Do you ever agonize over that moment when you saw something that made your heart beat faster than normal?
A stunning bird swooping through the forest canopy. A sunny, mid-Spring day in Central Park. These instances tend to inspire nostalgia, that melancholy feeling of remembering what you no longer have.
To preserve these rich memories, the Tokyo-based Neurowear developed the Neurocam, an augmented iPhone camera that records emotionally significant moments.
The camera is activated by the user’s brainwaves as emotions increase neuro activity. Software within the Neurocam judges emotional sensitivities on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the most stimulating moment.
With discriminating decision-making software, the camera only begins to record 5 second .gif files when the neuro value exceeds 60. Images are saved with a timestamp and location, so if someone ever asks you “do you remember…” you can interrupt with “yes, let’s watch.”
The technology within the Neurocam is based on Neurosky’s biosensitive EEG technology for consumer products. Combining formidable neuroscientific technology with smartphones, Neurowear has created a living memory bank.
Will there be any feelings like nostalgia in the future if technology like the Neurocam becomes more powerful? Already, we can record so much with basic computers and smartphones, so what will we forget?
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Photo Credit: Neurowear
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