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Bryan M. Wolfe
| June 29, 2011
New App Makes Brilliant Time-Lapse Videos, So What's The Problem?
An interesting new photography app is now available in the App Store called Lifelapse for iPhone. The app has a simple purpose: it automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds, which are then used to create time-lapse videos. After testing the app for a few hours, I have one question for the app’s creators: what were you guys thinking? First, let it be said that Lifelapse works 100 percent as advertised. In fact, I can imagine in the perfect world, using it on my next vacation would result in fantastic photographs and videos. However, I just can’t get past the app’s underlying concept. And, regrettably, I don’t think others will either. Lifelapse is best used with the company’s €9.99 Lifepouch neck lanyard. With it, your iPhone fits nicely around your neck with only the iPhone’s rear-facing camera and one-half of its Apple logo showing. Can you see where this is going? [caption id="attachment_198648" align="aligncenter" width="642" caption="The Lifepouch"][/caption] As TUAW’s Michael Rose appropriately suggests, wearing the lanyard around your neck will identify you as “both a) a tourist and b) the possessor of more money than sense.” Therefore, unless you’re planning on using Lifelapse at your next family picnic or at your weekend getaway in the woods, I would not recommend using it, unless you are willing to risk losing your iPhone to a stranger. Plus, if that doesn't bother you consider how quickly the app could drain your iPhone's battery. Remember, it takes two photographs every minute. Check out this video: Lifelapse for iPhone is available in the App Store for $.99. Keep in mind, the app will only work with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. Thoughts?