While the majority of wearable tech shown at CES 2014 seemed to be in the realm of fitness and health trackers, there were some others if you took the time to look carefully.
If you blinked, you would have missed it and passed by. Not only did I manage to find the Narrative Clip booth location, I had the opportunity to see the product up close and ask questions of one of the team, Martin Kallstrom.
I wasn’t initially familiar “Narrative Clip”, but the previous name, Memoto, did ring a bell. This was a Kickstarter project that funded in November 2012. Today, you can visit their website, getnarrative.com, and order one of your own.
The “head” behind Narrative Clip is that it’s a wearable, lifelogging camera. Pin this little device to your clothing, and it automatically snaps photos every 30 seconds as you go about your normal daily routine.
The Narrative Clip features a 5MP camera, GPS tagging, and a fixed-focus lens with automatic rotation detection. (Visit the site for more specs and features.)
In the two days that the Narrative Clip lasts before requiring recharging, you’ll have thousands of photos. Literally. The data is easily transferred off the device, and the included software makes searching through and finding the best photos easy for anyone.
Although the design and specifications are impressive, the “heart” of Narrative Clip is what truly caught my attention. As I listened to Martin Kallstrom talk about the “why” of the product, I understood that Narrative Clip is really about friends, family, and real experiences.
We tend to get so caught up in the preservation of memories that we forget to live in the moment. I’ll be the first to admit that I, too, have been guilty of isolating myself behind a piece of tech, waiting for that potential future photograph to later share as an inclusive past memory. I may have been there, but was I truly present?
Narrative Clip satisfies desires for capturing moments and telling stories, but it also provides more freedom to be with the ones you’re with. Hands on. Both of them. With this in mind, Narrative Clip seems less of a “product” and more of a solution toward having a richer lifestyle.
We put on watches, glasses, hats, and/or jewelry before we leave the house, each being some form of individual expression. This little device, disguised as a wearable digital camera, is not so different. Narrative Clip permits us a greater interaction with others without the burdens of modern tech eclipsing who we really want to be.