Time lapse photography is one of those things I never really think about until it pops up in a documentary movie or feature film. (The new sci-fi movie "The Martian" has some effective sequences, for instance).
But whenever I do see it, I think: That's actually pretty amazing, that we can visually capture and tweak the duration of time passing. It's a kind of existential perspective we could never achieve without technology. Or certain kinds of alkaloids, I suppose.
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Anyway, a new smart camera from Logitech gives users the chance to time travel in the comfort of their own homes. Dubbed the Logi Circle, it's a $199 home monitoring camera that streams HD video to your remote mobile device.
The Logi Circle is Logitech's first entry into the busy home monitoring market, and it offers many of the same features you can get in competing products. The camera has Wi-fi connectivity, two-way talk-and-listen capability and some nice design flourishes. The compact and portable design includes a charging ring and the camera can be moved from room to room, with about three hours of video streaming on a single charge.
But it's the new camera's intriguing Day Briefs feature that looks like the most fun. Leave the camera running at the end of the day it will automatically stitch together a 30-second video with time-lapse highlights of the day's activity.
You could see what your kids have been up to, for instance. Or even better, check in on what exactly the dog has been doing while you're at work. Having recently adopted a sweet but alarmingly destructive two-year-old rescue mutt, I'm particularly interested in this facet of the device.
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The Circle's specially designed sensor system makes this possible by detecting and flagging "important activities" for the highlight reel. It's unclear exactly how the camera makes these determinations, but it appears to be smart-tech riff on basic motion detection systems.
You can see the Circle at work on the Logitech product page, which features a short demonstration of the Day Briefs feature.
via Tech Times