Kapture is a wristband that is constantly recording audio on a 60-second loop, with an accompanying app allowing you to save, edit, and share the recorded file. Recording devices are obviously far from a new phenomenon, but Kapture offers a simple way of constantly capturing conversation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The device consists of an omnidirectional microphone covered by a plastic grille held on your wrist by way of a silicone strap. There are no buttons or touchscreens and integration between the hardware and the accompanying smartphone app is provided by a Bluetooth connection.
An accelerometer registers a tap on the Kapture device, which is all that's required to send the last 60 seconds of audio to your smartphone for safe-keeping. The app (available for iOS and Android) then allows you to name, tag, and edit the clip before giving you the option to share it with friends.
The internal battery is designed to last for 24 hours before needing to be recharged, which then takes around an hour. Assuming this is done while you're asleep it should mean there is no break in recording your every move.
There is a rather obvious privacy concern with Kapture to bear in mind before ordering. While it's perfectly fine to record things you yourself have said, recording what other people are saying could lead to problems. Especially if you don't warn them in advance.
The team behind Kapture is seeking to raise US$150,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. Pledge levels include $75 for a black and white Kapture device, with the price rising to $125 for other colors such as hot orange and seafoam. A 14k gold grill limited edition is available for $299. If all goes well with the campaign, the creators of Kapture hope to ship the first units in March 2014.
The video below shows the inventors discussing the product before demonstrating some of the ways in which it could be used.
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