Holiday Stalker: Record Every Sight Sound + Smell on Vacay

One of the best parts of any vacation is reliving the great memories once you get home. But time can degrade those memories, making them hazy and erasing details. This conceptual vacation accessory would help you not only hold onto vacation memories but even enjoy your vacation more while it’s happening. Using this odd invention would mean that you would never again have to carry a camera or a map, and you’d never forget the feeling you got walking through a fascinating vacation spot.

The SEED is a small plastic device with a retractable balloon attached. When you are walking around on vacation, the balloon can be inflated so that the SEED follows you around, recording sights, sounds and even smells to help you recall every moment later on. The internal GPS also helps you get around without the frustrating experience of getting lost. The device even translates phrases for the user, making international travel simple.

After you get home, you can use the SEED to recall every step of your dream vacation. The floating device will have kept track of everything from a third-person view, so you can torture your family and closest friends by playing a real-time account of the entire trip. Alternatively, if you are more of an exhibitionist, you can set up a live feed to send the video to your nearest and dearest as you’re traveling so they never have to feel far away from you. The SEED, of course, is not in production and probably never will be – but it is an eye-opening look at how we can detach ourselves from recording our vacations and get back to enjoying them.

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