Want a Photographic Memory?

The Narrative Clip: Always Watching

Do you have trouble remembering what you did all day? Do you want to remember what you did all day, everyday? The new Narrative Clip promises that and more. This newly developed piece of technology promises to take a snapshot every 30 seconds throughout your entire day. You attach it to any piece of closing and without much afterthought, the Narrative clip records your entire day. These photos are sent to cloud storage for your reviewing delight.

Originally started through KickStarter, this device promises to make memories for you. It allows you to remember special or interesting things that happened throughout your day that you may not have remembered otherwise. It promises to capture moments when you are just not able to quickly reach for your phone. The camera’s 8GB of memory holds about 4,000 pictures total, almost impossible to fill in a single day. The rechargeable battery lasts about 30 hours, and its 5-megapixel photos come out with about the same quality as an iPhone 4.

 The on-slaught of devices such as this and Google Glass begs the question to just how connected do we want to me. Is every moment of our life so interesting that we need to document it every thirty seconds? Sure there could be precious uses for this technology such as a parent raising their child, family events, and times with friends. But wouldn’t a camera suffice for that just as well. Moreover, what responsibility do you have to those around you? Should we tell our lunch date that we are capturing photos of them every thirty seconds of them?

 To reach your photos at the end of the day, you connect your Narrative to your computer’s USB port, the thousands of pictures are uploaded to Narrative’s servers and, if you want, backed up to your local hard drive. In order to get your photos off the camera, you have to be using the company’s software and you have to be logged in to your Narrative account. The camera doesn’t mount as a regular USB drive, so if you lose it, strangers can’t access your photos. Once uploaded, a smartphone app compiles all your pictures into a flipbook-style format. Each photo is time-stamped and geotagged, and you can organize the photos in your own way or just leave them in a chronological stack. The software also has some algorithms built in that browse your photos and highlight what it thinks might be the best ones from your day.

 Ultimately, these devices are out there and they are legal. Their presence suggests dialogue onto what, where and when these are appropriate and when they might not be so. At the end of the day, it is up to the user to judge just how much documentation they want and most importantly when they should set it down.

SOURCE:”A new kind of photographic memory.” Narrative. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2014. .

2 thoughts on “Want a Photographic Memory?

  1. This is awesome! This could be especially interesting to people who are genetically predisposed to memory degenerating health issues… Something to keep them connected to the people and places they’ve lost.


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