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Automatically assisting human memory:

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English: Microsoft SenseCam

English: Microsoft SenseCam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

SenseCam browser (Microsoft). A wearable device that takes a picture every 22 seconds. Hodges et al (2006)

 

  • Tools for lifelogging
  • Hundreds of thousands of images grabbed and presented to aid memory … and memory rehabilitation.
  • Automatic content analysis techniques

 

(There is a reason why we forget. The quote from James on the need to spend as much time recalling the record if everything is remembered is like that of Lewis Carroll and a map the size of the real world – neither had the advantage of limitless digital storage capacity and the ability to zoom in and out or back and forth – to expand time, not simply record it.). 

 

  • A visual record of your day. Berry et al (2007)
  • 2000 to 5000 images a day

 

Best practice

 

  • Only activate the device for significant events

 

Methods of review

 

  • Clustered time view
  • Geographical map (required GPS)
  • Interactive story authoring
  • Motion sensors identify events – typically 20-30 in a day.

 

PROBLEMS

 

  • Cognitive overload
  • Keyframe image selection a human endeavour
  • An entusiastic lifelogger might expect to gather 100,000 images a month.

 

OF NOTE

 

  • Key frame selection only of note if it picked a poor image.

 

REFERENCE

 

Berry, E., Kapur, N., Williams, L., Hodges, S., Watson, P., Smyth, G., et al. (2007). The use of a wearable camera, SenseCam, as a pictorial diary to improve autobiographical memory in a patient with limbic encephalitis. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 17(4), 582601.

 

Hodges, S., Williams, L., Berry, E., Izadi, S., Srinivasan, J., Butler, A. et al. (2006). SenseCam: A retrospective memory aid. In UbiComp: 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 4602 LNCS (pp. 177193). New York, NY: Springer.

 

 

 

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