NEC Dew Camera Prototype

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 12, 2007
Updated • Jun 6, 2013

The world's largest computer expo Cebit which was held from March 15 to March 21 this year was held in Hannover, Germany. If you walked through the halls you may have spotted not so ordinary gadgets among the usual hardware that you find here every year.

One of the prototype gadgets caught my eye immediately. Nec called it the Dew Camera which is basically a wearable camera that constantly records moments in your daily experience.

The dew camera uses voice and gesture recognition to take pictures and videos from memorable (happy) moments. I could not figure out if the dew camera is using its own storage capabilities or relies on external devices that are connected by wireless lan to it.

It makes sense if the camera ships with its own storage considering that you would not really be able to use them outside if it would rely on wireless connections to transfer photos right away.

The sample photos seem to suggest this as well as they are taken in various outside locations.

Nec did highlight a dew viewer for the camera as well which "is a terminal device to replay your past experiences recorded by the camera. It can freely go back in time or show the marked memorable scenes.The viewer (display) can also show images of yourself, recorded by other people who wore the camera."

I would think that it could be nice to wear the dew camera on holidays, parties and the like. What do you think ?

There is obviously another side to the story. Not everyone you meet throughout the day will agree to the taking of photos, and sometimes you may need to turn off the camera, for instance when at work or in other locations where it is not appropriate.


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