Cool app I found out about yesterday on Mashable.com. Article written by Seth Fiegerman.
Smartphones have made it easier than ever before to take pictures and videos at any moment, but documenting our lives excessively may make it harder to keep track of the truly important things from one day to the next.
That’s the logic behind 1 Second Everyday, an iPhone app proposed on Kickstarter, which prompts users to capture one second of footage each day to create a curated and definitive film reel of their lives.
With 1 Second Everyday, users can compile videos from their phone’s camera roll, other video apps, or capture new clips within the app and then use the edit tools to trim each down to one second. Each clip gets timestamped and assigned to a day on a calendar, so you can easily search for a clip from a specific date, or else watch all your videos in chronological order.
The app is the brainchild of Cesar Kuriyama, who quit his advertising job and started recording one second of his own life each day when he turned 30 more than a year and a half ago. Earlier this year, Kuriyama gave a TED Talk about the experience, and noted that the project helped him to get through the tough days, appreciate the good days and prevent all his days from blurring together.
Based on his experience, he decided to partner with an app design studio in Brooklyn to develop 1 Second Everyday in an effort to make it easier for everyone to do what he did.
Other recently launched apps have encouraged users to capture a visual or written chronicle of their lives. Everyday, for example, prompts users to snap a picture of their face each day to see how they change over time, while Everyday.me organizes one’s social networking activity into a daily diary. But Kuriyama argues that curating short video clips of your life can be much more powerful.
“We have a tendency to pull cameras out when we’re doing something fun or interesting, but we probably don’t think to record when we’re just sitting at home watching TV,” Kuriyama wrote on the project’s Kickstarter page. “Recording a moment daily started encouraging me to wake up and seize each day.”
The project has raised more than $15,000 out of a $20,000 goal. Kuriyama says the app is almost completed, and funding is just needed for the final push. He plans to work on an Android version of the app next.