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Flickr's handlebar camerasIf you see a purple Yahoo bike on the road, smile for the camera! As part of a new publicity campaign, Flickr has tricked out 20 bikes worldwide with GPS and Wi-Fi-enabled cameras that document the view from the handlebars once every minute. Those photos...
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> These photos are the record of Heather Champ's day as taken from the handlebars of her bicycle once every minute. Oh look, here she is at CNET headquarters and getting ready for this interview. >> As long as the bike is moving and then for a few minutes afterwards that keeps taking pictures. It's a slightly different, sort of mediated view of somebody's experiences. They're travelling you know through time and space or wherever they live. >> Yahoo owned Flickr has trekked out 20 of these bikes with solar powered Nokia N95 camera phones. >> There's also a plug, so if it's days like this, where there may not be so much sun coming in, you can plug it and then charge it. >> That snaps a picture once every minute and instantly upload them to a Flickr photo stream. >> It has GPS and it has Wi-Fi capabilities. >> While the bike's moving and for a little bit afterwards it's uploading the pictures. >> Twenty-such bikes were given to Flickr users all over the world to document their daily travel. >> I was a little reluctant at first because there's no way to make it stop taking your photos. So like you can kind of track me home and track me to work. I kind of live online anyway, and I Twitter a lot and I blog a lot and I Flickr a lot and I'm not that private, so I got over it pretty quick. >> San Francisco based Amit Gupta commutes to work in his bike and has already recorded more than 4,000 photos after two weeks in the saddle. >> I tour for friends they're gonna have it for a day or two at a time, so it's like I'm kind of experience other parts of San Francisco that I don't normally see. >> Smile, you're on camera. What's the bike's name? >> Barack Obama so I can say Barack Obama is on your bicycle. >> As much as he loves his bike, Amit says he secretly want it to get stolen so he could track the "would be" thief every move through the GPS and the camera and then watch it of course on his Flickr photo stream. I'm CNET reporter Kara Tsuboi. ^M00:01:51 [ Music ]