As if recording all your random thoughts on twitter and Facebook are not enough, now you can record photos of nearly every moment of your life. Call if life-blogging or the pinnacle of navel-gazing narcissism. I call it a memory saver for all your senior moments.
Where did I put my keys? Back up the camera to the moment you put them down. Did I take my pills this morning? Backtrack instantly. What was the name of that book I was going to get? Find the cover shot.
You don’t have to remember anything anymore. Memoto remembers… and never forgets. Instead of wearing an albatross around our necks, we’ll all be wearing elephants! Imagine if we all walked around photographing two shots of every minute of our lives? Are our lives that memorable? Are they worth revisiting?
And it’s not just recording a vast soup of your life. It organizes everything so you can find it again. Like your keys for those of us suffering senior moments. Or instant anxiety relief for the OCD among us who can now check incessantly whether we locked the door on the way out or turned off the stove. It’s the perfect gift.
Not only that– but unlike most digital toys today…we don’t have to learn anything to use Memoto. There’s no buttons! Just turn it on and it never turns off. Of course, depending on your height and where you place the camera, you may mostly have pix of other people’s belts or boobs!
Here’s how Memoto describes their product: “The camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were. This means that you can revisit any moment of your past.”
The real question is: Do I really want to revisit any moment of my life? One of the glories of aging is that time softens the edges of memory. Our good memories are deeper, our bad memories are faded. Do I really want to be reminded in living color of what I look like first thing in the morning or last thing at night as I floss in the mirror? Do I want my descendants to pore through my life for a possible moment of brilliance that likely isn’t there? Nope.
I’m sure it’s not coincidence that the product name nearly mimics is the unnerving cult thriller Memento, where the protonist– who lost his short-term memory– must try to find his wife’s killer by writing copious sticky notes and even tatooing info on his body to stay on track with his investigation. I suppose Memoto is a better solution than Leonard Shelby’s draconian memory techniques. But for the rest of us, forgetting seems a lot more pleasant than hi-fidelity memory.
- First photos from Memoto lifelogging camera revealed (slashgear.com)
- Memoto, The Lifelogging Camera (drapersden.com)
- Memento Lifelogger Means You’ll Never Miss an Important Moment (laptopmag.com)
- Meet Memoto, the Lifelogging Camera (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- How One Person Captured 10,000 Photos at SXSW (allthingsd.com)
- Memoto: Smallest Wearable Camera Perfect for Lifelogging (hongkiat.com)
- Memoto lapel camera turns your life into one big photoblog (engadget.com)