Children have the tendency to stop what cute moment that they were in the middle of when the camera comes out, a pattern that continues companies develop options such as blink-to-shoot camera glasses to capture candid shots of the youth. But another startup is taking a different approach with a subtle clip-on camera — and artificial intelligence, which even select the best photos.
Benjamin Button is a hands-free wearable camcorder is designed for children and parents. The clip-on button camera is designed to be unobtrusive, while the software automatically selects the best photos is designed to streamline the process of sifting through hours of portable recording. The camera comes from a company with the same name, with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and the company launched Tuesday, May 23, on Kickstarter.
The camera makes use of a program that is similar to the smile-detection modes in some cameras. Itssoftware is designed to automatically pick out the best shoots of the images. The algorithm makes use of sound and motion recognition to identify the most active moments, while face detection technology makes it possible for users to tell the camera that family and that of a friend or stranger. Future software updates are expected to be the program also displays the ability to recognize emotions.
That software is linked to a clip-on camera that can be worn by the child, for POV-style shots, or the parent. The small camera with a weight of 2.3 grams, but is capable of recording up to three hours of stabilized images in 1080p resolution at 25 fps. The deviceintentionally leaves of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to prevent radiation ( even though studies conflict on the effects) and are also housed in a waterproof BPA-free plastic housing.
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The footage was later retrieved from the camera, the 16GB of internal storage with use of a USB-type C-connection and processed, while the camera against. Along with letting the AI do the work, parents can also choose to sort through the images yourself using the mobile app.
Opposite each other, the camera and the software are designed to capture memories in a way that is designed to avoid the need to sift by means of hours of POV footage. By the memories of the youngest members of the family, we are creating the world where we bring the families together in a fast-paced and demanding period of time, said founder Dominik Orfanus, a former journalist and a father of two.
The Benjamin Button Company began work on the idea in 2014 and several prototypes later, the company is preparing for the camera systems to start. The company launched a Kickstarter on May 23 to cover production costs. The earliest donors can pick up the camera for $179 as the campaign and the development to be successful, with an expected $70 discount off the retail price.