Glance Back is a daily photo diary, capturing the moments shared between you and your computer.
With this chrome extension, once a day at random when you open a new tab, Glance Back will quickly snap a
photo of you and inquire: “What are you thinking about?”. Once you type your answer and press enter, the photo and
be collectively saved to your history of glances, cumulatively creating an archive of moments you share with your
screen. Given that most of the digital photos we generate of ourselves today are highly curated (i.e.
wait let me fix my hair and smile and please take at least 10
photos just to make sure there’s a good one), Glance Back also acts as an antidote to this attitude by
providing you with unexpected and maybe ugly photos of yourself.
It’s important to note that all of the photos are saved to your browser’s local storage. This means that
they never leave your machine. This is a collection shared purely between you and your computer. If you want the
photos for yourself,
you can choose to download them under the settings tab in the top right. You can also delete photos from the
archive and choose whether the extension requires you to write a caption or not.
When using our devices, we’re pulled into and solely focused on the glowing world that exists on the
screen. We lose both an awareness of self and of the real world context surrounding us. Glance Back is ready to
disrupt that trance
and remind you that you are here and your computer is there and you are just starring at it getting lost in its