OMG = Oxford Metrics Group (wonder if they registered the name first?)
This device is basically a wearable time-lapse still/video camera with some clever triggering "targeted at the consumer market" - apparently there have been similar devices aimed at people with severe memory problems, dementia etc. The blurb on their site includes the description:
"Autographer is designed to change the way we think about photography: one where moments are captured without intervention. The user can live the experience while Autographer spontaneously captures the stories that unfold. This is not just a new camera but a whole new photographic approach
I was reminded of the story by Borges (an idea which I believe he purloined from Lewis Carroll) where cartographers decide that a map of the Empire is only adequate when it coincides point-for-point with the Empire itself - ie 1:1.
This news comes on a week where I see that we have reached a stage where 10% of all photographs ever taken
were created in 2011, a statistic I find strangely horrifying.
An artist friend once did an installation which involved accumulating a vast number of snaps from friends and acquaintances and displaying them sequentially on a monitor in a gallery. After about 5 seconds the screen blanked and displayed the word "deleted" followed by the next in sequence.