Update 11 Feb 08
Lyndsay Williams invented SenseCam in 1999 in Cambridge, UK, when she worked at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Lyndsay has left Microsoft and is now Managing Director of www.girtonlabs.com. There is no connection with Microsoft Research cambridge and Girton Labs. Lyndsay has finished work on SenseCam and started work on another Alzheimer's computer, SenseBulb as here
Her goal with SenseCam was to create a device, "Total Recall", to help a person with major memory loss for example, dementia. SenseCam is a camera worn on the body that automatically captures memorable moments in the day based on changes in the environment, such as motion, acceleration , detecting people, light change, temperature, heart rate, etc. All sensor data is recorded using a PIC microcontroller in a similar manner to an aircraft “Black Box” recorder but small enough worn on the human body. A fish eye lens captures a very wide image view, 400% larger than an standard digital camera. Several thousand images are captured in the day and replayed in a few minutes. An Analog Devices accelerometer, ADXL202, decides when to capture images. Dr Narinder Kapur of Addenbrookes Hospital approached Lyndsay to ask for assistance with memory aids and the SenseCam was proposed. Microsoft Research have used this successfully to aid patients with severe memory loss in joint research with Dr Emma Berry of Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. The SenseCam is the key component for Microsoft Research's MyLifeBits project.
Above: Gordon Bell of Microsoft Research, wearing a SenseCam.
Academic papers about or referencing SenseCam, Feb 2008, 109 papers as here
Early SenseCam contributors were James Srinivasan and Trevor Taylor.
Below, typical SenseCam images by Lyndsay Williams
More SenseCam images here.
More on the SenseCam/MyLifebits project here.