September 25, 2008

Life, Digitized: Part 2

It occurs to me that I could start this project of totally immersive digital recording by working with audio until prices drop sufficiently to be able to add video channels. A normal MP3 file stores 1.5 MB of stereo sound per minute. That works out to be about 1.4 GB per sixteen-hour day or 525 GB per year. A 500 GB hard drive is well within our $100 budget. A good recording platform would be a used 2nd generation iPod nano with an iTalk Pro and a custom-made stereo microphone that could attach to the left and right sides of your clothing.

So $250 will get you a system that enables a total audio recording of your waking life. What you do with your autobiographical data is another thing entirely.

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