Want to improve your memory? Wish you had an eidetic memory? I think we all do. But, while neuroscience continues to struggle to understand the human brain (and eidetic memory even more so), you as a software developer can go out and develop eidetic memory for sounds using nothing but a microphone and a smartphone.
What is this "eidetic software" I speak of?
Imagine this: you have a microphone always listening to your surroundings. It keeps the last 15 seconds on hand at all times. With the click of a button on your MYO armband or Pebble wristwatch, the last 15 seconds of sound is saved to your phone. Miss what someone said? Want evidence that they said it? Bam. Instant eidedic memory.
You see, the problem with most memory-aiding devices (including cameras and sound recorders) is that they only work once you take them out and start using them. Often times, we don't know what's worth remembering until after it happened. Those with an innate eidetic ability don't have to worry about this, since they remember everything they perceive. But for us normal folks, our eidetic memory devices need to be able to remember the past, since our brains won't be able to.
Cameras still use too much power and take up too much memory to always be recording in this manner. Plus, people are still very suspicious of cameras. But a microphone? Small, unobtrusive, and low power drain make it the perfect candidate for an always-on eidetic memory device. Sure, remembering sounds in software isn't quite the same as having a natural eidetic memory, but it still holds tremendous potential in reshaping your ability to document and relive your life.
With so many website and expensive programs out there claiming they can help you improve your memory, it's surprising that such a simple solution hasn't yet been implemented. If you try this, we'd love to hear if it actually does improve your memory!