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Vicon Revue: Document your Life Every 30 Seconds


Vicon Revue [http://www.viconrevue.com] is the commercial reincarnation of Microsoft’s Sensecam concept: a wearable digital camera that is designed to take photographs passively, without user intervention, while it is being worn. Its purpose is to support life-loggers wanting to track and document their everyday movements as digital memories. In combination with other physical sensors or additional image-recognition algorithms, the potential opportunities are enormous.

Unlike a regular digital camera or a cameraphone, Vicon Revue does not have a viewfinder or a display that can be used to frame photos. Instead, it is fitted with a wide-angle lens that maximizes its field-of-view and ensures that nearly everything in the wearer’s view is captured by the camera. Next to the 640x480px camera sensor, the device also contains several sensors, such as a temperature sensor, a light color and intensity sensor, an infra-red motion detector, a multi-axis accelerometer, and a 3-axis magnetometer (compass). Images are downloaded at the end of the user’s day, which will hopefully form the basis of some interesting visualizations.

Being promised since 2007, the Vicon Revue is finally shipping to the normal public and sells for £500 / $720 / 576€. Watch a movie consisting of 24 hours worth of images, below. Read some experience reports at

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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