The body worn camera seemed to be a “natural” increment in the trajectory of mobile technology, from handheld, to body worn and then to an always on wearable state.
"...My prior knowledge in the construction of open source learning management systems, eportfolio platforms such as ELGG and the plethora of web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis with that of the development of a commercial company for development purpose seemed a logical yet fateful step to take."
In mid 2006 Geoff Lubich and I formed a company with four directors which was registered as EDUPOV Pty Ltd meaning the ‘educational use of point of view wearable camera technologies’ and we set about engaging stakeholders in projects focussed on capture, storage, assessment and sharing of the digital resources created from body worn cameras.
There was it seemed though, a yawning gap in the systems available to match the wearable technology with an online storage and sharing repository that had a playback capacity for online video at the time. We would spend three long years in research and development, running projects that explored the use, the storage, the sharing and the electronic user portfolio development for learners. We investigated the potential of a number of expensive proprietary systems such as Blackboard, Adobe Connect and also open source platforms including Moodle and Mahara, an e-portfolio for learners to manage digital data generated as they moved through an array of courses in their educational institution.
Many of these projects were funded by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (AFLF) as well projects funded by organisations including the Northern Territory Fire, Police & Emergency Services (NTFPES) who had an avid interest in head worn cameras for training, assessment, surveillance and other undisclosed purposes.
In 2006 and in 2007 I participated or co-facilitated the Teach and Learning Online (TALO) Future of Learning in a Networked World unconference as well as the MobilizeThis technology symposiums with Charles Darwin University (Bill Wade, Michael Coghlan, Geoff Lubich) and a number of lead educational organisations such as the New Media Consortium (NMC).
At these events I was extolling the virtues of body worn computers, the concept of ‘educative arrangement’ and exploring the concept of tagging everything I worked on with #mobology as a personal search marker across the Internet. In my mind I was formulating where I was taking all this and it was beginning to dawn on me that I might end up conducting higher education degrees in this space.