This week in lifelogging: 3D-print your life, visual documentations and spring goodness

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3D printing has gotten much hype over the recent years. With tons of 3D printers out in the market, and countless others like The Buccaneer that raised more than $1.4million in its Kickstarter campaign for a goal of $100 000, it is not difficult to see that 3D printing is indeed gaining traction all around the world. Now what if you could 3D print your life? How would it look like in a stop-motion video? In the video above, you would find a single bear endlessly climbing a flight of stairs. Behind the scenes, 50 3D-printed bears were used, and each of these bears were created to be incrementally different to “explore the use of stop frame animation with 3D printing.” According to The Verge, this cinematographic technique can be traced back to the 1898 stop-motion film called The Humpty Dumpty Circus and it evokes the illusion of movement by playing a sequence of individually photographed shots, each containing an object that has been gradationally moved or changed. Now how cool is it, if perhaps we could create our very own 3D-printed lives accurately and depict it in a stop-motion film?

Read more: 3D-printed bears make adorable stop-motion stars

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From 0 to 14 years in 4 minutes

And if you would like an alternative video technique instead of the stop-motion video you see above to visually journal and represent your life, consider making a time-lapse video. Besides the ones created using the Narrative Clip, here’s one created by Dutchman Frans Hofmeester, who took short video snaps of his daughter Lotte once a week over the course of her life until she turned 14 in October last year. Clearly, Hofmeester realizes that documenting a child’s growing up years could be one of the most important things in life that many parents inevitably forget to do because they do not take enough photographs or are simply at work too much. This then goes on to become one of the many regrets that parents have when they realize that their children grew up too quickly and now even have families of their own. So whip out your cameras and start documenting the lives of those important to you. We promise they’d become beautiful memories 10 or 20 years down the road. And to keep that up at Narrative, we too created a time-lapse video using the Narrative Clip while building the Narrative office logo!

Watch more: Breathtaking Time-Lapse Captures the City, Culture and Landscape of Doha, Qatar and CBS4 Mountain Timelapse Shows Winds Of Change

Video credited to Hofmeester

Twitter + Cover

Well if you’re more of a left-brainer than a right-brainer, then you’re probably using Twitter to journal down your life in words. And if you’re an Android user, here’s some good news for you! Less than 2 weeks back, Twitter acquired Cover, a startup that created an app to learn when and where you use different apps and puts them on your lock-screen for easy access. This means that you will have the right apps at the right time, and you won’t have to fumble through the multitude of apps that you’ve downloaded. While it is still unclear what Twitter is going to do with this new acquisition, speculation by Wired has it that “Cover’s technology opens the door to several new ways Twitter could more closely tie its microblogging service into your smartphone and other devices. It could not only push the service to the front of your OS, but extensively tailor the service to where you are and what you’re doing.” With Cover, Twitter could even further hone things for tiny wearable screens to provide greater context on the go. Or maybe Twitter bought Cover just so others will not be able to buy it. Let’s wait and see!

Read more:  Twitter Just Bought a Startup That Could Remake the Service and Wearable tech gloves that will change the way we make music

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Spring time goodness

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It is spring! Known as the season of new beginnings, spring means different things to different people all across the world. This week, we also launched our very own #MySpringNarrative photo contest. Simply take a photo of something that represents spring to you and add a caption for context. Then tag @narrativeclip on Instagram or tweet at @getnarrative on Twitter and use #MySpringNarrative. The contest runs through Thursday, April 24st at 23.59. So keep the entries coming in!

PS. we welcome anything from animals in metros, motivating young girls that depict history’s most influential women to spring vacation photographs (tips here)!

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Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Andon E.

Location:
New York, NY

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
I’ve been using my Narrative Clip for just about two months.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I wear my Clip everyday… I never know what will happen when I go out into New York. Whether I’m walking to class, riding the subway, at dinner with friends or at a concert, I have my Clip on. It’s not a burden to have on all the time, so I clip it on and forget about it.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I’ve always been a bit of a gadget guy and, for the last couple years at least, I’ve been most interested in the wearable tech market. I saw a couple articles on my go-to tech sites about a similar automated wearable camera and was intrigued by the idea. The camera I originally saw seemed like a great idea but looked a little too bulky. When I found what was then the Memoto Clip on Kickstarter, it seemed like the perfect mix of design and functionality I was looking for. It was a no-brainer. I backed the project right away.

Describe what it is about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
For me, the idea that I can live my life unhindered and have photos documenting my experiences is a truly unique and special thing. It’s kind of pathetic, but having to stop what you’re doing, take out your phone, and snap a picture is a distraction… it breaks up the moment’s fluidity. With my Narrative Clip, I don’t have to do anything. It will do all of the work without any disruption. Even if the photo isn’t perfectly framed or it comes out a little blurry, the fact that I captured the moment and can share it with my friends and family is a really neat concept.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I wear my clip on the outermost layer of my upper body. In the winter here, it’s clipped to the pocket on my parka while I walk to class. When I get to class, I move it to my shirt or sweater. I’ve found that having it on a tighter article of clothing leads to more clear pictures.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
I have two. The first is when we were driving on an island in the Caribbean and we came across this tortoise slowly crossing the road. We were worried it would get run over in its attempt to cross so we pulled over and I hopped out. I had been wearing my Clip all day and had forgotten about it so when I imported my photos at the end of the day, I was pleased to find that it had captured the moment just as I went to pick the little guy up and carry him across.

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The second is a totally useless photo that has absolutely no sentimental value to me but one day I was grocery shopping and my Clip captured this candid image of me grabbing a carton of milk. It came out so sharp and vibrant that I had to post it to my Narrative Clip inspired Tumblr www.lifescan.tumblr.com. That night, one of my friends made it her Twitter cover image and it quickly became a joke in my friend group. In a way, it captures what life blogging is all about – cataloging even the most menial candid moments. My parents got a kick out of seeing every bit of my routine and my friends still laugh about it a month later.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
The best part about the Clip is that not many people notice it so you get really candid moments but, if they do notice it, it can be fun. One of my friends, whenever she sees me, will walk up, make a funny face, and double tap it forcing it to take a picture. I now have a collection of photos of just her, making a number of great faces. One stranger, when I was at a concert, noticed it and asked what it was. When I told him it was a camera, he asked if I was a spy. Naturally, I said yes.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
This photo captures a rare moment where my dad and I (and mom and sister although not pictured) are having a family brunch on the last day of one of their visits to New York.My parents live in the SF Bay Area while my sister and I are studying in New York so we don’t see them that often. Since a full-family get together is rare, we make plans to get brunch together at our favorite restaurant every time. The bright orange juice, clear text on the menu, and the overall color palette (although slightly edited in VSCO) are interesting to me and I find it captures the moment accurately and candidly. They’re always nice meals so it’s great to have this candid photo capturing that vibe.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I’m really looking forward to doing more traveling with my Narrative Clip. I tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago in the Caribbean and it was really nice capturing adventures without having to stop and pull out my phone or lug around a DSLR around. Mixing in underwater photos taken with my GoPro camera, I could capture the whole experience of driving to a trail, hiking to the beach, snorkeling, and working my way back seamlessly.

What’s a feature(s) you would really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
Down the road I’d love to see the next generation clip get Wifi or Bluetooth capability to start syncing photos with my phone on the go. For generation one, I’d love to work out a hardware adapter and software update that would allow me to plug my Clip into my iPhone but that’s probably not an option.Also, I go to a lot of concerts and the Clip has a hard time with the mixture of low light then high intensity light. I’d love to work out a way to increase the camera’s lowlight ability but that’s likely a hardware fix, not software. So, again, I’m looking forward to that in the second generation.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
I absolutely love my Clip. It provides a great way to capture my life with almost no effort.

Celebrate Spring with the #MySpringNarrative photo contest

The Narrative Clip is now in 53 different countries!

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So, spring probably means different things to different people and we are curious to see the world from your eyes. Those of us here in Sweden are looking forward to spending more time outdoors in the sun.

The challenge

It’s simple, wherever you are in the world, show us what spring means to you. Perhaps, it’s represented by a change in weather, a holiday, a festival or good cleaning of your humble abode.

What’s your spring narrative? 

Here are some some examples caught by my Narrative Clip for inspiration.

photo 1 Springtime is budding @getnarrative #MySpringNarrative

photo 3 (2)Candy and Easter Witches? That’s right, witches. It’s a thing here in Sweden. @narrativeclip #MySpringNarrative

The Prize

We’ll take the winning photo and have it printed on marshmallows that will be sent to you…Yep. Marshmallows. Your very own springtime treat!

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Marshmallows with the Narrative logo

Fun fact: The only way to get the photos on the marshmallows is through Instagram. Therefore, the winning photo will be uploaded to our @narrativeclip Instagram account.

The Rules

Entering the contest is easy. Take a photo of something that represents spring to you and add a caption for context. Then tag @narrativeclip on Instagram or tweet at @getnarrative on Twitter and use #MySpringNarrative. That’s it. One photo, with the correct tags, submitted on Instagram or Twitter constitutes one entry. You can enter as many times as you like.

The contest runs through Thursday, April 24st at 23.59. A winner will be chosen by the Narrative team and announced on Friday, April 25th. Good luck!

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Aluminum foil dipped in water can remove rust stains. #springcleaning

This week in lifelogging: together in unity, in wackiness, and in trust

From the quantified self to the quantified us

A huge portion of digital lifelogging done currently is largely intertwined with the Quantified Self movement. This basically means that individuals are taking ownership of the large amounts of data that they produce every single waking (and sleeping) moment, and somehow trying to make sense of it. However, as the saying goes, “no man is an island”, the same goes for the Quantified Self movement and people are slowly working towards what is known as the Quantified Us. As this Wired article points out, the Quantified Us presents a future where self-tracking harnesses a whole population’s data to identify patterns and make meaningful recommendations. One example of this being done can be seen in initiatives like Curious, which is launched by 23andMe’s co-founder. Curious aims to not only provide a place for patients to ask questions, but to collect Quantified Self information from apps and devices that the patients use as well. This serves to attain the next step in wearable technology, which is to provide anticipatory information that is translated into future knowledge. What do you think of the Quantified Us movement?

Read more: Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us and Anticipating Anticipatory Wearables

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Wacky creations

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Now if you’re just not that into the entire Quantified Self movement or do not have a life just as fancy as this man who posted a photo of him right from the space station onto Instagram, not to worry! Ahmad El-Abi, an Egyptian photographer, will show you how to have a little fun out of the ordinary everyday life. From sticking yellow rubber ducks in his hair to playing tic-tac-toe with bread and jam during breakfast, Ahmad Abi never fails to cheer up the 34 thousand followers he has on Instagram. As he claims and wittily inspires, “I don’t say I am a photographer but I have some ideas”. Well then, if you have some ideas, how about turning the everyday mundane activities into something as fun and wacky as Ahmad Abi did? Follow him on Instagram or check out more of his wacky photography projects here!

Image credited to Ahmad Abi

Trusting photographers

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And if you’re still taking in from last week how Russian photographer, Katerina Plotnikova, managed to interact so closely with the animal kingdom to capture such surreal pictures, we’re about to introduce one more photographer who will blow your mind away as well. Here’s Will Burrard-Lucas, a professional wildlife photographer from the UK, known for using technology and innovation to photograph wildlife in new ways. In one of his latest projects, Will travelled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to photograph some of the most charismatic (and cutest) creatures in Africa – meerkats. Within just a span of six days, a family of meerkats were so comfortable with Will that they even used his camera as a lookout post for themselves, and had a go at taking a picture themselves. What can we say? We’re certainly always amazed at such intimate interactions between mankind and the animal kingdom!

Read more: Simples! Family of cheeky meerkats try their hand at photography while using the cameraman as a lookout post and Dublin-based photographer shoots stunning timelapse footage of Northern Lights

Image credited to Burrard-Lucas Photography

The human experience

While the human-animal interactions never fail to amaze us, human-human experiences are definitely just as or even more precious. This week, we found a compilation of what is said to be the 60 most powerful photos ever taken that perfectly capture the human experience. Out of these photographs are quiet yet strong depictions of joy, love, despair, curiosity, and everything in between. These emotions deeply connect us with the characters in the photographs and really, put plainly, make us feel all human again. Do you have one of these moments to share?

View more photos here: The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

Image credited to Patricia Willocq

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Important information on “Heartbleed”

This week, a major vulnerability was discovered that affects the way data is encrypted over much of the Internet. You might have heard about this, called “Heartbleed”, in the media and other places.

No breach detected

Although we have no evidence of breaches at Narrative we, like many other Internet related companies, took immediate actions to patch the vulnerability in our infrastructure. As extra precautions, we also undertook additional actions to further improve the protection against possible breaches.

Narrative is no longer vulnerable to “Heartbleed”.

Change your Passwords

We strongly recommend that you change all Narrative passwords [narrativeapp.com/login/] as well as your passwords on other services.

Questions?

If you have more questions don’t hesitate to contact us at Narrative Support

Narrative Clip Reviews

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Looking back at the first impressions – Narrative Clip Reviews

We are incredibly happy to see that it’s not just us in the team who loves Narrative and the Narrative Clip. The rapid growth of the user community and users sharing their experiences and their positive feedback and user reviews makes us warm at heart. There’s been Narrative Clips out in the wild since late 2013 and aside of lots of great user reviews, the traditional press has also been overwhelmingly kind in its reviews. It would be impractical to put press reviews together, but we thought we should share some of the best Narrative Clip reviews here.

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“The Narrative Clip demonstrates how a simple, easy-to-use, fairly low-tech gadget can enhance your life, by helping you remember all the things – good and bad – that happen.” Les Shu, Digital Trends.

Read the full review from Digital Trends here.

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“The Narrative Clip is the most polished of the wearable lifelogging cameras we’ve looked at to date. [It’s] just as good as I hoped it would be.” Martin Bryant, The Next Web

Read the full review from The Next Web here.

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“Taking a picture is not just admiring something, but creating a diminutive piece that is your own.” Dani Fankhauser, Mashable

Read the full review from Mashable here.

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“I now have a flipbook of my friend’s baby pugs frolicking, a capture of a moment that’s not only priceless, but would otherwise not have been purposefully recorded.” Mike Lasky, Wired

Read the full review from Wired here.

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“Even only having worn the Clip over the course of a few weeks, I found I could look back on some of the earlier moments and be surprised with what memories they jogged.” – Chris Davies, SlashGear

Read the full review from SlashGear here.

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“Yes, I took gigabytes of boring photos of me sitting in front of a computer at work. But when I took the tiny camera hiking or hanging out with kids, they produced Instagram-worthy shots. (I also discovered surprising uses, like when I scanned my photo log to discover where I’d misplaced my watch.)” Geoffry Fowler, Wall Street Journal

Read the full review from Wall Street Journal here.

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“Narrative works exactly as advertised — it’s your onboard photographic memory!I imagine this being a pretty indispensable tool for new parents who don’t want to become camera-toting cliches, or for a blogger who wants to capture images from his or her day without being obtrusive or conspicuous.” “For the practically minded, this could be a perfect device for helping you remember things — names, faces, meals, absolutely whatever else.” Dylan Love, Business Insider

Read the full review from Business Insider here.

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“I owe it all to my favorite new accessory: a Triscuit-sized, wearable camera called the Narrative Clip that automatically snaps a photo every 30 seconds. Yet even more than expanding my memories, I found my own camera companion was actually creating new ones.” Bianca Bosker, Huffington Post

Read the full review from The Huffington Post here.

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“The iOS and Android apps immediately impress. Even after a week, when memories begin fading, opening the Narrative app on my phone helps recall not only the events, but the emotions, I was feeling at the time.” Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup

Read the full review from Mobile Syrup here.

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“The mobile app is pretty slick. It’s a breeze to swipe along a ribbon of thumbnails near the bottom and enlarge chosen moments for closer inspection. I’m able to share any of those photos from the app to Facebook and Twitter. [...] These are moments that I would have never thought to take a photo of, but they are part of my existence, now recorded in imagery.” – Ron Harris, Associated Press

Read the full review from Associated Press here.

Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Paula D.

Location?
Los Angeles, CA

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
2 weeks.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I only use it when I’m going somewhere where people won’t get mad that I’m wearing a camera (which is very easy to tell with the Clip), and where there is going to be a ton of light. I’ve been too frustrated trying to take indoor/evening/night photos and just getting noise.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I am a photographer, but I work totally manually, making the idea of lifelogging very strange to me. A friend and I had talked about lifelogging, and a few days later he sent me a link to the “Memoto” Kickstarter page.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
I like the whole idea of the Clip and that it’s black.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I tried wearing it as a necklace, but the angle of my sternum made the clip point up, giving me dozens of sky photos. I tried to shim the necklace, but it makes it so bulky that it’s obviously a camera and that draws way too much attention. I tried clipping it on my purse, but it fell off at a roulette table in Vegas. Now I’m trying it as a higher necklace, on a silver choker, but people seem to notice it even more that way. Ultimately, I have not yet figured out the best way to wear the clip.

Paula and her Narrative Clip

Paula and her Narrative Clip

What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
I wore my Narrative clip to the Hollywood YMCA and captured a man working out in front of me, wearing slacks and leather dress shoes.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
It is so obviously a camera that everyone has to ask. Then they either tell me to put it away, or they ask where they can buy one. I took it to the LA Marathon and tons of people in the crowd asked about my Narrative and wanted to look at it.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
I liked getting the Bellagio fountains erupting in Vegas, with a truck billboard for Million Dollar Quartet driving by. I would honestly have to say that all the best moments have been missed, but I’ll try to get better with that.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I’m looking forward to taking it to the LA County Fair, and I may take it to a movie premiere on Hollywood Blvd. Also, the LA Zoo.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
I would like an easier way to sort and store photos. Right now, I have to select them, send them to my photo library, and email them to myself by putting each photo in the body of the email individually. No other way seems to work. Also, as hard as this probably is, I would like the Narrative to be less bulky, so it calls less attention to itself. And better quality photos in low light.

Anything else you’d like to add or share?
All in all, I’m very excited to be on the front end of magic like this. I think it’s a great product and service, and I look forward to seeing Narrative develop.

You can see more of Paula’s Narrative Clip photos here.

This week in lifelogging: amazing animals, people and their environments

Surreal photography with real animals

Last week, we took a look at how Christoph Rehage engaged in extensive lifelogging to visually journal his longest walk through China by foot. And this week, we found a Moscow-based Russian photographer, Katerina Plotnikova, who journeyed through the animal kingdom and took amazing and extremely surreal pictures of models interacting with real animals. Beautiful photographs like the one you see above were taken, made possible with the help of both animal trainers and her touch of enchantment. From animals of great strength like the bear to brightly-colored slithering snakes, Katerina manages to combine what seems like danger with elegant princesses, creating what can only be described as magical. What would you do to spice up your lifelogging process?

Read more: Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With REAL Animals and Photographer Gets Up Close and Personal With Dog Noses

Image credited to Katerina Plotnikova at Bored Panda

The evolution of identical twins

Katerina, in her photography project mentioned above, managed to bring together two beings that are seemingly unable to co-exist. Now what if two beings were born to co-exist in the same environment, were brought up separately, and then reunited to examine how the effects of the different environments had affected them? That’s exactly what Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo did. He decided to explore the intersection of science and fate, photographing a selection of identical twins over the age of fifty, and documenting how different or similar they looked over time. No doubt, identical twins are often indistinguishable when they are young. In fact, they have been studied extensively on the basis of debates if nature or nurture played a bigger role in affecting our lives and how we turned out since identical twins share the exact same genes, which means that differences between them must be due to the environment. Yet, as this photography project reveals, even identical twins can begin to look different from each other after being in different environments for an extended period of time. Interesting, isn’t it?

Read more: Stunning Photos Of Identical Twins As Grown-Ups Show How Fate Takes Its Course

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The Pantone Project

When even identical twins can begin to look different from each other over time, how much more has mankind evolved to look drastically dissimilar? Photographs like the one you see above, are part of a project known as The Pantone Project, designed to create a dialogue around ethnic diversity. This had been initiated by Angélica Dass, a Madrid-based photographer, who began taking portraits of people and matching their skin tones to Pantone hues to show how wide-ranging the human spectrum really is. In her interview with Mashable, she mentioned that being the granddaughter of black and native Brazilians, and the daughter of a black father adopted by a white family, she is really a mixture of diverse pigments. To her, “Humanae is a pursuit for highlighting our true colors, rather than the untrue and clichéd red and yellow, black and white.” Her 2000 over portraits have already generated much discussion, including being used in educational textbooks, as a tool for teachers to talk about equality, by scientists to illustrate research in optical physiology, and also helping children to identify themselves as unique.

Read more: ‘We Are Just Humans’: Portrait Project Highlights Ethnic Diversity

Image credited to Angélica Dass

Amazing time-lapse videos

Speaking so much about how animals and human beings have been photographed, one thing that definitely cannot be neglected is the beauty of mother nature that they’re ever so interconnected with. Here’s an amazing time-lapse video captured by Videographer Matt Johnson in Dallas. Although it is commonly said that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, Matt’s clever techniques made it look like the skies were beaming with lightning bolts continuously at the same location. Whether it did or not, this time-lapse video of what is known as a ”dry convective thunderstorm” (since rain never fell) is definitely worth a watch. Happy weekend everybody!

Watch more: This time lapse of fireflies is art in motion and This timelapse video of Dubai is unreal

Video credited to Matt Johnson @ WhoIsMatt.com

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Thoughts on life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Shiva M.

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
hmm I don’t remember … I know! I’ll scan through my private timeline and see when my first narrative moment was captured! hehe ;) Started using the Clip at 2PM EST on March 7th! So for 20 days now. It feels a lot longer than that actually!

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
All the time and everywhere except gym locker rooms and in the shower.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
For a long time I’ve had two habits I really enjoy – tracking (weight, food, usage history, frequency of habits etc etc etc) and taking photos (to capture memories and relive them years later). The clip fit into those two interests of mine so perfectly, that I had to get it. Plus, I’ve always enjoyed technology / gadgets … makes me feel like I’m living in the future!

Describe what you like best about the Clip?
I really enjoy how much the Clip is off my mind. I just wear it and it does its thing. Occasionally I do think about it when I look at an interesting object to attach the clip on to get unique shots from. Otherwise, it is completely off my mind and doesn’t interfere with my day-to-day experience. By contrast, before the Clip I would take many photos with my phone to help capture the moment. That required me to constantly scan for neat times to take photos and then step out of what I’m doing to pull out my phone and snap a picture.

How do you wear/use it?
I find wearing the clip on a t-shirt doesn’t really work, since its too high up. However, wearing it on a shirt works perfectly.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo(s) you’ve captured so far?
Jeez, there are so many. I find the Clip is really good at capturing interesting emotions when hanging out with people. Here are a couple of collages I’ve created:

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
I find people react in one of three ways: Either they’re technophiles, like me, and get enamored with the Clip, showering me with questions on where I got it, how my experience of it was, and expressing an interest in getting it themselves at some point. Or, they think its cool, like playing with it themselves and seeing the photos it generates, but don’t feel a desire to get it for themselves since they’re indifferent to constantly logging their life and taking / sharing pictures. And finally, privacy! There are those who have a strong sense that their privacy is violated by being photographed at such a frequency and become super uncomfortable. The best solution I’ve found in the last case is simply to let them wear the Clip instead of me. This way, they aren’t in any of the photos, while at the same time I’m able to fully capture and share the moment.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
Once I lost my Clip! Thankfully a gas attendant found it and stored it. The gas attendant was an older woman who had no idea what the device was and so, upon me retrieving back the clip, she was amazed at what it actually did and that such a technology existed. Anyways, the best moment captured were the photos of her investigating and storing the clip when she found at at the gas bar! That will always be an anchor for me for the relief I felt at getting my clip back and gratitude at her safely storing it.

What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
A few weeks from now I’m having a Game of Thrones season premier party (where we watch the new season launch of GoT) … I’m planning to clip my Narrative Clip onto my projector screen so it captures our faces as various interesting plot developments reveal themselves (although I feel the first few episodes won’t have many twists … but still, who knows!)

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?

  1. Better moment categorization / manipulation (tagging, adjusting when one moment begins and the other ends, renaming moments etc)
  2. Waterproofing
  3. A little laser pointer so you can more easily figure out what the camera is pointing towards when setting it up on surfaces in an attempt to capture a specific area (eg: when working out)
  4. The ability to increase / decrease the frequency of shots being taken.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m super glad this technology exists! At first, I got it because it was cool and thought there was a very real possibility I would use it for a bit and then stop. However, it has turned out to be so useful, not having it feels weird now! I used to take photos manually before. Now, I only ever do it if I’m outside and there’s something exceptionally beautiful in nature for which I want a high res photo. The Clip helps me forget about capturing the moment while its happening and more actively simply live it (hehe and later relive it once I’ve synced my camera :P)

This week in lifelogging: on the road, in the womb and way up in the air

Logging the longest walk

If you think lifelogging is uninteresting and pure troublesome, think again. Last week, we shared how Tom Fletcher from McFly combined songwriting and lifelogging to document his wife’s journey through her pregnancy. And this week, we’d like to share with you yet another amazing project that we think you’d love! In the video above, you’d find Christoph Rehage, a man who spent an entire year walking through China by foot. Although his original plan was to walk from China to Germany (!!!), his journey ended after walking for more than 4500km from Beijing to Ürümqi, solely on foot. This film has also won several awards three years in a row, including the 2009 Boulder Adventure Film Festival, 2010 Berlin Webcuts and 2011 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. If you enjoyed this, head over to his Facebook page and check out more of his works like a beautiful time-lapse video of Pisa.

Read more: The longest way

Video credited to The Longest Way 1.0 – walk through China and grow a beard! – TIMELAPSE from Christoph Rehage

From Internet to “Inner-net”

Lifelogging the way Christoph Rehage did can reveal many things that were previously tucked away in the unknown. To delve into the unknown realm of our personal lives, many have also chosen to quantify themselves with various wearable tech gadgets. Here’s introducing Mr. Chris Dancy, who allegedly is the most connected man in the world. According to an interview done between Chris and PSFK, he currently has between 300 to 700 systems that capture data on his life in real time at any given moment. As Chris mentions in the interview, he believes that the future of wearable technology is heading towards the rise of a ‘Human operating system’ or what he calls ‘Existence as a Platform’. In addition, he believes that the biggest thing that the Quantified Self movement will see in the next five years will be these different devices working together and creating lifestyle systems with receipts for goals or outcomes. In his words, “We will leave the ‘Internet’ and create the ‘Inner-net.’ ” Are you ready to embrace the Human OS?

Read more: What the most connected man in the world believes is the future of wearable tech and How wearables became the key tech trend of 2014

Image credited to PSFK

Quantifying before birth

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And with some people embracing the Human OS mentioned above for their babies through various baby-logging apps, there is also one particular start-up that is eager to get self-tracking started in life that hasn’t even been born into the world. Designed for pregnant ladies, Bellabeat allows moms-to-be to listen to and share their baby’s heartbeat, as well as track their pregnancy using just a handheld gadget and their smartphone. Bellabeat tracks almost everything a pregnant mom-to-be would like to know – countdown till the pregnancy due date, the baby’s heart rate and even their kick counter. It also gives prenatal tips or helps these pregnant moms find prenatal care. With such a comprehensive and targeted use case, the company has managed to sell 2,000 units in just the first two weeks. If you’re a mom-to-be and you’re keen to track your baby’s progress, head over to order your Bellabeat baby monitor now at just $129!

Read more: Hands On With Bellabeat, The App That Lets Moms-To-Be Hear And Share Baby’s Heartbeat and Taking measure of the Quantified Self Movement

Image credited to Bellabeat

From the bird’s eye view

As we explore lifelogging on the road through Christoph Rehage and in the womb through Bellabeat today, here’s Alex MacLean taking us through lifelogging way up in the air in his photography series known as “Aerial Perspectives”. MacLean is a fully licensed pilot and uses his highly efficient Cessna 182 carbon fibre aeroplane to explore the world recording landscapes, architecture and human behaviour from a bird’s eye view. Besides the usual challenges that a professional photographer has to face, MacLean also has to tackle issues such as unpredictable weather, changing lighting conditions, and the plane’s vibration. Yet, with more than 30 years of experience, MacLean has managed to capture many breathtaking aerial views. Check out more of his works here and let it take your breath away!

Read more: What the World Looks Like From the Cockpit and 16 Photos of Unique Perspectives From Mashable Readers

Image credited to Alex MacLean

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