lifestyle • 18 Aug, 2017
Ubiquiti's FrontRow Lets You Livestream Your Life
Wearable-tech Meets Surveillance State With New Gadget
We guess it was a matter of time until wearable-tech aligned with the surveillance state to give us this latest piece of kit — the always-on necklace cam. And so with Ubiquiti's FrontRow the dystopian idea of being trapped inside a TV series, like Jim Carrey in 1998’s The Truman Show, just got a step closer.
The product gives you the chance to livestream your life. And while that opportunity offers to help you capture every glorious moment for posterity, it’s also likely to flood our Facebook feed with way too many intimate moments not meant for the screen.
Of course, overseas, police recently started wearing body cameras but this is an early example of a consumer line of the same idea. Rappers Rae Sremmurd are already wearing the smartwatch-sized iOS- and Android-ready device highlighting another of its uses — to live broadcast shows from the performer’s perspective. The camera can stream straight to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and has an 8-megapixel 140-degree camera that captures images that look something like those from a GoPro, and it also has a secondary camera with a slightly reduced spec.
Unluckily (or not) the company claims the cam can capture only around 2 hours of livestreamed footage, and 16 hours in time-lapse mode. But who knows, maybe this will make for more compelling reality TV shows. “Was nothing real?” Carrey as Truman Burbank had asked the shows executive producer at the end of the Truman Show. “You were real. That’s what made you so good to watch,” Christof replied.
Words by David Kaye