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Kiba interactive camera captures fleeting memories, spontaneous selfies

editors-choiceMany people like to capture special moments, but often miss them because some of life’s greatest moments -– like a child’s first steps –- happen unexpectedly. Nowadays, we have a pretty good camera on us at nearly all times. However, even if we happen to be around for moments worth capturing, they can be over before we can fumble with our smartphones.

patent-claimedKiba is a voice-controlled, self-editing, interactive camera that captures joyful memories and unattended selfies. It captures 1080p HD video and 13-megapixel still images. Users can schedule the capture of recurring daily events like playtime activity or one-time events including a birthday party. They can then download the full recording or only 20-second “Smart Memories” that are automatically curated for them by the device. Kiba automatically cuts 90 percent of unwanted footage using patented Joy Ranking technology. The camera sifts through hundreds of interactions and picks the most interesting moments.

Users can interact and control Kiba hands free, using five simple voice commands for all the main functions: “Kiba Selfie” for high-resolution photos; “Kiba Record” for 30-second videos, “Kiba Remember” to capture the last 30 seconds, “Kiba Off” to put the device to sleep, and “Kiba On” to wake it up. Kiba uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy to automatically sync with the user’s connected devices.

It works in conjunction with an Android, iOS and Internet app. Kiba ships in October at future pricing of $329. But early birds can preorder it for $229 at https://getkiba.com/. One year of cloud storage is free, but will later cost $59 a year or $5 a month.

The device is likely especially appealing for consumers with small children. Those who want to store a lot of video will likely need to pay for cloud storage after the first year because local storage memory is limited to 64 GB and once this memory is full, old data will be purged out to make way for new data. If recordings are locally stored on the device, users can also only access the data when they are at home and not when they are away from Kiba. Another potential drawback for some consumers is that it only recognizes English for now, but unspecified other languages are planned for the future.

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