The idea behind the Memoto Lifelogging Experience is to simplify the lifelogging process, making it easy to find and enjoy your most interesting photos. One of the ways we do this is through the Memoto Lifelogging App. We strongly believe one of the reasons visual lifelogging has been around so long, yet hasn’t caught on is because it’s difficult to make sense of all of the photos. The Memoto Camera is just one part of the experience. By focusing on, not only the Memoto Camera, but also how you will interact with the photos it creates, we are making lifelogging an accessible, intuitive process.
Earlier we showed you the app’s Timeline View. Take a minute to see what your Memoto moments will look like in the Moment View section of the app and to learn how our algorithms work to bring your best photos to the forefront.
Browsing and reliving your moments should feel easy and effortless. When handling a large number of photos, it’s important to present you with the most meaningful ones. We’re happy to briefly explain how it currently works within our Iphone and Android apps.
You will be able to relive moments in three ways:
- Press the main image area to play the moment in stop motion
- Swipe on the main image area
- Swipe on the moment thumbnails
Here’s a quick video showing the new timeline and moment view on a Nexus 4:
Beta version of the Memoto Lifelogging App
So, how do we decide what constitutes a moment? This is done through a process we are calling “momentification.”
The vision behind the momentification is that a perceived situation in life should cause one moment. Such events could be a trip to work, lunch with a friend, a walk in the park, cooking a meal, etc. Obviously, even in a perfect world, this can mean different things for different people, some might see the morning coffee break as part of the workday, some might see it as it’s own event. The way we try to quantify this is by looking at lighting and position. The data from these two elements create a “likelihood signal” used to indicate a moment.
Representation image selection
When moments have been created, the next step is to choose representation images for each moment. The vision is that these images look good and are meaningful to you. Three criteria of photo attractiveness have been chosen for our system: contrast, symmetry and lack of motion blur. Apart from choosing photos with a nice composition, we also want to choose photos that are meaningful. Humans find meaning in many things; most of all we find meaning in faces. Even as newborns we pay more attention to human faces than other objects. Therefore, it makes sense to show more of images with faces and less of images without them.
/Petri, Sebastian B. Sebastian J.
Art Director UX Manager Image Processing Engineer