I was drawn to read this engadget article by its title: Sony's new point-and-shoot is the point-and-shoot to end all point-and-shoots
As it turns out, and as it often happens anywhere, the title was completely misleading. Such an expensive camera with no mention to battery life won't ever be as huge as the article clearly claimed. On the related links, at the bottom of that same page, I've found a much more promising device. A camera powered by light. How awesome is that?! Not much.
The resolution is what you see here:
But still quite amazing. It reminded me of an image recording device I would like, which would be a mix of GoPro and Google Glasses. And it could be done today! If only anyone would assemble it together...
The idea is being able to record everything you see on the day, in video, and then allows to easily select moments to filter / edit later. So it would be always on, like the russian cameras, but it would also have a button (or some simple trigger) to mark a moment. Later on you could select the best frame around that time to pick a photo.
I don't care for mega pixels, 2048px is good enough. Maybe even 640 would be, if the lens are good. I care for battery and for having it as natural as possible. A point-and-shooted. Now we're talking about a real point-and-shoot killer!
I picture it would be some kind of sunglasses, since at first it would only do good at sun light anyway. And sure, it would have same social issues as google glasses, but it needs to be smooth and light to wear or else I just won't wear it the whole day. Simply take it off in bad lights ambients such as most indoors, and any bathrooms, and it should be fine, I'd hope.
And it would have a pocket battery or something. Look, I want my smartphone to be big with a small screen, so I can use it one handed and, mostly, so the battery will last at least 2 days without charging, because lasting 1 day is just not enough. Same thing with these sunglasses, except they would be to be weared on the head, so the heavy batteries need to be wired somewhere else. Maybe a vest.
And it all needs to be cheap as well. Not much more than U$200, to begin with. There sure could be more expensive versions with higher resolution, but the core must target as cheap as possible. Because everyone has to start using it to remove its social stigma, to really make a change on how we record our lives and thus furthering enabling us to better study ourselves.
From all the things I see being built, I think the only reason this haven't been done is because nobody is focusing enough or even had such an idea.
What do you think? Does it sound like a nice one?