and more people found themselves using wearable computers for the purpose of lifelogging since they could easily store information about their lives wherever they went. Today, wearable computers have, like the smart apparel discussed above, become much sleeker and more stylish. Yet even though they have become more fashionable, wearable computers today are still greeted with much stares, both in the positive and negative light.

Image credited to io9 (left) and Forbes (right)

Social media and the collective narrative

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Today, social media has so largely infiltrated our lives that some have even become so addicted to it that deprivation can lead to various withdrawal symptoms. Not only do these social media platforms tell the stories of our own lives, our family’s and friends’ lives, as well as our pets’ lives, but they also offer a collective narrative when these lifelogging data are brought together. And if we were to loosely define social media as a platform by which people create, share and exchange information to form social interactions, the earliest form of social media could be dated back to 1940 where handwritten posters were put up in prominent locations. Perhaps the difference between then and now is the actual physical contact and social interactions that people had in the past, versus our virtual thumbs-up and comments carefully shielded by a computer screen today.

Image credited to Harold Jarche (left) and Social Media Marketing (right)

Where are we headed?

So as we gather more inspiration from the past and from old sci-fi movies, many new tech gadgets will see themselves being released in the market. Some take off while others are simply mocked at to be absolutely ridiculous. Until that point at which the market is in absolute equilibrium with just the right mix of lifelogging tools, I guess one key question remains in Mr. Ford’s quote – are all the factors that make for (lifelogging) progress ready?

Image credited to Gemma Correll

Read more: Before You Prototype a Tech Product, Ask These 5 Questions and Wearable Technology – UK and US Facts & Figures and The future is now: The 10 gadgets that will change your life

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Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Susan Pigott

Location:
Abilene, TX

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
About two months

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I’ve been using my Clip daily during our vacation to the Grand Tetons and Moab, Utah. I take it on our hikes.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I loved the idea of having a hands-free camera capturing things without me consciously taking pictures. I’m a photographer, but sometimes I feel like I’m focusing so much on taking pictures that I miss enjoying the actual events. The Clip gives me peace of mind so I don’t have to take pictures constantly as we hike. Plus, it captures things I would not ordinarily take pictures of, such as photos of us hiking, things on the side of the trail that I miss while we’re hiking, our snack breaks, and other people we meet on the trail.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
There are so many things I love about the Clip. I love having a hands-free camera that is taking pictures constantly and capturing things I might miss. I love looking through the moments after our hikes, because I never know what I will see. There’s a wonderful element of surprise with the clip because it’s capturing things you’re unaware of. So when you scan through the photos many “aha!” moments occur when you see something unexpected or surprising. I often find myself saying, “Wow!” when I look at a photo of something I don’t remember seeing while hiking. I also love the candid aspects of the photos—nothing posed or superficial about the people in the pictures.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I wear the camera on the right strap of my backpack. It points outward toward the right so it captures my family hiking in front of me but also the side of the trail next to us. I like this position better than in the center because if I put it on my center strap all it captures is the back of my family. With it on the shoulder strap, positioned about chest level, I get the best of both worlds. The only problem with this position is that I get lots of pictures of my arm when I’m using my regular cameras to take pictures. The worst thing about that is I can see how badly I need to do some pushups.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
Oh, man, this is a tough question. I’ve gotten some fantastic photos of the wilderness in the Grand Tetons and Moab. But probably the most surprising photo is one that the Clip took through my jacket. It shows trees near Emma Matilda Lake in the Grand Teton National Park framed by my jacket zipper. For some reason, I just think this shot is cool.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
So far, I’ve only had two people ask me about the Clip during our vacation. The first was when I was paragliding. I was in midair trying to attach the Clip to the harness and my paragliding pilot asked what it was and I explained it to him. Unfortunately, I attached the Clip too far up and mostly got sky pictures. Somebody else asked me if it was an altimeter.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
This is another difficult question because I’ve had so many wonderful moments captured by the Clip. Probably the best moment, even though it’s not the clearest photo, is when I paraglided off of Rendezvous mountain. The Clip captured one really great shot of the landscape and another paraglider below.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I’m a university professor. So when school starts up again in the fall, I want to do a “Day in the Life of a Professor” blog post using Narrative Clip photos.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
–As a photographer, I would most certainly like a higher megapixel camera, but I would say 16mp would be the max. 8 to 12 would probably be just fine.

–I’d love to see a frame for the Clip that would allow it to be attached in a variety of ways, much like the frame mount for the GoPro (Am I allowed to mention that here? Just FYI: I bought a GoPro, hated it, and returned it in favor of a Narrative Clip). Anyway, a frame mount would allow you to attach the Clip to a helmet, a chest mount, a wrist mount, etc. It might also provide some stabilization for the clip.

–Maybe an actual button for taking intentional shots. I’ve found the two tap method to be intermittently successful. Sometimes I have to tap several times before the clip will respond. Still, I really, really love the simplicity of the clip and the lack of buttons is part of that. Perhaps just making the two tap thing more reliable would fix this.

–Lens attachments would be great. Please do not make the internal lens wide angle. I also bought an Autographer before I got the Clip. It’s lens is super wide angle and every photograph is horribly distorted. The Autographer got returned in favor of the Narrative Clip. That said, having attachable lenses would allow people to do fun things like fisheye photos or wider angle shots if they wanted to do so.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
I am so happy with the Narrative Clip. I would recommend it to anyone who does a lot of hiking because it is simply perfect for that. My life is too boring to log every day stuff (except maybe for that blog post I mentioned above). But for special events (birthdays, reunions, weddings, etc.) and for hiking, the clip is fantastic.

I’m attaching some of the best photos taken by my Narrative Clip during our trip:

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

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Fairy Falls, Yellowstone

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Hiking Near Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park

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Leigh Lake, Grand Tetons National Park

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The Grand Tetons

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Tower of Babel, Arches National Park

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Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

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This week in lifelogging: the futuristic home

Magic in the mundane


Just a few a weeks ago, we at Narrative discussed how a typical day at work might look like 5 to 10 years from now in This week in lifelogging: the futuristic workplace. Yet, we all know that home is where the heart is. So today, we will be discussing matters of the heart in what might look like home in years to come. The video you see above shows how one man, Mr. David Rose, sees a future where we can all live like wizards. ‘Enchanted objects’, as he calls it, are ordinary things that have the same function as before, except now they can talk and are connected. In other words, they are simply ordinary things with extraordinary capabilities. Besides using the Narrative Clip that we absolutely love, Rose also sees a futuristic home adorned with various ‘enchanted objects’ like smart cutlery that monitor our eating habits, a table fitted with Google Earth so we can explore and talk about the world with our children, as well as smart umbrellas that are connected to weather forecasts to remind you to bring them out when it is about to rain. Perhaps the beauty in all of this lies in technology helping us with the mundane aspects so that we can free up time to be better family members or simply more human at home. What will you want in your futuristic home?

Read more: Putting Magic in the Mundane

Video credited to The New York Times

Handmade “Google Glass” by the little ones

And if you foresee your futuristic home to be buzzing with activities because your little ones are programming prodigies who love hacking every ordinary thing to become an enchanted object, you’re probably not alone. The parents of 13-year-old Clay Haight are just soaking in what their child has created – the most adorable Google Glass yet. Even though what the tech giant created in its latest piece of wearable tech has been highly contentious, what Clay created is seen as both cute and cool. With whatever money he saved, Clay managed to purchase an Arduino Microboard, a battery and a 3D printer to print the glass frame. These items, together with his passion for gadgets and instructions from hobbyist site Make: magazine, allowed Clay to create his version of the Google Glass that allows him to run around the house and tell his parents the temperature just for fun. Now we all wonder if Google is just waiting for Clay to grow up, in order to welcome him with open arms into the company.

Read more: DIY “Google Glass” and Holidays go hi-tech: Google Glass and other cutting-edge travel gadgets

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Focus for the whole family

Or if all that flurry of activities from your little ones is causing you to lose focus at the full spectrum of household activities that you have to get done, Melon could just be the solution for knowing whether you could beat that productivity loss with some country music that you enjoy. Melon is an activity tracker for your brain that teaches you about cognitive performance. It tracks several mental states including focus, relaxation and meditation, and then wireless communicates with your smart phone to help you understand how you feel and teaches you how to improve. The basic idea of Melon stems from how the things around us affect our mental states, both positively and negatively. By understanding that data better, one can then train his/her brain to attain their desired mental state.

Read more: Meet Melon: The quantified self headband to help calm your brain and get you focused again

Image credited to Melon

A collective narrative

In the video above, you would find what is created by the Human smartphone app makers as they draw maps of urban movement happening around the world. From walking to running routes, as well as cycling and driving routes, the visualisation of these collective personal data is not just aesthetically beautiful, but have also been able to garner insights on a larger scale, which could be used for better urban planning. Besides generating these visualisations, the information was also used to rank the cities in order of what their top mode of transport was. Amsterdam topped the list for cycling, while Washington topped it for walking and Berlin for running. According to Eric Boam from The Guardian, “When we aggregate the right data and tell our stories collectively, they become a powerful social narrative. Under the right scenarios, they can even act as an agent of change in the world.” According to him, this has already happened in 2009 when two data researchers told a story powerful enough for New York City to shelve their re-zoning plans, using real-time data collected by the smartphones of workers in a specific district. Perhaps we are the agents of the change that we want to see, beginning from our own homes. What do you think?

Read more: Telling stories about ourselves through big data and wearable technology and Inside The Bizarre, Data-Driven World Of Lifeloggers

Video credited to Human

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This week in lifelogging: a day in the life of…

A day in the life of a modern family member

When it comes to lifelogging, there is so much talk going on about fitness trackers, smart watches and all things that make the adult life more productive and efficient. Yet, lifelogging really is for all ages, shapes and sizes. From cradle to grave, all day every day, lifelogging could be a very useful habit to get into for the betterment of one’s life. Stereotypically, mothers could use the Jawbone UP wristband to track her health and happiness, fathers could use a little help from the OM Signal while he works out in the gym, while little darlings can put on the Mimo Baby Monitor for young parents to track their baby’s vital signs. For the elderly grandparent, Vesag could be an excellent way for their medicine reminders or to call for help in times of emergency. Lastly, not forgetting the family’s best friend, FitBark could be useful as a dog monitor and tracker. On a sunny day out, Sensblok also offers real-time monitoring of environmental data to help you make decisions that keeps every one safe and healthy. There’s simply something for every one on every occasion!

Read more: Wearable Technology For Every Member of the “Modern” Family and Becoming Cyborgs: 8 Gadgets That Augment Us and In the Details: Making a Smart Ring That Women Would Actually Want to Wear

Image credited to Teen Challenge Queensland

A day in the life of kids brought back to the past

With all these new gadgets for the entire family, a tinge of amazement has to go into how futuristic some of them actually look and become as time progresses. It is unimaginable ten years ago how wearable computers could even exist and can be as sleek as a pair of spectacles worn on one’s face. Yet, no matter how futuristic any of them look right now, these gadgets can one day become obsolete – useful only for making videos like the one you see above. In a bid to create some humour, entertainment and maybe even some sort of awakening, The Fine Bros have compiled a video of kids’ reactions to the once raved about Nintendo Game Boy. Indeed, technology becomes outdated if it doesn’t become better, quickly. Perhaps we will need more inspiration from Star Trek, which has been predicting the future since 1966.

Video credited to The Fine Bros

A day in the life of a potato farmer

Now even though the children from the previous video seem to detest things of the past like the Game Boy, we are certain that they would thoroughly fancy this next thing that has existed for a long time now – potato crisps. The story of Walkers Crisps began in 1948, when butcher Henry Walker started making crisps in his Leicester Plant to keep his workers busy, as meat was scarce in post-war Britain. Many years have passed but the quality of Walkers Crisps persist, now made even better with the help of technology. Yet, besides adopting new technology to grow the potatoes used for Walkers Crisps, they have also made use of new technology (The Narrative Clip!!) to provide its loyal supporters with an insider look into the preparation and planting process at the potato farms. Now that you know where your Walkers Crisps come from, perhaps it seems like an even deeper connection has been forged between you and that next bag of crisps in the kitchen cabinet that you’re about to open. Enjoy!

Video credited to PepsiCoUK

A day in the life of a British Airways passenger

If all that talk about potato farms and British Walkers Crisps is calling out to you, and you have this unexplainable urge to visit England, how about booking a trip right now through British Airways? With an airlines that is constantly searching for ways to make customers feel happier each time they fly, you can be sure that your utmost welfare is taken care of throughout the entire flight. In their most recent move to fulfil this promise to their customers, they have launched The Happiness Blanket, a device that measures and monitors passengers’ happiness levels and then changes colour to reflect their mood. In this way, British Airways will know exactly if the bright lights in the aircraft is causing anxiety, or if the food is not making passengers feel at home. Cool initiative, isn’t it?

Read more: 25 totally unnecessary but desirable travel gadgets

Video credited to British Airways

A day in the life of a Barcelonian

Or if you’re more of a Park Güell or Sagrada Familia person, then this video is probably going to interest you a lot more than potato farms or British Airways. After 363 hours of work and 817GB of data, filmmaker Rob Whitworth has created this amazing flow-motion video of Barcelona. Simply amazing! We hope you have a great weekend ahead that is nothing short of this amazing video!

Video credited to Rob Whitworth on Vimeo

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Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Jake Jager

Location:
Grand Haven, MI, USA

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
I’ve had my clip since early 2014.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
At first I wanted to use my clip on a daily basis, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t really possible. As a college student, I’m aware that many professors don’t like cameras in class, and it can be tough keeping track of it all the time. (I’d really only get a bunch of pictures of a classmate’s back anyhow) Now I tend to use it on days when I want to chronicle my work but am too busy to do actively. As a singer and student in the theatrical arts, I have a lot of very cool opportunities to capture exceedingly unique moments.

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Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
Narrative introduced me to the world of lifelogging and after reading all about the product, I was hooked. The camera was a little pricy for me, but I saw my chance when the 2012 moment contest came up. The prize offered for best picture to describe your year was a free Narrative Clip (at that time Memoto camera). After winning the contest I was ecstatic to think of all the things in my life I would be able to look back at.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
Simply put: versatility. The Narrative Clip has more uses than almost any camera available to the general public. This one camera can chronicle your entire day, capture a sunset time-lapse, catch some candid shots of your own face, or even log your activity during a 9-5 desk job. I don’t know of another camera that could do all that on one charge and fit in my pocket. Aside from the uses, the camera itself is so small and discrete, I could wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, or my tuxedo, and it wouldn’t stand out very much at all.

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How do you wear/use the camera?
I use the camera mostly to capture my time backstage during performances, on my desk while I’m working, and sometimes I’ll hang it from my rear-view and get an interesting time-lapse of my drive. I thought I would only want to wear the Narrative Clip one way, but after spending a week using it, I couldn’t help but experiment with it.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
Nothing has been very interesting or surprising, but I’ve gotten a few that seem to really encapsulate some days perfectly. The one I’m sharing here is from a day at my church when I led music worship. It was during a rehearsal when the actual photo was taken, but as it is in most cases, the photo speaks for itself.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
The usual conversation goes loosely like this:

-Hey, what’s that on your shirt?
-It’s a camera, called Narrative Clip.
-So its taking video of me right now?
-Not exactly, no. It takes pictures periodically.
-Oh.
-(I usually go into detail about how it’s like having a digital photographic memory…etc.)
-(Person begins looking into the camera and waves)
-(I say something like “Hey buddy I’m up here”)
-(I usually don’t tell them that they can tap it to take pictures.)

I don’t have the most normal friends, but since there’s not really a social contract in place for most wearables so people will grab and touch pretty frequently.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
The best moments always seem to be the ones yet to be uploaded. The moment I put the camera on, I’m already excited to see the pictures appear on my phone. I can’t ever settle on one favorite moment, because there are so many. That I think is the real beauty of the Narrative Clip. It helps the user appreciate their memories.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to?
I know it’s not a fun answer, but I’m really hoping for a lens case. When traveling I wouldn’t mind having a bulky case on the camera. I love everything that Narrative has to offer, but if the lens angle was even 10 degrees wider I would be more apt to use it at a higher frequency.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
Low light adaptability would be very nice for the camera itself. As an actor, I spend a lot of time backstage, I know for a fact that some of the coolest pictures could be taken from backstage. I’d also love to see some more work done with the GPS integration. A map of all the photo locations on the app would be cool. Lots more development needs to be done on the app as I’m sure all of you at Narrative know =). A desktop app is the one other thing I hope to see in the future.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I can’t wait to take my Narrative to exciting new places. This little thing has made me see the world through a different eye. Narrative, in my book, will always be the closest thing to an actual photographic memory.

This week in lifelogging: of food fads and world’s weddings

Extreme food fads throughout history

One segment of lifelogging is the documentation of our meals. After all, we are what we eat and different cultures all around the world are partly defined by its varying food habits. One artist in particular, decides to take it to the extreme by exploring terrible constrictions of diets and deprivation in celebrities. In his series known as Still Diet, Dan Bannino intentionally sets up representations of these diets. The picture you see above is one of Lord Byron’s “Romantic poet’s diet”, comprising potatoes drenched in vinegar, poetry and soda water. In another, Dan features Bill Clinton’s cabbage soup diet and Kate Moss’ Hollywood diet. What’s your diet like?

Read more: The Most Extreme Food Fads Throughout History, From Henry VIII To Beyonce

Image credited to Dan Bannino

Behold the future of food photography

Well, hang on! Before you run along and set up the dining table to feature your unique diet, maybe you’d like to check this out. With people all around the world obsessing over getting the perfect picture of what they’re eating, MWEB (a WiFi provider), decided to partner with South African restaurant El Burro to debut #dinnercam to the public. Wondering what exactly is #dinnercam? Simply put, it’s a lightbox that can instantly bring food photography to the next level. Here’s how it works. For absolutely no fee, diners who wish to take a more professional snapshot of their meal can request for #dinnercam, which features several light settings – from green to purple to traditional white. Subsequently, after snapping a picture, #dinnercam sends it right to your mobile device. Say goodbye to just sitting around and being envious of stunning food photography from all around the world. Are you a foodie who’s ready to try #dinnercam out or do you think that this is one step too far?

Read more: New #dinnercam takes food photography to the next level and Best Of Instagram Food Photography

Video credited to MWEB

World’s biggest wedding

Besides food, one other major aspect defining different cultures of the world is this big event – weddings. From the blackening of the bride to jumping over a broom, all sorts of weird and wonderful wedding traditions exist and they are all worth documenting. For the couple you see in the picture above, how they wanted their big day to be different from others’ was to break the world record for the biggest wedding after walking down the aisle with a staggering 126 bridesmaids. The newlyweds, Nisansala and Nalin from Sri Lanka, smashed the previous world record of 96 bridesmaids, held by a Thai couple who got married in Bangkok. How would you like your big day to be different?

Read more: Couple break wedding world record with 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men, 20 page boys and 23 flower girls and The most amazing wedding venues in the world and This Exquisite Timelapse Of The Natural World Is An Instant Classic

Image credited to Mirror

Making art out of the data of everyday life

From small events like meal times to bigger events like weddings, documenting them have become an integral part of our life and can be termed lifelogging. For avid lifeloggers like Eugene Granovsky, lifelogging could mean taking an Instagram photo at 8:36pm every day. To him, the whole point of this self-tracking is so that he can be the best person he can be. He mentions that any newcomers to lifelogging begin by tracking things that are easily quantifiable, like how much they’ve slept or the number of steps they’ve taken today. However, for him, he believes that lifelogging is as much a philosophy as it is about the numbers. And that’s why he takes the daily instagram, which serves as a trigger to remember what he was doing that day. “It’s the mundane parts of life,” says Granovsky. “That’s what makes it interesting.” For others like Stephen Cartwright, lifelogging data is turned into art. His sculpture Deviation, based on his physical location (latitude and elevation) over a period of several months, is currently on display, along with a dozen other life-data-based works, at the Elmhurt Art Museum in an exhibit called “LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday.” How would you use your lifelogging data?

Read more: Making art out of the data of everyday life

Image credited to Elmhurst Art Museum

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