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September 25th, 2010


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02:58 am - The birth of life-logging [Notes on the Acceleration]
Three years ago, Charles Stross wrote a piece about the future, where he discussed life-logging - people recording their lives, which has been around in SF for a while, but Stross talked about that era arriving very soon.

Well it has – here's a review of the Looxcie headset, a small wearable camera and Bluetooth headset, that you control with a smartphone, and which best of all records continuously, but doesn't store these recordings unless you tell it to. If you do, the recording includes the previous 30 seconds, so you don't have to worry about missing something. It's selling on Amazon for $199.00. It only holds 4 hours of images on its 4GB memory, but 64 GB memories are already on sale (if expensive). Give this thing a 20 hour battery life and 64-128 GB of memory, and you're ready to do some serious life-logging (assuming you have a hard drive capable of storing 10 TB of data per year).

As andrewducker mentions, it's a perfect gadget to take along on protests, for someone involved in Copwatch, or anyone else interested in recording police misconduct, it's also subtle enough that the cops aren't likely to notice it and hassle you, especially if you conceal everything but the lens in a cap or hat. I'm betting on a significant life-logging subculture within 5 years, as well as widespread adoption of this device for specialized uses like Copwatch and both professional and amateur journalism far sooner. Heck, I can also see honest cops wearing one to provide evidence in case anything potentially suspicious happened.
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From:martianmooncrab
Date:September 25th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
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or kids being bullied in school, those helocopter parents will just love this sort of tech.
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From:pompe
Date:September 25th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
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And if the students use them, surely I as a teacher can too, and then I can send home video feeds to the parents showing how their kids talk in class, forget books or use rude language to each other. It's like having surveillance cameras in the classroom but almost for free!
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From:alobar
Date:September 25th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
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> but 64 GB memories are already on sale (if expensive)

How expensive?

> it's a perfect gadget to take along on protests, for someone involved in Copwatch,
> or anyone else interested in recording police misconduct, it's also subtle enough
> that the cops aren't likely to notice it and hassle you, especially if you conceal
> everything but the lens in a cap or hat.

We sure agree on this one! This little gizmo is sure going on my wish list for when I earn money this Spring.
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From:andrewducker
Date:September 25th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
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32GB is about £50 ($70). 64GB is still stupidly expensive though (about $350).
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From:mindstalk
Date:September 25th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know 32GB was out, I've only seen 16GB SD cards or USB sticks.
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From:heron61
Date:September 26th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
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32s have been around for more than a year and the price is finally starting to drop, but the 64s are new.
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From:heron61
Date:September 25th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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We sure agree on this one! This little gizmo is sure going on my wish list for when I earn money this Spring.

Indeed - from you and many others, it's clear that the NOLA cops are worse than most, and tech like this is a good way to document that sort of nastiness, and you're in a prime position to notice some of that.
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From:alobar
Date:September 25th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I posted your post to the C3 list and Jay Arena has expressed interest but reminded me that many members, including him, are a bunch of Luddites who will need instruction on how to use it.

Cost is, of course, the main obstacle here. And the need for a smartphone make it even more expensive.
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From:pompe
Date:September 25th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Scary.

It's like everything our ancestors felt was dubious when implemented by the state our own generation implement by choice so the state can use it anyway but without paying for it. Paying in both a financial and moral sense.
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From:heron61
Date:September 25th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
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The difference is (and I think it's a really important difference) cameras like these point both ways. Police brutality, a politician making a brief racist remark (which already changed the 2006 VA Senatorial election), cops ignoring traffic laws for no reason other than that they can - all of this can end up on youtube 30 seconds after it happens, and then in a few hours it's on the local or national news. I see this as far more liberating than scary. What would be scary to me is restricting this sort of tech, since the both means that citizens have less ability to document problems, and because this would keep this tech in the hands of only the authorities.
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From:mindstalk
Date:September 25th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Have you read Total Recall by Gordon Bell?
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From:heron61
Date:September 26th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
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No, I didn't know he had a book, I've read both about him and (IIRC) an article by him. I'll definitely look for it, thanks.
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:September 30th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
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Totally off topic, what was the gluten-free flour combination you recommended for the pie? Half and half oat and rice?
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From:heron61
Date:September 30th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
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I use 50% oat flour and 50% brown rice flour. I also use pie crust recipes that use eggs, since some sort of binder is essential - Eggs or xanthan gum are the most popular.

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