Alright, Apple doesn’t have a wearable camera coming to the marketplace anytime soon. But one is coming. Sometime in the future we will have an Apple branded wearable capable of capturing video of every moment of our waking lives.
Bank On It
Think about the trend line from the past to the present and then consider how the trend line will move forward into the future a few years. Here are some examples.
The original iMac had 4GB of hard disk drive storage. Today you can get 16GB of storage for free as a marketing promotion tchotchke at trade shows. Today’s Macs have options for 2TB of SSD storage (not as cheap as a tchotchke, though). See? Ever faster storage with ever increasing capacities.
Remember the iPhone’s original camera? It sucked. Today’s iPhone has disrupted the once prospering point and shoot camera industry and became the world’s most used camera. Yes, iPhone cameras are challenging entry-level DSLR’s in image quality and already capture video of higher quality than broadcast television. That disruption took less than a decade.
A few years ago Google introduced Glass; a pair of Borg-like glasses which were not much of a hit unless you liked to get hit in the face while wearing Glass. They were creepy. They had a camera. They also gave us a brief glimpse of the future when humankind will have a wearable video camera with sufficient quality and storage to record every moment of every waking day.
Mark my words. It. Will. Come.
Current technological problems which prevent the arrival of an always on, always recording wearable device are under assault as I write and as you read.
Think about the requirements for such a device. What is needed?
First, a camera that can be worn in a strategic location but unobtrusive. Glasses? Apple Glasses? Yes. Cameras are here already.
Second, storage. Today’s iPhone 7 Plus has a 256GB option and it’s likely the next iPhone may have 512GB of fast SSD storage. What about in a few years? Is it crazy to think iPhones will reach 2TB? No. How much video can you record in 1TB or 2TB? Police dashboard cameras capture an hour or two of video already. So do wearable police cameras.
Third, battery life. I’m less concerned about battery life in the iPhone, likely to be used as the storage mechanism for a wearable device, than I am about the glasses and built-in camera and augmented reality screen lenses. Early versions of this always on, always recording technology are not likely to use the device itself for storage, but stream wirelessly to the iPhone. Battery life will need a massive improvement and, it, too, will arrive.
Alright, so what if we can record most of a day’s activities via Apple Glasses and store the videos on iPhone. Doesn’t that add up to a massive amount of storage after a few days? Perhaps, but we see alternative storage taking up residence in our lives. iCloud is an example. Apple provides 2TB of storage for about $10. Will it be that way always? No. In a few years our requirements will be more and that means lower prices with higher storage capacity.
An all day, always on, always recording wearable is not only feasible, it’s inevitable. Says who? Me, for one, and many others. Dashcams will move to glasses and other wearable devices. Check out FrontRow which is moving in exactly that same direction; already available on Amazon.