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Monday
Mar112013

Memoto Mini Camera Automatically Captures Pics Every 30 Seconds

ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Thanks to smartphones, most of us have a camera with us most of the time.  But what we don’t have is a camera on us to capture all those moments when we aren’t holding the phone up to take a framed shot.

And that, if you ask the two-Swedish creators of the Memoto camera, is a problem worth solving.

“The idea is that you can now capture photos you wouldn’t have otherwise,” Oskar Kalmaru, one of the co-founders of Memoto, told ABC News at SXSW.  “With your iPhone you can capture stuff you know you want to shoot, but you have to interrupt that moment and know that the moment is going to be special.  With this you know you are going to capture that moment.”

The Memoto camera, which raised $550,189 on Kickstarter in 2012, is a small wearable 5-megapixel camera about the size of those Listerine Breath Strips packs.  The $279 camera clips on to a shirt or coat and automatically captures two photos every minute -- or one photo every 30 seconds.  It has a microUSB port for syncing it with your computer and 8GB of storage, which can hold two days worth of pics or 4,000 photos.  The company will offer a 32GB version, which can capture eight days of photos, but the little device still has to be charged every two days.

But who wants to comb through 4,000 photos every time they sync the camera with their computer?  That’s where the software comes in.  While the camera doesn’t have Bluetooth because of battery life concerns, when you plug it in and sync it with the app, it will organize the photos.

“You are never going to look at 4,000 photos.  You will see the key frames of each moment which has been picked as the best one.  The best being decided by color, focus and if there are faces in it,” Kalmaru explained.

Once you sync it to the computer, the organized photos will appear in the Memoto iPhone app as well.

So, why would you want to capture your life in this way?  Lifecasting, the idea of capturing your life on video or through photo, isn’t new, but that’s not the entire goal of this camera. 

Martin Källström, the other founder of the company, said it is a great solution for a special day, say a wedding or big event, where you know you are going to be meeting a lot of people.

“The mainstream use isn’t for just wearing it to the office; you probably don’t want to relive those moments,” Källström said.

Whether a product like the Memoto turns out to be a mainstream success remains to be seen, but with Google Glass on the way, which also has a built in camera for taking photos and recording video, wearable cameras are certainly gaining traction in the tech community and are bound to raise eyebrows and privacy concerns when they are out in public.

“The only way to shut the camera off is to put it away or somewhere dark,” Källström explained.  “If they see the camera people still feel uncomfortable, that’s why we require you put it away or take it off.  That’s one way we are thinking about people’s privacy.”

The Memoto will be shipping in the next couple of months to the early Kickstarter backers and to others who ordered the camera.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May242012

Facebook Camera: New Camera App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- The world might be focused on the issues surrounding Facebook’s stock price and Mark Zuckerberg’s relationship with investors, but the social media giant is trying to move ahead with business as usual. And today’s business? The announcement of a brand new Facebook app: Facebook Camera.

Two months after announcing its $1 billion dollar purchase of the photo-sharing app Instagram, Facebook is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is entirely focused on the camera. It makes it easier for you to interact with your Facebook photos and upload your photos from your phone.

You can view your photos and your friends’ photos when you open the app and you can easily share photos you have taken on your phone. You can also “crop, rotate, and add filters to any picture in your camera roll,” Facebook’s Dirk Stoop said in a Facebook blog post.

Instagram, which is a standalone app for the iPhone and Android phones, has very similar features. While Facebook did announce its purchase of Instagram, the deal hasn’t actually closed yet.

The free app will be available in the App Store later Thursday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep202011

Starbucks Sued for Spy Cam in Bathroom

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Norfolk, Va., man has sued Starbucks after his 5-year-old daughter found a "spy cam" in one of its bathrooms in Washington, D.C., making this at least the third such incident this year for the coffee chain.

William Yockey, 28, is asking for $1 million for negligence, failure to supervise employees, breach of privacy and failure to inspect facilities in a timely manner.

Yockey told ABC News that he and his family were sightseeing in Washington in April when the little girl had to use the bathroom. They chose a Starbucks in Penn Quarter, blocks from the National Mall.

One of the restrooms was closed, so Yockey and his daughter used the unisex one. Yockey described the bathroom as "filthy" with paper towels strewn about.

While washing her hands, Yockey said that his daughter turned to him and said, "Daddy, there's a camera."

She was staring at a small Colby digital video camera, and Yockey said it was recording. Yockey went to the manager, who appeared surprised, and called the police. As they waited, the manager offered Yockey coffee, which he refused.

Police found the device under a U-shaped drain pipe in the restroom and confirmed that it was on and recording. It's unknown who left the device and police are investigating.

Starbucks spokesman Alan Hilowitz said the company responded appropriately.

"We, as a company, take our obligation to provide a safe environment very seriously," he said. "When we were alerted, we called the police."

"It's embarrassing, humiliating even today," Yockey said. "Every father feels the same way about his little girl. [The recording] could have been all over the Internet. She could have been violated."

This isn't the first time that Starbucks has had problems with cameras in its restrooms. A man was arrested in May for placing a camera in a California Starbucks restroom and recording more than 40 women. In June a man was arrested for putting a camera in a Starbucks restroom in Florida. In 2009 in New York, a Starbucks employee was caught spying on people in bathrooms with a camera.

Starbucks' Hilowitz said such incidents are "extremely rare" in the context of the company's 17,000 stores.

But Yockey's lawyer, Hank Schlosberg, and his client were less upset about the camera than the maintenance of Starbucks' facilities.

"There is no excuse for this. Any place which allows itself to have bathrooms has to do inspections for health purposes," Schlosberg said. "To say that they're not responsible to clean their bathrooms is criminal."

Hilowitz said company policy dictates how often bathrooms are inspected.

Yockey, however, said that one Starbucks told him that "they clean it when they get around to it."

There is no trial date set, although a court has rejected Starbucks' motion to dismiss the case.

Yockey said that the incident did much to change the way he views public facilities. He can't walk into a restroom without meticulously checking the entire area.

"It's not safe to use the bathroom in public anymore apparently," Yockey said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan262011

Kodak Profit Drops 95% In Final Quarter of 2010

Image Courtesy -- Brandon Goodman/Getty Images for the PGA TOUR(ROCHESTER, N.Y) – Upstate New York-based Eastman-Kodak said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter revenue numbers were down 25 percent from where expectations were for many different reasons. The company’s revenue totaled $1.93 billion in the period from October to December, falling short of the $2.11 billion analysts had predicted.

While slacking sales of film and older model camera equipment have sliced into Kodak’s profits, the company also says lower prices from new companies on digital products, falling licensing fees, and an increase in commodity prices hurt their bottom line.

Kodak faces strong competition from both Sony and Canon in the digital camera market.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec302010

Kodachrome Taken Away: Last Photo Lab Processing Landmark Film to Stop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PARSONS, Kan.) -- They really are taking Kodachrome away, this time for good.

The film, given a famous shout out in Paul Simon's 1973 song and used by countless photographers to document the late 20th century, won't be accepted for processing after Thursday.

Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kan., is the last company in the world developing Kodachrome film, and Thursday is the final day it's taking film. The last roll probably will be processed sometime next week, the company said.

Photographers had until noon Thursday to get their film into the lab, according to the company, and people from all over the world rushed in their final rolls. One woman flew in from England to drop off film in-person, and Dwayne's received 500 packages from FedEx and 18 bags from the Post Office, almost all containing Kodachrome.

"I'm very surprised and maybe a little bit in shock," said Grant Steinle, vice president of operations for Dwayne's Photo and son of owner Dwayne Steinle. "It was really an icon of photography."

The photo lab even had special Kodak-yellow t-shirts printed up to mark the occasion, declaring, "The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired."

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