Inventor Makes VR ‘Time Machine’ to Help Relive His Past

Published on July 13, 2020

One inventor may have found a way to remember all of life’s little moments. Lucas Rizzotto developed a virtual reality app that acts as a ‘time machine’. The app lets users revisit any moment that was recorded using the camera-equipped Snap Spectacles. All you have to do is set a ‘Back to The Future’ style destination time’. Once you do that, you will be able to see what you were doing at any given moment. It even has some nifty effects.

Even though its really just stereoscopic video, the creator says that it feels like so much more than that. He explains that you ‘remember everything connected to that moment.’ According to Rizzotto, it’s like being your ‘own ghost,’ as it allows you to follow your own life without knowing just exactly what is about to happen.

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This is quite a complex VR project that wouldn’t exactly be easy to reproduce. The Snap Spectacles can only record a single minute of video at a time and have pretty limited storage. This means that even if you are wearing the glasses all the time, you won’t be able to capture everything that happens. After that, all the footage had to be archived onto a bunch of hard drives, so this was no simple feat.

We think this a really clever project. It really raises a lot of philosophical questions on wearable technology as it is reaching maturity. Privacy is of course a concern, and Google Glass caused an uproar in 2013 from privacy advocates (people with things to hide). Those types of people’s irrational fears will only be exacerbated if they knew people were recording everything constantly, but hey, it’s 2020. Deal with it.

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