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The $199 camera that captures your every moment

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Forgotten where you put your keys again? Plug in the camera, flick through, and spot your missing item.

That's one use for the Memoto, billed as the world's smallest camera and GPS system. Forget your lens-switching and flicking from portrait to landscape, this product has no controls -- it simply takes photos as you get on with your daily life.

There are no buttons. Clipping the camera on to your clothing will result in thousands of photos being taken during the day, and according to the camera's creators, two geotagged images are automatically snapped every minute.

Why? So the 36x36x9mm camera will let you "revisit any moment of your past." Of course, no-one wants to necessarily see everything you get up to during the day, but it could be used for a number of purposes.

Whether you've lost a set of keys or need evidence when an accident takes place, you can glance over images grouped in "keyframes" to find the particular moment you're looking for. The police and soldiers could be equipped for accountability purposes, or a pedestrian could have proof of being robbed or knocked down on their bike.

The Memoto camera needs to be charged roughly every two days via a computer-connected USB port. The moment you link camera and computer, images are uploaded to Memoto's cloud-based encrypted servers. If you prefer, it is possible to use an Apple or Android-based app to scan through your photos.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign has 2,365 backers and has gone above and beyond the original $50,000 goal by reaching a total of $463,377. The project has 18 days to go. If the team reaches $700,000, they promise to extend the product range with a Wi-Fi dock, waterproof case and wide-angle lens.

Memoto is expected to start shipping in February 2013.

— By on November 11, 2012, 9:22 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure