Selfies have proven that they’re more than just a fad. In fact, they’re becoming big business as companies create new phones and gadgets designed to help us take the perfect vanity shot.
That means our obsession with selfies is pushing technology forward in new directions. Just look at Nixie (pictured above), for example. It’s a tiny quad-copter drone with a built in camera that can be worn on your wrist so it’s always ready to fly off and take great selfies.
This insane gadget is still under development, but a working prototype was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the start of the year. It showed that Nixie was capable of flying off, taking a picture of its owner and coming back all without anyone controlling it.
If having a small flying selfie camera on your wrist sounds like it’s taking things too far, you’ll be pleased to know that the more traditional selfie-shooting methods are being made better.
The HTC Desire EYE is a smartphone created specifically for those of us who love selfies. Its 13MP front camera has a dual LED flash, so selfies have the same level of quality you’d normally get from a decent phone’s rear camera.
And some phones, like the new Samsung Galaxy A5, have rear cameras that automatically detect your face so you can take the best quality shots possible even with your phone’s screen facing away from you.
The only problem with just using your phone’s camera for selfies is that you have to stretch out your arm really awkwardly.
Of course, there is a middle ground between a selfie drone and a hyper-extended arm – the selfie stick. These simple telescopic polls make getting great angles for your photos comfortable. All you do is clip your phone onto the end, extend the poll and push a Bluetooth button that activates your phone’s shutter.
With so many phones and gadgets being developed to help us get a better look at ourselves, it’s hard to say where this sort of technology will go in the future. Let’s just hope this ‘belfie’ (that’s butt selfie) stick doesn’t take off.