This little Time Machine camera captures and saves 10 seconds of the past

Ever wish you could go back in time because you just missed the perfect photo op? Startup Roader is launching a new camera that let’s you go back in time — for about 10 seconds anyway. The Roader Time Machine is a wearable camera that continuously records, but only saves video when the user hits the button within 10 seconds of that missed moment.

While wearing the camera, the Time Machine buffers everything it sees, but in order to prevent a data overload, deletes everything after 10 seconds. Rather than shooting a traditional photo, pressing the shutter button on the Time Machine instead tells the camera to save those last 10 seconds as a video clip.

The lifelogging camera records in two square formats simultaneously, with both a 640 x 640 30fps option and a 1088 x 1088 30 fps video. The smaller of the two files is sent to a smartphone, a process that takes only about 20 seconds, while the larger file is saved on the 16GB of internal storage for uploading to a computer later. (A 32GB version of the camera will also be available).

With a square format designed for social sharing, the Time Machine has between six and seven hours of battery life, allowing wearers to record a good chunk of their day.

The camera was actually inspired by a meteor strike in 2013, which got Dutch entrepreneurs Sjoerd Pitstrastarting and Joost Godee wondering how they could capture of video of something that just happened.

The Time Machine isn’t the first camera that can actually record a few seconds of the past. In Panasonic’s 4K photo modes, a preburst option shoots up to 60 images before the shot. In this mode, however, a half press of the shutter button (to focus the shot) tells the camera to start recording, helping to capture the moment even if the photographer was a second late on the actual full press of the shutter.

One of the main problems with wearable lifelogging cameras is sorting through all that footage to find the shots that are actually interesting and worthwhile and Time Machine looks to solve that problem by giving users 10 seconds to push the button to save that memory, rather than recording the entire day. Other wearable cameras, like the family-oriented Benjamin Button, use AI to determine what moments to save.

Roader expects the Time Machine to launch this spring, with a retail price of $199. Pre-orders from the Roader website are available with a $50 discount.

Product Review

With outstanding image quality, the ‘basic’ Sony A7 III excels in every way

Replacing the four-year-old A7 II as the new entry-level model in Sony's full-frame line, the A7 III is an impressively capable camera that gives more expensive models a run for their money.
Photography

The best Black Friday camera deals will save you up to $1000 off

This year's Black Friday camera deals see impressive savings on high-end gear that can save you some real money. If you've been holding off on buying a new DSLR or mirrorless camera, your patience has just been rewarded.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.
Mobile

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.
Product Review

Airselfie 2 may as well be a GoPro stapled to a drunk hummingbird

On paper, the Airselfie 2 is marketed as flying photographer that fits in your pocket and snaps selfies from the sky. Unfortunately it’s more like a HandiCam controlled by a swarm of intoxicated bumblebees
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

DJI has always been the king of drones, and the new Mavics are almost perfect

After flying both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom for over a week, we’re convinced that these are two of the best drones that DJI has ever made.
Mobile

How to choose the best MicroSD cards for your smartphone or tablet

If you need some extra storage space and your device supports it, then a MicroSD card is an obvious place to start. Here, we look at what to consider and suggest some of the best MicroSD cards for your smartphone.
Photography

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer trades in his gear for a toy camera

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oden Balilty recently rose to the challenge of shooting for an entire day using nothing but a toy camera, and at the end of it even found a few reasons to praise it over his pricey DSLR.
Social Media

Instagram purges fake followers, likes, and comments generated from other apps

Instagram looking a little more authentic? You can thank machine learning. A new tool is helping Instagram spot followers, likes and comments generated from third-party apps -- and this is just the start.
Product Review

Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 may be a beast in size, but its images are absolute beauty

There’s no such thing as a perfect lens, but the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED comes incredibly close. The original 105mm f/1.4 delivers exceptional quality, albeit in a bulky package.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Photography

Deluxe D-Lux: New Leica compact camera adds quality and luxury

Essentially a rehoused Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, the D-Lux 7 adds Leica styling -- and price -- to Panasonic tech. The camera retains much from its predecessor, but brings some needed updates and refinements.