Thursday, February 27, 2014

Selfie app wins "most innovative app"

Oxford named it the word of the year. Beyoncé does them. So does Hillary Clinton. They've been done in the both the most perilous and mundane situations. Yes, we're talking about everyone's favorite, long-armed pastime: the selfie. 2013 was a great year for the narcissistic shots, and judging by the Global Mobile Awards' "most innovative app," we can prepare for a 2014 full of Instagram self-portraits, now made easier.

The Mobile World Congress awarded CamMe, powered by PointGrab, the prestigious award on Tuesday. CamMe uses gesture controls to take pictures from up to 16 feet away, so done are the days of pretend-yawn stretches to send Snap Chats to your friends. Users signal the camera to start a three second delay by raising a hand, still giving you the perfect amount of time to assume prime photo position, with no errant, extended arms in sight. The app also allows for picture stitching and photo borders.

Does this mean that the fine folks at MWC's priorities are really aligned with a largely millennial celebration of the self? I bet not. PointGrab seems to be the idea that piqued the MWC's interest is the gesture-based technology. They explain the app on the awards page:

"CamMe is a gesture based camera app that changes the way people take pictures, allowing you to take pictures from distance without touching the device. Just raise your hand, close it to activate the camera, CamMe will count 3, 2, 1 and you can pose and smile, a great new selfie will be taken. CamMe is powered by PointGrab, a leader in gesture recognition software solutions offering a natural way of interacting with devices. Over 20 million CE devices are already enabled with hand gesture control powered by PointGrab on world’s top brands including Samsung, TCL, Skyworth, Lenovo, Acer, Fujitsu."

PointGrab has also produced gesture-controlled technology in televisions, tablets and computers. The app is currently free across mobile platforms.

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