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Weekly update: production of updated cameras and what was accomplished during the crunch

It’s a beautiful day here in Stockholm and we hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! The crunch period is coming to an end and things are looking great! Before we get down to business, make sure to check out the sample photos on our @memototeam instagram account, like this one:

Instagram Martin

Hardware

Last week, we evaluated the connector system with the updated camera modules and think they are a good fit. We also believe we’ve found the last of the noise interfering with the GPS (see previous update). This week, we are producing a small batch of complete cameras with the current PCB in Taiwan.

Software and backend

Apps

  • Photo sharing - Users can select and share photos to Facebook and to Twitter. DONE – sharing to Instagram was also included.
  • Save to camera roll – Users can select photos from a moment and download/save them to the camera roll in full resolution. DONE
  • Delete moment – Users should be able to permanently delete a moment. There should be an “Are you sure?” prompt. DONE
  • Delete photos – Users should be able to select and permanently delete photos from a moment (see delete moment). DONE
  • Notifications when momentification is complete – Users should get a push notification when all new photos have been made into moments. DONE
  • Calibrate play speed of a moment - Make sure the play speed is just right for a user to playback a normal moment. DONE

In addition to these, capability to favorite photos within a moment has also been implemented.

Backend

  • Star photos support in the API - The API needs to support starred photos. DONE
  • Support for splitting moments in the API - The backend should support moment splitting so this can be implemented in the app. DONE
  • Support for downloading an image in full resolution - The apps should be able to download an image in full resolution. DONE
  • Backend should be verbose - Uploaders and apps need to know what the backend is doing to be able to display information back to the user. For example: the uploader should know if the backend is momentifying photos. In progress

We have also added support for more than one user, so you can sync multiple cameras on the same computer and support for automatic firmware updates.

Have a great weekend!

/Memoto team

Weekly update: Improved yield results and software crunch time

Happy Friday all!

So, the quick version for those wanting to skip the details are: the yield issues we mentioned last week have improved (yay!) and we are basically working on two remaining hardware issues, the GPS performance and connector. The software and backend are up and running, as we’ve mentioned in the other updates, what’s left there is polishing everything so you’re WOWed from the first use :) Read on to find out more!

Hardware

Our production test, used to test the 100 new PCBs, which seemed to signal yield problems (reported in last week’s update), turned out to be little overzealous and marked perfectly healthy units as suspect. We’ve trimmed the test and the new yield results were much improved, and as a side effect we were able to test the test.

Now that we have a working production flow of PCBs and mechanics, and a full supply of components, only two issues with the hardware remain - the GPS performance and the connector problems to our camera module that we’ve also previously mentioned.

We have performed a massive number of measurements and tunings of the insanely sensitive GPS front-end and the current state is that it does give us position fixes, but not under as many environmental circumstances as we would have hoped. We are not stopping here, we still have a couple of tricks to play, so in parallel we will do more real-world testing and see how it works. It is safe to say that we have learned an incredible amount about radio frequency engineering during this project, something which could be the source for a more detailed blog-post later.

The connector to the camera module has been a board-to-board connector system so far but we’ve redone it to a flex-cable into a lockable connector instead and we are just waiting for the updated camera modules to try it out. Provided that there are no yield issues with this system, the problem can be considered solved but still needs to be tested.

Memoto’s Lund office earlier this week

Software and backend

On the other side, our software developers will be polishing the app and backend during the next two weeks, here are some items from their crunch time to-do list:

Apps

  • Photo sharing - Users can select and share photos to Facebook and to Twitter.
  • Save to camera roll – Users can select photos from a moment and download/save them to the camera roll in full resolution.
  • Delete moment – Users should be able to permanently delete a moment. There should be an “Are you sure?” prompt.
  • Delete photos – Users should be able to select and permanently delete photos from a moment (see delete moment).
  • Notifications when momentification is complete – Users should get a push notification when all new photos have been made into moments.
  • Calibrate play speed of a moment - Make sure the play speed is just right for a user to playback a normal moment.

Backend

  • Star photos support in the API - The API needs to support starred photos.
  • Support for splitting moments in the API - The backend should support moment splitting so this can be implemented in the app.
  • Support for downloading an image in full resolution - The apps should be able to download an image in full resolution.
  • Backend should be verbose - Uploaders and apps need to know what the backend is doing to be able to display information back to the user. For example: the uploader should know if the backend is momentifying photos.

Enjoy your weekend!

/Memoto team

Weekly update: New PCBs and multiple photo selection

If you haven’t checked the updates in a while you can see how the Memoto camera and app are coming together in this short video, get the camera dimensions for DIY Memoto accessories and read about the camera design process.

Production

We’re optimizing production yield factors with regards to assembly, plastic material mixing, and rubber part hardnesses. We’ve also received the latest PCBs we last talked about here and are in the process of analyzing their performance.

Software

A big focus has been on photo selection within the Memoto app. Sometimes you want to find those special photos that turned out beautiful or are special and share, save or favorite them. This week we have put some work in to exactly that.

Multiple photo selection

photoselectmode

You will now be able to easily select one or more photos within a moment with one simple tap. This is how it works:

Find a moment that you find interesting. Tap and hold a photo to enter photo select mode, this photo will also be selected automatically and marked with a orange border.

Swipe around within the moment and find other photos you like and add more to the selection by tapping on them. You can easily deselect photos by tapping again. When you are happy with your selection, simply expand the options menu by tapping the arrow and browse through the options at hand.

Much Love!

/Memoto Team

This week in lifelogging: compressed time-lapse, mapping for Google and tracking with a second skin

Lifelogging photography project

Think this image was staged? Think again. One of the most obvious consequences of staging this picture is the formation of a snowy mess of angry people at the end of the slope. Well then, how did this photographer ensure that every one leaves the slope happier than before after a real good run? The answer – compressing plenty (and we mean PLENTY) of time-lapse photographs. What photographer Pelle Cass has essentially created, as we at Memoto would like to call it, is an excellent lifelogging project. He has managed to capture the emotions of so many people doing the same thing at different times into a single final frame. View his other works here. Now we are really excited to see what kinds of photography projects would come out of using the Memoto Lifelogging Camera!

Read more: These Hundred-Photo Composites Take Street Photography to the Next Level

Google’s mapping task for backpackers

If your interests lie in backpacking around the world, rather than thinking of creative photography projects, then Google has just the right task for you! As you travel to exotic places, logging them with Trekker, Google’s wearable backpack camera system, could allow you to share your exciting journey with the whole world. This wearable camera has 15 lenses angled at different directions so that the images can be stitched to form a 360-degree panoramic view. These images will then help Google to improve its Street View function, as they extend into areas that cannot be reached by vehicles. Sound awesome already? Sign up today!

Read more: Google Is Looking For Brave (And Strong) Backpackers To Help It Map The World’s Hard-To-Reach Places

Tracking with a second skin

Remember the banning of the full-body swimsuits in 2010 that allegedly resulted in the breaking of an astounding number of world records? Although the above looks similar to those swimsuits that Michael Phelps and others wore in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this Hexoskin suit serves quite a different function. With its all-textile sensors, Hexoskin can be used by athletes or quantified self fans to log their vital signs such as heart rate or breath volume, and have this information simultaneously delivered to one’s iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. We think that integrating the Hexoskin with existing lifelogging apps would be good. What do you think?

Read more: Hexoskin–A Second Skin for the Quantified Athlete And Maybe Even You!

Most desired wearable tech places

If you simply cannot get used to wearing a full body suit, then perhaps you would find yourself as part of the majority, who prefer to wear tech devices on their wrists, clipped to clothings or attached to shoes. Although speculations have it that one’s wrists will be dominated by the Apple iWatch in future, we thought that this smart watch could be potentially useful for all worrying parents. Filip, a smart locator and phone for kids, provides the basic functions required for parents to stay connected with their children at all times even while they discover new places. Excellent idea!

Read more: Details on Apple’s iWatch and New iPhone Emerge and Meet Filip, a simple smartwatch for young kids to call home

Happy Independence Day America!

Here’s sharing an awesome fireworks video to celebrate. Have a good weekend!

More videos: 10 Gorgeous Fireworks Displays That Have Nothing To Do With July 4th

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Weekly Update: working to meet regulations and faster moments

The update is early this week! We’re so glad you enjoyed seeing what was happening at the factory in last week’s update and if don’t forget you can find all the previous updates here on the blog. Here’s what has been going on this week:

Production

We are continuing work on hardware so it complies with various regulations. There are two issues with the PCBs that need to be fixed in this regard. We are also working to correct the radiation leaking through the USB port that we mentioned in the update here.

Near-field probing the PCB to search for localized potential emission hot-spots

Near-field probing the PCB to search for localized potential emission hot-spots

The GPS antenna and receiver works amazingly well in isolation, but there is unfortunately interference from other circuits of the small PCB that reduces the reception quality a lot which needs to be addressed in our next production batch. Basically, very high harmonics from the switching power supplies creep all the way up into the GPS band.

Software and Backend

We’ve made great progress with the momentification and are happy to say our algorithm now is able to create moments on the fly (huge speed increase)! The communication between the Windows uploader and the camera is still a focus. We are also working to optimize the search function within the app.

We merged our new online version of the momentification algorithm to the master branch and deployed it to our bleeding edge environment. It seems to work great overall but we need to sweat it more and iron out some kinks.

Our new upload mechanism has also been merged to our master branch and deployed to our bleeding edge environment. This will need more testing and requires changes in the uploader apps. These efforts together should make our upload and photo processing infrastructure more resilient.

We are also working on improving the experience of browsing shared moments in web browsers.

Until next time!
/Memoto team

This week in lifelogging: mobility with wearable tech, QS with Foursquare and memories during sleep

Free yourself with wearable tech

 

If you ask us to define the purpose of wearable tech, our first instinct is to say that it exists to free us from the struggle finding ways to improve certain aspects of our lives without impeding them, and the desire to document what happens around us and even within us. Yet this week, we discovered that wearable tech means more than that. Wearable tech means building a sort of balanced ecosystem with the gadgets that serve to enrich our lives. In the eyes of the mobile phone company Vodafone and University of Southampton, this means making use of the energy that our bodies produce to generate electricity to charge our mobile phones or gadgets. Currently, the kinetic and thermoelectric technology can be harnessed through two products: The Power Shorts and The Recharge Sleeping Bag. And if you worry about wear and tear in these products, you could even use Bare Paint, developed by graduates from the London’s Royal College of Art, to draw up electric circuits. All you have to do is move it to charge it!

Read more: The shorts and sleeping bag that mean you’ll never run out of mobile battery again – because they’re powered by your body heat and Cool Tech: Liquid Wiring On Paper, Walls And More, Thanks to Conductive Paint

On the move with wearable tech

And if mobility is one of the key reasons why you don wearable tech devices, this upcoming product might excite you just as much. A Russian startup, LiveMap, is working on an Iron Man helmet – a motorcycle helmet that has a built-in navigation system that accepts voice commands.  Check out their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign here!

Read more: Wearable Technology: LiveMap Working On Iron Man Motorcycle Helmet

Quantifying on the go with Foursquare

foursquare time machine demo

Now if you’ve been getting around a lot on your motorcycle or just donning the Power Shorts and running around to generate more electrical energy for charging your devices, remember to check-in on your Foursquare account because Foursquare just got better. For the love of the quantified self, Foursquare has introduced the Foursquare Time Machine to let you view all your past check-ins on a beautiful visualization that you see in the picture above. You could even share this with your loved ones to let them know of your favorite cafes or hangout zones. This move by Foursquare surely helps us to help others understand us better. Maybe the quantified self movement is becoming the quantified us movement? Stay tuned!

Read more: Foursquare Time Machine Teleports You Down Memory Lane

Sleep and memory

With all that moving around, we now touch upon an extremely important topic in lifelogging – sleep. Yes, you heard us right. Sleep is as important in lifelogging as being active and archiving the things you do. Sleep has been shown to be key in consolidating our memories. While we can rely on all kinds of devices to help us remember every moment, the primary lifelogging device is still our brain’s ability to retain precious memories. We all know how important sleep is in restoring our bodies and some even use sleeping pills in order to get that good rest that we deserve. However, the latest studies have shown that the commonly prescribed sleeping aid (known as Ambien), though effective in helping us sleep, heightens the recollection of and response to negative memories. Better to think twice before we pop that next pill, maybe?

Read more: Ambien Can Improve Your Recall, But Only For Unhappy Memories and Sleep Mechanism Identified That Plays Role in Emotional Memory

Time-lapse video: Existence

Putting all that research about negative memories aside, we love how time-lapse videos simply remind us of how beautiful life is. We came across this one (above) earlier this week and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Have a great weekend and we wish all fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

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Weekly update: Special report from Yomura

Factory direct! We’ve got Linus and Johan back from Taiwan. As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, they have been visiting our factory, Yomura, to oversee the production of the Memoto camera. Things are moving ahead and looking good. Here are some highlights of their trip and progress that’s being made.

Linus arrival

Chuck, Ming, Linus and a few innocent bystanders. Arrival day in Taiwan, somewhat tired, but still excited after at least 16 hours of traveling. There’s nothing like walking out of cool air-conditioned airport into a tropical climate.

street view

A busy intersection in Taipei with Taipei 101 in the distance. Interesting how Johan managed to capture only one Scooter, there were hordes of them everywhere.

make shift workspace

The conference room, setup for our visit, with an incoming continuous flow of water, coffee and enthusiasm from the Yomura team. Almost daily, new samples arrived for various parts of the products and piled up on the tables, shortening the cycle time for feedback immensely compared to when shipping everything to/from Sweden.

testing usb

The production test software testing a Memoto PCB through USB. Different versions of the test is placed at different points along the production path.

Johan and the team Johan with teams from Yomura and Fudy

Johan and the teams from Yomura and Fudy.

Factory

This is an imposing complicated machine with lots of levers and wheels, used to produce parts of the Memoto packaging.

light box

The box used for testing the camera’s color and focus properties. It is screened to reduce the influence of outside light sources in the test, to make it as repeatable as possible.

Load testing

Load testing the clip and plastic strength. We wouldn’t recommend doing this test at home.. Please note that the Memoto logo visible on this unit is not the final version, which will be a bit more subtle.

Linus and team LINE 1

This is one of the production lines used for assembling the surface-mounted components onto the printed circuit boards and the associated reflow soldering.

yak

Weekend break in the mountains at Yangmingshan National Park. The Qingtiangang lava terrace was previously used as a pasture for grazing cattle.

orange_memotos2

These are the first trial injection shots of the Memoto-orange plastic covers. Please note that the lighting in the room where we took this photo was not optimal to faithfully reproduce the color.

Linus Orange Cam

Linus wearing the first assembled prototype using the Memoto Orange casing. As Johan was shooting, someone was arriving with a tray of new samples of some sort.

Have a nice weekend!

/Memoto team

This week in lifelogging: top Internet trends 2013, Disney Magicband and fashion geeks

Mary Meeker’s top Internet trends 2013

Have we nailed it with the Memoto Lifelogging Experience? We certainly hope so! Mary Meeker, a general parter at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has shared some insightful information on the Internet’s top trends in 2013. Out of this detailed analysis, we at Memoto are happy to know that quantified self data derived from wearable sensors are growing by times two month after month. In addition, photo taking and sharing is still an increasing phenomenon, which is accelerated by the fact that smartphones are still in the early stages and have a potential growth of three to four times their current stage.

Read more: KPCB Internet Trends 2013 full report and Key takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report

Wearable tech in Disney

Every one agrees with Mary Meeker on the wave of wearable tech. Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Disney. Yes, even the Disney theme parks. In order to enhance visitors’ experience, a new wristband was introduced to allow visitors to make purchases and reserve experiences at various check points. These wristbands are also aimed at preventing ticket fraud or lost tickets so you can enjoy your rides, worry-free. And if some of the rides are simply too exciting, why not put on a second wristband to monitor your nervous system? Check out the W/Me Kickstarter project here!

Read more: Disney gets into wearable tech with the MagicBand and Samsung, Microsoft Will Take on Google Glass and The Mood Ring Gets Its Quantified-Self Update With The W/Me Wristband

New workout app for Pebble

If the Disney theme park rides simply don’t get your heart pumping fast enough, a new app developed by Alex Kennberg could probably do the job. The Pebble wrist watch, initially intended to be a smartphone companion, is now seeing new features and applications. The new app by Kennberg, for instance, guides users through 12 exercises in a 7-minute workout. And while you are working out, many developers out there are probably already thinking of new ways to integrate the Pebble smart watch into your everyday life with its expanded SDK and API options.

Read more: New Workout App For Pebble Shows Why Your Wrist Might Be The New Hot Spot For Mobile Devs

Geeks in the fashion industry


We have great news for fashionistas who happen to be just a little… geeky. The convergence of fashion and wearable technology has brought the versatility of fashion apparel to a whole new level. No longer will we be confined by the limitations of the wardrobe or the ever familiar, “I need more clothes to match my new purple sweater.” This new technology gadget, known as the Adafruit Flora sensor, has a built-in color sensor that automatically emits your preferred color. Simply shine the sensor on another object and you’ve got a scarf of a totally new color that reflects that item. And if the fashion geek in you simply cannot tolerate the fact that your smartphone runs out of battery all the time, this trendy purse might just be the solution. Don’t you just love it when style meets technology?

Read more: This Colour-Changing LED Chameleon Scarf Perfectly Matches Any Outfit

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This week in lifelogging: photography and memory, Glass updates and QS with lifelogging

Photography and memory

Long before the term “lifelogging” was coined, people have tried to preserve their most valuable moments through taking photographs. Be it weddings or graduations, the camera has woven through the crowd to find its calling in life – to capture life’s greatest milestones. Yet, as people gained easy access to cameras through cheaper and more convenient devices such as the smartphone, the camera has found another primary purpose – to capture everyday moments or to lifelog. This week, we found a very interesting photography concept by Clayton Cubitt, who discussed how the decisive moment is dead and embracing the constant moment is the way to go. He argues that the decisive moment has laid a trap for photographers, causing them to believe that there has to be one photographer, one lens, one camera, one angle and one moment. When that particular moment was gone, it was gone. Forever. However, with the advance of automatic recording devices such as Google Glass (and the Memoto Lifelogging Camera, of course), constant moments will, as Clayton Cubitt puts it, bring us “as close to a time machine as we’re likely to get”.

Read more: The Decisive Moment is Dead. Long Live the Constant Moment and The power of photography: time, mortality and memory

Glass updates and Olympus

With quick developments for Google Glass, such as the latest Facebook for Google Glass and the launch of a facial recognition API by Lambda Labs, perhaps the concept of constant moments that Clayton Cubitt wrote about is not too far away. And wait, did we hear something from Olympus as well? A new patent reveals that Olympus has hopped on this bandwagon of wearable technology and is releasing a modular camera that is capable of splitting itself into an eye-worn screen and imaging unit. Avid visual lifeloggers are going to love this one!

Read more: How an ex-Googler built Facebook for Glass and Lambda Labs is launching a facial recognition API for Google Glass and Olympus wearable modular camera tipped

Tech boosters: up and coming

We know just how much it means for lifeloggers to own devices that have a long battery life and are portable and easy to use. And we also know that many lifeloggers are already using various lifelogging apps and other digital devices to archive, quantify and analyze various aspects of their lives to improve it. And that was why we couldn’t wait to share this piece of news with our Twitter followers. Apparently, an 18-year-old teen from California had invented a tiny technology that charges one’s smartphone in 30 seconds or less. In addition, researchers at Northwestern University have devised a new method of creating large volumes of graphene, which can then be used for making foldable computers. Thumbs up for a foldable Memoto Lifelogging Camera whose battery lasts forever?

Read more: Teen invents tech that fully charges phone batteries in less than 30 seconds and High-quality inkjet-printed graphene circuits: One step closer to foldable computers

Quantified Self and lifelogging

Many people lifelog and quantify themselves to carry out various analyses and improve their health. Besides an Israeli firm who has developed a watch known as the Oxitone that prevents  heart attacks, a Californian firm, Scanadu, is also aiming to make health tracking as easy as possible. One simply has to put the Scanadu Scout over his forehead, and vital information such as heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure and ECG will be displayed on his smartphone in just 10 seconds. Support them at their IndieGogo campaign today!

Read more: Introducing the Scanadu Scout and A watch that stops unnecessary heart attacks

If you enjoyed this post, please follow us on twitter and facebook! PS – Have you pre-ordered your Memoto Lifelogging Camera yet?

Weekly progress update: successful run with the tooling for the other side of the camera casing and work on the API

The weekly roundup is here! Last week we told you that the new PCBs arrived and the tooling for part of the camera’s casing had been successful (you’ll find that update and the others here).

This week:

Hardware

  • The tooling responsible for the front part of the Memoto plastic shell has now successfully gone through its first injection molding, just like we accomplished last week for the back part. It is the most complicated part we have in the mechanics assembly, so this is excellent news. The next step for the tooling is to process it to create the final texture and feeling of the surfaces and to fine-tune some dimensions to make everything fits together optimally.

Software

  • The design for the main interface on Windows is done. We are now working with the tray interface and linking it up to our backend.
  • We are making the momentification more stable and able to work in real-time (moments are being built while the photos are being uploaded now instead of waiting for all photos to be uploaded).
  • The installer for the OSX uploader is done.
  • We are working on a guide to help new users through the setup process.
  • We are working on the web view that will show shared moments.
  • We are continuing to develop the tests used by the factory for quality testing at various places in the production pipeline.

Backend

  • We are continuing work on uploading directly to our server to prepare for production loads.
  • We are continuing work on improving how we build moments.
  • And we are working on the API.  For example, tagging photos and moments (this can be used for starring, sharing, hiding and so on). We have also started working on how to connect users and devices through the API.

Have a good one!

/Memoto team