Do you live your life to the fullest? Do you wish you could remember every day of it? Are you doing the opposite, wasting your life away and wishing you could turn things around? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can do all of these things! 1 Second Everyday is a video-recording app that asks users to record just one second of their life everyday, and at the end of the year they will have a six-minute video of how they lived their life that year. Interested? Just wait, there's more.

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Actually, no, there isn't much more to 1 Second Everyday than that. What's interesting about this app isn't the functionality, it's the concept. It can be life-changing for a person to watch their life play out over a long period of time. The drive to find something worth recording can even push people to live more involved, passionate lives. The app's creator recorded a portion of his life prior to creating the app, and he's provided a first-person look at what being 30 was like for him.

And here's his life at 31:

Awesome, right? But make no mistake, this is a commitment. Anyone excited by this idea has to remember to record something every day for an entire year, or if they're even more dedicated, the rest of their lives. Going even further, a user has to want to do this. Some people already whip out their smartphones whenever something exciting happens, capturing a photo or short clip of the moment. Others may view such behavior as living passively. Whipping out their camera pulls them out of the moment and relegates them to the sidelines. For them, it just kills the mood.


  • The App accesses any videos recorded on your phone & sorts them by date. You can also record your moment directly from the App.
  • Setup friendly reminders so you never forget a day!
  • Keep multiple timelines! You could have one for yourself… for each of your kids… your dinner… what you wear every day… etc! Looking forward to endless creative interpretations!
  • Backup your seconds with Google Drive!
  • Compile any given amount of time desired—the last month, year, or just select a start and end date.
  • Post your compilations directly to your social networks.
  • Your seconds are privately held on your phone. You never have to share this with anyone if you don't want to. The primary purpose of this App is to help you remember your own life. Sharing is optional.

The functionality here isn't impossible to do elsewhere. I personally would be happy with taking a single photograph each day. Someone else could even prefer to record several minutes and dedicate a decent-sized hard drive solely to maintaining their life video. But 1 Second Everyday removes much of the extra hassle. It began as a Kickstarter project and secured over 11,281 backers, so clearly a lot of people think it is a great idea.


If you're willing to make the plunge, 1 Second Everyday provides a calendar for tracking your progress and reminders to edge you along. The app is free for 30 days, after which it only costs 99 cents to continue. I'm curious to know what kind of experiences people manage to cram into a year. Have fun, and get back to us in 2014. We would love to see your six-minute clips.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Karan O

    Mine would be my Computer's Screen EVERY DAY!

  • Josh Flowers

    free for 30 days, then .99c--according to the 1st screen of the app. just fyi

    • Christopher Lee

      And? Looks like a pretty acceptable free trial period.

    • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

      That's a genius idea. By day 30 you realize you either use it or you don't.

  • armandocj

    There was a TED presentation about this concept


    • kpgalligan

      Yeah, just to be clear. We built the app (Touch Lab http://touchlab.co), but Cesar is the client. Same guy from the TED.

      • Matthew Fry

        I was wondering why there was a distinct lack of code in the year 30 video.

        Random question: Are you making year videos?

        • http://touchlab.co/ Kevin Galligan

          I started off pretty good. However, the last few weeks have been a frantic "delete all data, install, sync" cycle, so the clips I was making are gone. Also, being an "Android shop", I swap phones pretty regularly. I need to go back and pull clips from 1 or 2 older phones.

          Now that things are stable, though, I'm going to start up again. A lot of the videos were pretty lame, though. Code while watching some bad sci fi or whatever.

    • Mike Harris

      And the TED presentation is in the second video above.

  • Christopher Lee

    You're probably going to see at least one video documenting the slow decline of someone's smartphone. :P

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I am sorta beating the drum that I want to see this done with Google Glass. I think it would be way more motivating and natural if an app could fire up a camera that's already out and pointed at the world. It could do this a few times a day randomly (or based on sound and activity) to capture some moments and maybe suggest the best ones.

    I think this would be far more compelling than the current "Through Glass" micro-campaign going on now.

    • someone755

      Yeah, doing camera stuff with Glass would be awesome. Photospheres, these 1 second things etc. Awesome.

    • kpgalligan

      Cesar and I have been talking about this. Not sure of the mechanics. The phone is doing A LOT of crunching to manage videos. There will be a (non-hacked) Glass/Android api at some point, but not sure how far off that is. Doing something with Glass makes a whole lot of sense, though.

      The workflow now is a little more "precise". You clip one second from a larger video, and get very specific about the start/end of the clip. I'd some grumblings that this is slow and some would prefer to just take out the phone, snap a quick one second, and be done. Glass might make more sense if it did that kind of thing.

      In any case, it'll be a little while. Really need a vacation from video code ;)

  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    This app is tremendous. I've had it for maybe 5 minutes and I already love it. I worried that I would have today to record something, and then I'd have to wait until tomorrow to add something else, and so on, being at least a week before I know if this app is all that great.

    But no, it access your videos and photos by date, and offers you the use of them within the app. BRILLIANT. And on days I didn't take video? Well, I can add a photo from that day. Tremendous.

    I would add two things to this app:
    1) The ability to rotate/crop photos.
    2) The ability to change the timeframe. Maybe I'm on vacation for the next 3 days, and I want a 1 second video from every hour of the next 3 days. That would be a hell of a vacation remembering/appreciating tool.

    • Andreas Martin Mørch

      2) But that would destroy the purpose wouldn't it? This is not about remembering holidays, I'm sure there are loads of other ways to do that, it's about knowing that each day is of just as much worth as any other day; not more, not less. Giving "the best days" more time in the video goes against that principle. Live every day to the fullest.

      • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

        I get the grand idea, but you're not going to convince too many people that the day spent at the office is the same value as say, your daughter's wedding.

        Honestly, even as a separate app would be great. The way they've handled the editing is quite brilliant, and I'd love to see it available for other, more flexible uses.

    • http://touchlab.co/ Kevin Galligan

      Thanks for the feedback! Photos is a maybe. Could try to include aviary, but so far most of the people I've talked to who did that ultimately yanked it back out again. As for timeframe, its come up. Obviously the app is going for a very specific king of thing. Have had some chats with Cesar about next steps, though, so will put it in the hopper.

  • Michael Ta

    aint nobody got time fo dat

  • Matthew Fry

    Giving it a try. I might not be able to exercise every day or eat right every day but I am pretty committed to using my phone every day.

  • Takenover83

    No support for Gingerbread? Not working on my Droid X. Android 2.3.x. Please add support for older devices. Sure I could download a rom from XDA but Gingerbread is much more stable for my device.

    • http://touchlab.co/ Kevin Galligan

      It was a difficult decision, but this app is very complex. Supporting Gingerbread would have been much more difficult. That was the original plan, but the 2.3 phones we tested on wouldn't play the videos created (some 4.0+ phones can't play them either, but for the most part it works fine).

      • Takenover83

        OK, thanks for the reply. (you can ignore the email I sent you)

  • Bryan

    I find the app a little confusing to use

    • http://ipaul.pro Paul Burke

      Could you elaborate? The app is clearly very stylized and minimal, but considering how there are really only 2 functions, I am curious as to specifically where your confusion lies.

      (I work at Touch Lab)

      • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

        I'm confused too. Right now I got the standard My Life timeline and it's showing the month up until today.

        Now I've already made a video today, but today is not marked as orange and when I press friday 16th, it says "You have no content for today", which is not correct. Do I have to wait until tomorrow, until I can use the video? That seems strange.

        Also the entire world doesn't use AM-PM, you might wanna add 24hours support to reminder settings :)

        I'm on a Nexus 4 running stock Android 4.3

        • http://ipaul.pro Paul Burke

          Considering that today is Friday the 9th, I can understand why the 16th might not work. :-) I fought to not show future dates, but this was something the client wanted. Sorry for the confusion.

          On the AM/PM -- The entire app is only localized to US/Gregorian calendar right now. We hope to address that soon.

          • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

            LOL ... I need to get something with sugar in to drink. For some reason, my head was on the 16th, my bad :) Thanks for the quick answer.

            Good to hear.

  • Rehan Ahmed

    I see all these apps and add them into my wishlist, to use them sometime in the indefinite future!

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    Going to give this one a shot as well. I love lifelogging apps, and this falls into that category. Currently I use Saga as my main one, and Friday with Trails as my secondary one. Addicted to Lifelogging!

  • Thomas

    I love the fact that you can do multiple timelines.

  • AGWednesday

    "asks users to record just one second of their life everyday"

    every day*