POV & Glogging

Point of View Cameras (POV)


Clynes defined Cybernetic organisms (also known as "cyborgs", "borgs", and somewhat as "posthumans") by way of a synergy between human and machine such that operation of the machine does not require conscious thought or effort on the part of the human. The theory of __Humanistic Intelligence (HI)__ makes this concept more precise, and focuses on machines of an informatic nature. HI is defined as the intelligence that arises from the human being (being) in the feedback loop of a computational process in which the human and computer are inextricably intertwined. (Reference: Mann,S (1998); Humanistic Intelligence: WearComp as a new framework for Intelligent Signal Processing) This inextricability usually requires the existence of some form of body-borne computer. When a body borne computer functions in a successful embodiment of HI, the computer uses the human's mind and body as one of its peripherals, just as the human uses the computer as a peripheral. This reciprocal relationship, where each uses the other in its feedback loop, is necessary for a successful implementation of HI. This theory is in sharp contrast to many goals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) where the computer replaces or emulates human intelligence. Early cyborg communities of the late 1970s and early 1980s were constructed to explore the creation of visual art within a computer mediated reality. Then with the advent of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, cyborg logs (glogs, short for cyborGLOGS) became shared spaces. Such logfiles resulted in Wearable Wireless Webcam and more recently, Wearable Wireless Webcam . The main difference between weBLOGS and cyborGLOGS is that blogs often originate from a desktop computer, wheras glogs can originate while walking around, often without any conscious thought and effort, as stream-of-(de)consciousness glogging


This 3 hr workshop provides attendees with an over view of a range of Pont of View Cameras (PoV) and how they can be used to support teaching and learning in the educational environment.
Topics include
  • What is a Point of View Camera
  • Types of cameras
  • Video formats
  • How they can be used in Higher Education
  • POV Camera @ ACU FHS example
  • Capturing Video headcams
  • Editing Video in moviemaker
  • Rendering Video into viddler.com
  • Uploading & Sharing your video on wiki/blog
  • ePortfolio

This session addresses some elements from the following Training Package units:

Session resources

Session Plan (TBA)




Brian Mobbs, Refrigeration Teacher TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute POV Videos

EDUPOV - Suppliers of POV equipment to the educationalk sector in Australia

Launch Helmet Cams supplier of helmet cameras and onboard video solutions.

Podcast of the aupov09 Conference, Wollongong, NSW Australia 18 June 2009

What is a Point of View Camera

There are many types of point of view cameras on the market today, and the field is constantly evolving as technology improves. Basically POV involves any video camera which captures live footage of an individual performing an activity in such a fashion as viewer gets to see and or hear the activity being performed from the perspective of the filmer.
Typically POV involves wearable cameras however they may also involve video cameras which are mounted on stands, in microscopes, medical equipment eg. Laparoscopes, plumbing drain inspection cameras or vehicles etc.
POV cameras are typically small form factor, light weight and record to internal flash memory and or external SD or micro SD cards. Video/Audio is recorded in compressed format to the flash memory and can be easily accessed via a USB for transfer and editing and publishing.
Video Formats
Video/Audio is recorded in a wide range if formats depending on the manufactures specifications, some of the common types are as follows :-
3GP - Originally developed for use on 3g mobile phones the format is a variant of MPEG-4. It it is supported by a wide range of players in the MS, MAC and Linux environments. In the DET NSW MS context it typically opens and plays in Quicktime and RealPlayer. For more information on the format see the wikipedia entry
AVI - *.av has it's roots in the MS environment and strickly speaking is a container or wrapper for video files and as such may utilisea wide array of video/audio formats. Microsoft created the AVI format for packaging A/V data, but it's just a specification for sticking A/V data in a file, along with some control information about what's inside.
MOV - This is the QuickTime container which has it's rootsin the multimedia framework developed by Apple. Like AVI is can support a wide variety of video/Audio formats. Typically a MOV file will open with Quicktime if it is installed however a range of players will handle the file type so long as they have the appropriate codec installed. For more information see the wikipedia entry
MOD, TOD - recording formats developed for use in digital tapeless typically flash memory based camcorders. Thye tend to be maufacturer dependant with JVC using MOD & TOD and Canon using MOD for standard definition SD cameras. For more information see the wikipedia entry
MTS & AVCHD, - MTS was developed by Sony for Flash based High Definition HD camcorders and has been adopted by some other manufactirers such as Canon & Panasonic. Camcorders make use of MTS in the form of AVCHD, a recording format made specifically for camcorders. Some camcorder models from Canon such as the Canon LEGRIA HFS10 use MTS files. These files are also present on Blu-ray disc compilations, therefore they are capable of storing quite a large amount of information and data tracks. Generally speaking most media players will not play these type of HD formats and you need to install a player. Adobe Premiere Elements supports HD and will handle both formats. There are lots of converters avaiable to which will convert it to more playable formats. HD is an new emerging era and support will grow with time, Windows 7 apparently natively support AVCHD/MTS/M2TS for example. For more information see the wikipedia entry

POV Cameras


Some times refereed to as a spy classes, this type of wearable camera is integrated into a pair if fashionable sun glasses.
It records to the internal 2 Gb of internal memory or an optional micro SD card. Lens can be removed or clear lens inserted.

For information on the operation see the instruction page


The ContourHD is lightweight, water resistant high definition HD camera Videos are recorded onto Micro SD cards (2GB card included) with the maximum size 16GB card holding up to hours of HD video (or 16 hours of standard definition). The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery will run for approximately 90 minutes in HD mode (2 hours in standard definition mode).

For information on the operation see the instruction page