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A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory.
A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory. Born Memoto, now Narrative Clip.
A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory. Born Memoto, now Narrative Clip.
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Weekly Update: updated camera modules, progress with the GPS and the outcome of crunch week #1

Dear backers,

There is good news about the two remaining hardware issues we discussed in the last update (!!) and the crunch period is going well, we've lots of caffeine and snacks around the office to keep everyone going. Read on to see what has been accomplished so far.

Hardware 

The two issues we talked about last week are starting to resolve. We received the new updated camera modules earlier this week, and it seems like they fit well with our new connector system, so this change will be on the next PCB batch. This will make it virtually impossible to dislodge the connector after production. We have also made progress hunting down what we believe to be the last remnants of noise interfering with the GPS! These improvements will be included on the next PCB layout as well. It's kind of difficult to predict the outcome and efficiency of such things, but as soon as you actually see a reduction of the signals you're working on, as we do now, you can at least be sure everything is moving in the right direction. To paraphrase a team member -- we can almost smell the cameras! :)

The current version of the Memoto camera 

Software and backend 

Things are progressing on the software end! Keep reading below to see what has come out of the crunch period up to now.

Stockholm office this week 

App 

  • sharing photos to facebook, twitter, instagram and email 
  • saving high resolution photo to camera roll 
  • improved navigation in moment view 

Uploader

We've made a lot of improvements and bug fixes including: 

  • making it easier to understand what's happening 
  • the ability to pause an upload 
  • enabling notifications when momentification is complete, meaning users should get a push notification when all new photos have been made into moments 
  • stability fixes 
  • calibrating the play speed of a moment, meaning that play speed is just right for a user to playback a normal moment 

Backend 

  • support for user tags 
  • the ability to distribute new firmware versions on our backend, a requirement for automatic camera upgrades 
  • making some API calls faster, so fetching timelines and photos should be quicker 

We'll see you all next week. 

Have a good one! 

/Memoto team

Comments

    1. Lyndsay Williams on August 31, 2013

      Thanks for the update. What is the performance of the GPS and antenna you have so far, i.e. what is location accuracy in metres when camera worn on body? What is the depth of field of the fixed focus lens?

    2. Jean-Philippe Encausse on August 30, 2013

      Thanks's for updates !

      Hopes you'll solve issues before Google Glasses on the market. Otherwise life blogging battle will be lost before launch.

      "The Devil is in the details" but "everything is about timming"

    3. Chris Hansen on August 30, 2013

      Thanks for keeping us up to date. Looking forward to final product.

    4. Henry Stanley on August 30, 2013

      (Looks amazing by the way, guys.)

    5. Jody Foo on August 30, 2013

      Great update as always!

    6. Matt Dyson on August 30, 2013

      Any rough guess at an ETA?

      I know issues have to be resolved and I'm patient but at the moment we're 6 months past estimated delivery.

      Just wondering.

    7. Lester Greenberg on August 30, 2013

      I'm very anxious yet patient. I look so forward to this device. Is there a way to see any of the streams (FB, Twitter, Instagram) that some of the beta testers are using so we can view resolution, etc?

    8. Stefan Winkler
      Superbacker
      on August 30, 2013

      Hej Guys,

      I'm really happy to see you being so pedantic and perfectionist about the hardware. I have the feeling that you do not haste to get the hardware out but you take your time and test the thing to make it really good. I hope my feeling is right, because I'd rather wait a few months more than having an imperfect piece of hardware that I won't use eventually.
      So I wish you all the best and hope you continue your good work!

      Best,
      Stefan

    9. George Cressy, III on August 30, 2013

      So, so promising!!! Anxious!