App of the Week: ‘1 Second Everyday’ helps iPhone users document their lives

“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.

<embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=53827400" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" height="300"></embed>

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 was initially inspired by a TED talk given by Stefan Sagmeister called “The Power of Time Off,” and was even invited to give his own TED talk  in May of 2011.

Since then, he has been interviewed by CNN and New York Daily News.

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!”

App of the Week is a regular feature of the GeekWire radio show and podcast, airing at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle. The show runs every weekend on GeekWire.com. You can get every episode using this RSS feed, subscribe in iTunes. or search for the show on Stitcher.

Listen to the segment via this MP3 file or the audio player below.

Previously on GeekWire: App of the Week: ‘Taxi Turvi’ is a passenger’s best defense

Reach Lily Katz at lily@geekwire.com or on Twitter @LilyKatz

  • Guest

    Just when you think this social hype couldn’t be any more narcissistic…

    • Replier to “Guest”

      Then you don’t understand the point of this app. It’s designed for people who want a unique way of reminiscing later in life. Sharing the final product is optional.

  • http://twitter.com/clairecremen Claire Cremen

    I use a similar app called Moment Montage which has none of those bug crashes and allows me to take multiple moments on special days. I use it every day because its so easy to use http://www.momentmontage.me

    • Replier to Claire

      Then that’s not the same thing, now is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.amaro Renee Amaro

    When does it break for Android please?