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There are companies coming out of the woodwork trying to get the smart watch right. What if you don't need a smart watch, though? Is there space on your wrist for a single-use device? The people behind Kapture certainly think there is, and enough consumers agree with them that the device squeaked past its Kickstarter goal on the last day. So what is it? Kapture is a wristband that's always listening, ready to export the last 60 seconds of audio to your phone.

The idea is that if something funny or otherwise notable is said, you can just tap the wristband to send the audio to your smartphone over Bluetooth. There are more practical uses too, like saving directions or instructions right after you're given them. The Kapture will be paired with a smartphone app for Android or iOS that stores all your audio clips for exporting and sharing. The device itself can also save about 25 clips locally in case the phone is out of range, then upload them the next time it's paired.

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The band and face come in an array of stylish colors and are interchangeable. There is also a Kapture Klip that does away with the wrist band entirely and attaches to a shirt pocket or backpack strap. Since the campaign is over, you can't get in line for a Kapture right now, but it's supposed to be delivered in March 2014. Sometime thereafter it should go on sale to everyone else for an undisclosed price. Early bird pledges got the Kapture for $75, while others paid $99. So it's probably not going to be an impulse buy.

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[Kickstarter]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Derik Taylor

    "The device itself can also save about 25 clips locally in case the phone is out of rage..."

    I always hate when my phone is out of rage. :D

    • jesuguru

      Yeah, then all the Angry Birds suddenly turn nice and gentle until you recharge it.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Hopefully this device can later be used for voice commands for Moto X-like functionality for all Android phones. ;)

    • Stein-Erik Dahle

      This would be a far better use!!!

  • idi

    I love this idea. Is there anything similar I can purchase?

    • Stein-Erik Dahle

      Give it some time and you'll find it on DX.com....

    • Wearables

      Heard app for iphone

  • MikeCiggy

    Perfect for recording any interaction with police during a traffic stop or another encounter. There are a lot of apps in the play store specifically designed to monitor police interaction to cover your own ass.

    • Charles

      Agreed. There should be functionality that puts the device into a constantly-recording mode, instead of just dumping the last 60 seconds. For times when you prospectively know you're going to want stuff on record. Bonus points for having the app on the phone stream the recording to online storage, just in case something... y'know... goes wrong.

      • N8

        Tap the device every 40 seconds or so, and you'll have an overlapping continuous recording. Set the directory on your phone up with something like Dropbox, and they'll be uploaded pretty quickly.

  • Owen Finn

    So many privacy issues...

    • Guest

      So many legal issues

  • Herman

    I'm wondering how useful this really is.

    "The idea is that if something funny or otherwise notable is said, you can just tap the wristband to send the audio to your smartphone over Bluetooth."

    If something funny is being said, would it still be funny (to others) if you shared it?
    I don't know, it's mostly just funny at that exact moment.

    • Mike Reid

      That's an end user problem; they just deal with the tech.

      Don't forget the thousands of distinct fart and other bodily noises these will record for posterity. LOL at future genealogists hearing what their great grandfather thought was funny as a kid 100 years ago.

    • Wearables

      Why do people take pictures? or video..most likely to preserve memories/experiences to be able to review or share at a later time. Anyone could find this device useful outside of surveillance use. From remembering names when you meet someone, crazy things kids say, notable ideas that come to you in a inopportune time. Have you ever seen someone that carries a notebook with them where ever they go and is always taking notes?

  • PamelaLibrarian

    Does anyone else feel like they need to be really careful saying anything anywhere now, except inside their own house? Kinda creeps me out a little. Yes, I know people can already record on their phones, but that looks more obvious than these wrist or clippy things.

    • Mike Reid

      Should be careful of what you say and do ever since camcorders became more prevalent, what 15+ years ago ?

      Here's another use: Cop, other authority, or random person violates your rights or assaults you or whatever, and they assume they aren't being recorded. If you can hit the button, they ARE recorded, similar to car dashcams.

      Next step, video, though there are no guarantees your camera was pointed in the right direction.

    • Alan Judson

      It's okay. Just don't talk anymore. That's what I do.

  • Carlos Kazam

    Bleh! I thought it was a moto x kind wristband

  • atlouiedog

    Why is the Klip in a shape that's not Starfleet insignia?

  • spydie

    only 60 seconds is useless. Most conversations last longer than that and when the cop is talking to you, your mind is on something else (hiding the funny weed) and not on tapping the button every 60 seconds. It needs continuous recording with a log time of over an hour before recording back over top of it.

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