One problem with cameras — no matter how good they are — is that it often takes too long to take a photo or start shooting video with one. The result is that many people often miss unexpected, but highly memorable moments that they would have loved to capture and share with others.
TimeCap is a wearable camera that attaches to one’s shirt or other garment and continuously records video. The device then streams the video footage through the user’s smartphone and stores it in the cloud. It also takes 5-megapixel still images. TimeCap turns on and off by holding the power button for three seconds. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi support, as well as 32 GB of internal NAND flash memory, good for 24,000 photos or 4 hours of HD video.
The device works in conjunction with an Android and iOS app that lets users control recording, as well as various other features including social media sharing.
TimeCap ships in November at future pricing of $249. But Indiegogo backers can order it now for a pledge starting at $139 for one TimeCap in green or red, a clip mount, a USB cable and 20 GB of lifetime cloud storage. Its makers want to raise $20,000 by Oct. 1.
The concept of TimeCap may hold appeal to anybody who has missed recording a priceless moment like their child’s first steps. But it could also potentially creep out many people if it’s worn in public and they become aware that they’re being recorded. There have been other products with similar functionality, including meMini, but TimeCap’s design sets it apart from at least some of those other devices.