“Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life,” says Cesar Kuriyama in the promo video for his new iPhone app.
The day he turned 30, Kuriyama did something most people his age would never have the guts to do. He quit his job.
Instead of sitting in a cubicle at his less-than-exciting advertising gig, Kuriyama recorded one second of his life on video every day for the following year, titling the project “1 Second Every Day.”
His idea was this: After stockpiling 365 days of one-second snippets, he would create a compilation of all of the footage in the form of one neatly-packaged video. The final product would serve as a memento of his year, helping him remember at least one moment from every day.
Kuriyama’s project had such a profound effect on his life, he decided to spread his idea by developing an application — with the help of software developer Alchemy50 — that would allow iPhone users worldwide to make every day one to remember.
“1 Second Everyday” is now available in the App Store for 99 cents, and while there are still a few glitches (it crashes occasionally), it’s pretty neat, and worth a download.
The app allows users to select one-second portions from videos in their libraries, or record them in the application itself. It dates every snippet, and provides the option to add captions. You are even able set alarms to remind you to record your daily video.
When users are ready to compile their final project, they simply select the seconds they want, and the app will create a YouTube and/or Facebook-ready video that is easy to share with friends and family.
Kuriyama said that after he had gathered only a few weeks of his own footage, he began to realize that there were days he hadn’t done anything particularly interesting.
“It starts encouraging me to wake up & seize the day,” he said on his Kickstarter campaign blog.
Kuriyama said he hopes to eventually develop an Android-compatible version of the app as well.
“After that… well… I can’t give anything away, but I have some rather ambitious goals for the future of this project,” Kuriyama said on his Kickstarter site. “Stay tuned!”
Listen to the segment via this MP3 file or the audio player below.