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Vacation with Autographer

I was lucky enough to take an Autographer device on vacation to the United States this year.

This piece of wearable technology is designed to be an ‘automatic photographer,’ documenting your life without interrupting it.Autographer digital camera

Autographer is a small wearable camera, that uses five sensors to determine optimal moments to take photographs. The sensors include a three axis accelerometer, compass, light sensor, heat sensor and GPS.

A few years ago I constructed a device using a keyring digital camera and an Atmel AtTiny chip (essentially a tiny, low power Arudino). The idea was to take a photograph at set intervals, in order to document a day’s activities. Power and storage requirements at the time meant it wasn’t feasible.

I found my Autographer camera lasted most of a day with a full charge. The 8GB storage lasted approximately three weeks.

It was a great talking point when meeting new people. And it is great to have memories documented. I have found it ‘reminds you to remember moments’ when looking through images. I believe back in the days of SenseCam, a target for the technology were patients with memory loss.

The software supplied can create short timelapse videos, and combine it with music. I made a quick video of a day at the beach, and won Autographer’s picture of the week, and received a t-shirt.

Here is the video (music warning):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iohH-VZxOsA

The lower circular part of the camera is a lens cap. When closed, it shows a bright yellow area. I found myself closing the lens cap during moments requiring privacy. This removed any doubt that perhaps the device was still operating:

I would highly recommend this camera for anyone who would like a record of their daily activities, perhaps on a special vacation. I have wanted to be able to record in this fashion for years, and this device functioned admirably.

You can find out more about this device at the Autographer web site

Where did your disk space go? Space Disk Analyser

If you’ve ever run out of disk space and faced the difficult decision of what files to delete or offload to DVDs or an external hard drive, this program may help you.

Space from AndyH Software

This software creates a visualisation of your hard drive so you can see how much space files and folders are using. Click on the screenshot to view an example.

For example, you may find that your temporary files are very large and deleting them would free up space. Or perhaps your photo gallery is so large that it is time to archive last year’s photographs to DVDs or an external hard drive.

Space showing block mode with treeIt works with hard drives, CD/DVD drives, mapped network drives and FTP accounts.

You can try it out in full by downloading it from here. After 30 days you can decide to purchase it. The installation is very minimal and not bloated.

Download Space disk space visualisation software for free Download for Windows

**Note that this program has now been discontinued**