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Taking a Second Glimpse at Glmps

Earlier this week, AllThingsD brought you the inside story on Glmps, a new iPhone app that captures not just photos, but also the five seconds of video that led up to the photo.

The product, which is being officially launched at this week’s BlogHer conference in San Diego, has gotten lots of media attention over the past two days, as people try to wrap their heads around the technology.

On Friday, I joined the WSJ.com crew over at Digits to talk about the product and some of its pros and cons. Again, the scenes themselves are easy to take and share and the app is free. The two big downsides are that the app is a huge battery hog, owing to the fact that it is constantly recording video when its camera portion is open. Also, there is no private option. So, in order to save a glimpse, you have to be willing to share it with the world — something I suspect many people may not want to do. The Glmps trio said that a private option is something they are considering and hope to make available at some point soon. Here’s the video:

I was hoping for this follow-up story to post some of the scenes that I had captured in the days leading up to my story. Unfortunately, most of them are currently offline. Just before launch, Glmps was told by its hosting provider that it really needed to move to a more robust server set-up. It has done so, but in the move lots of the photos taken during the closed beta became temporarily unavailable.

So, you will have to wait to see the one of me juggling. In the meantime, here are a few interesting glimpses taken by others (Adobe Flash required):


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