The quality of the images is surprisingly good--as seen here from footage taken using the prototype wearable camera by HP's Phil Cheatle on a family holiday climbing in the Italian Dolomites. Cheatle said, "We wanted something that's ridiculously easy to use."
There is too much raw footage for the user to process and select manually so HP developed image filtering and automatic analysis technology to do the hard work for them. The saved footage is downloaded to a PC, where sophisticated head motion detection algorithms determine which bits are most likely to be of interest to the user and whether a still, panorama or video clip is the most appropriate format.
The user can then review the edited footage and raise the "interest threshold" rating so that only highlights are selected or lower the threshold so that more footage is shown.
Phil Cheatle, HP
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