Amsterdam-based Roader has revealed its Time Machine Cam during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device allows to save the last 10 seconds of its continuous recording postfactum and record the 10 seconds after. The wearable will arrive to “major online retail channels” later this year with a €149 price tag. The startup is founded by Sjoerd Pitstra, Wouter Woudstra, and Joost Godee, the Flip camera designer.
Not your ordinary wearable camera
The main difference between the Dutch startup’s product and most other wearable cameras on the market—including Snapchat’s Spectacles—is that the Time Machine Cam works similarly to some dashboard cams in cars, i.e. effectively records everything that happens before its lens. The recording goes into a 10-second buffer, which is continuously written over. Whenever you want to pull the “time travel” trick, the camera saves the last 10 seconds of its recording and records a further 10-second fragment. The idea makes a lot of sense, as it allows the user to avoid going through gigabytes of video shot by a normal camera in order to find the moments worth remembering and sharing.