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An Audio-Based Personal Memory Aid (Full Paper)
Sunil Vemuri, Chris Schmandt, Walter Bender, Stefanie Tellex, Brad Lassey
Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy

We are developing a wearable device that attempts to alleviate some everyday memory problems. The “memory prosthesis” records audio and contextual information from conversations and provides a suite of retrieval tools (on both the wearable and a personal computer) to help users access forgotten memories in a timely fashion. This paper describes the wearable device, the personal-computer-based retrieval tool, and their supporting technologies. Anecdotal observations based on real-world use and quantitative results based on a controlled memory-retrieval task are reported. Finally, some social, legal, and design challenges of ubiquitous recording and remembering via a personal au-dio archive are discussed.



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