Google did us no favors when it announcedlast year, reviving a not-much-loved product category that had pretty much died with the . Following in Google's footsteps comes the $199 Roader Time Machine Camera which made its debut at CES 2018.
The Time Machine Camera is less creepy, for sure. It constantly buffers video, and when you press a button it saves the previous 10 seconds and the following 10 seconds, in a square format like Google's. It can also automatically trigger if you're in a car crash, using a motion sensor.
But the Time Machine automatically connects to your phone and transfers the video without storing it on the device (at 640x640 and 1,088x1,088 resolutions), and it doesn't upload to or process it in the cloud for AI analysis. So, less creepy.
But as far as I can tell, no one really wants to wear a camera prominently on their chest, no matter how inoffensive looking it may be, or to have it constantly monitoring their life. Who knows? Maybe the Roader Time Machine will succeed where others have failed. Maybe its time has come. Maybe.
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