The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste plays a key role in training physicists from developing countries. Some readers will remember Enrique Canessa and Marco Zennaro's terrific presentation in London in May 2011 about ICTP's elegant low-tech automated lecture capture system, which allows archiving and sharing traditional lectures and talks carried out using, for example, very large chalkboards found in classrooms and/or using more modern presentations systems. ICTP has just released EyApp which is an iPhone app that applies the same principals. From the media release:
EyApp enables your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to make a video composed of a series of captured images along with simultaneous audio recording. With just the press of a button, the App automatically captures images at intervals ranging from 5 to 20 seconds (or manually by the user) and then synchronizes the images with a continuous audio signal.
The resulting recording is a smaller size compared with traditional video (HD or standard resolution) because the still frames can be processed by the highly-efficient compression algorithms used by the H264 movie format found in modern mobile i devices.
The film is then ready to be shared immediately or, when saved on a device's photo/movie gallery, can be further edited with other Apps, shared by email and rich-media messaging systems or via social networking Apps, or transferred to a computer. EyApp makes it easy to create personal recording archives as well as to share them via YouTube.
An Android version is follow, and EyApp is available now for download from the iPhone App Store. My feeling is that combined with a Swivl to hold the recording device, EyApp would have specially good potential for low-cost systematic capture of workshops and speaker sessions.