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3 MeMINI: Small innovation with big potential
It’s tiny and weighs next to nothing – yet a Kiwi-built wearable camera can capture looped footage in 1080-pixel definition and share it straight online.
The meMINI camera- created by Sam Lee of Wanaka and Aucklander Ben Bodley – is the world’s first wearable camera with Recall technology – which allows the wearer to save and store looped video of up to five minutes long and share it online.
On your smart-phone you can trim any unwanted footage – add a title – browse your videos and share them on Facebook or YouTube – or invite friends and family to check them out on a personal meMINI network.
The looped footage is also adjustable from five seconds to five minutes – and the camera has three-and-a-half hours’ battery life on one charge – along with 8GB of memory – a built-in high-quality speaker – and a high-sensitivity microphone.
Since launching the concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early last year meMINI’s developers delayed bringing it to retail to fine-tune the technology – and were this year accepted into the renowned incubator programme – Wearable World Labs.
A successful Kickstarter campaign raised tens of thousands of dollars and attracted more than 500 financial backers.
The device – which can be worn on the wrist or attached to a lanyard – is now available for pre-order through its website for around $260.