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

Thoughts on life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Shiva M. 6

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.

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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.




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:

shiva 1
shiva 2

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.

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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)

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