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A well baked digital audio recorder. However, it is left on full-time... continuously overwrites old data. (flight recorder, yes?) Then if someone gives you a phone number, or tells a really good joke, or says something that you cannot believe they actually said, just pull out the recorder and have
it trap the last minute (or whatever) of audio into a "keeper" file that doesn't get wiped.
Cell phone audio memory
Similar idea, within the context of a cellular phone. [bristolz, Sep 15 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Same idea, only for more than just audio. [egnor, Sep 15 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Record Your Life
later idea by [philthechill] that extends this concept (WTAGIPBAN) [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Baked as an Android app
[notexactly, Nov 13 2015]
Baked as a DIY electronic device
[notexactly, Nov 13 2015]
||Sorry about the inadvertent use of pre-baked product name, [Rods]. I'm not claiming to be above such things, but that one didn't occur to me.
||--Ok, got the link. Ouch! I'm afraid the fact that I don't watch TV may bite me severely here!
||This is like Tivo for Real life...
||I like this very much. It is like the short term memory that I never had. But what if someone tells you another good joke while you are fooling around with the first one? So, (trying to be helpful) it should record continuously, and there should be a button for committing the first minute to long term memory while the tape continues to record.
Humm, rereading this...that seems to be the idea to begin with...
||Future product's name: HUH?® and HUH?Plus® with extra memory.
||It should learn what you want to keep, Tivo-like, so that after a while, it automatically records the most interesting and erudite of your acquaintances, and also the bizarrely hypnotic non-sequiturs of that weird bloke in the office who likes radiators.
||If everone had this then "I" could'nt lie anymore. No good.
||I need this for remembering peoples names I just met. It
needs to trap the last hour or two, with live scanning
ability (all totally feasable with current digital recording
tech.) I have a mind like a steel sieve, and generally
forget names almost instantly. I want this to have a
cordless ear bud I can wear all the time, with a jog
shuttle control in my hand, to scan through the recent
recordings, so I can review peoples names while I'm at a
social function or for remembering any other stuff I just
heard, but wasn't paying close enough attention to to
catch (band/book/event names from the radio, phone
numbers, addresses, websites, the like).