Ever wish you could take something you just said back? There’s no time machine that will let you do that — but if you’re wearing the smartwatch-like Kapture wristband on your wrist (which uses “tap” tech for access), you can “rewind” the last 60 seconds that happened as a saved audio file. So what’s the procedure for using this tech?
Well, first the Kapture is around your wrist — the plastic band’s nub having gone through the best hole on the band to secure it — and its USB rechargeable battery is powered up. That was the first thing done after removing it from its “cage” like cardboard box. But the USB cable wasn’t plugged into it: instead it was placed against a charging plate on Kapture’s backside to hold on through magnetic attraction. You knew it was being charged because the small LED on the front changed to green to indicate the charge was ready to go (and repeated every 7 seconds to show it’s in use since there’s no On/Off switch). So if you had figured 2 hours to charge it properly, you figured about right and then you’re good to go for all day. Add to that the ability to discern the fact that it’s on through a vibration, or that the audio clip’s being transferred and saved or that the battery is running low is aided by that LED lighting up, and there’s no reason that Kapture won’t be working in the way you expect it to.
And since you’ve also filed the receipt from the company, there’s no way you have to be ashamed at paying the full retail price of $149 — having taken advantage of the limited time $129 offer.
But back to using the Kapture. So having done all of the above, the last step was to pair the Kapture to your smartphone through Bluetooth — this procedure not being any different than what has been done with others, and to download the free app designed for use with it (being for iOS/Apple or Google Play/Android). Kapture has been listening — it constantly listens and records everything being heard in 60 second loops, one after the other and not saving anything until you tell it to. That’s done by having the app running (or in the background) and giving Kapture a double finger tap. As you withdraw your finger, the latest 60 seconds worth of audio transfers over to the app, where it can be edited, modified, filtered, shared with others and even have a photo added to it (this can also be initiated through the app as well). Don’t worry about having the phone there all the time either: Kapture can internally “hold” onto the last 25 minutes (in 60 second increments) until the phone is again within range so Bluetooth can do its transfer thing.
Now the uses for Kapture are varied and wide — but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s only invasive if you decide to save a loop and it’s not just about you. Have a great idea that would disappear by the time you’d pull out your pone to finger-type a note? Just speak it instead. The same goes for reminders and other notes that might slip through the cracks if you had to rely on paper and pen — whether real or digital.
Kapture doesn’t do the multitude of things a smart watch can, but its specific use is well-defined and surprisingly broad — let’s face it, audio is always being denigrated in comparison to “seeing” (i.e., video) but what a mistake that can be. And it comes with choices for color for both the band and for the grill; allowing it to be unobtrusive (meaning all black) or to stand out (an orange grill will do that, stat). And since it’s water resistant, there’s scant times when you’ll need to remove it — unless you want to.