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A Better Gym Selfie

I have so many conflicting feelings about gym selfies. I usually just sort of frown at them, shake my head, and move on. They’re the kind of thing that other people do, and while I totally respect their right to do it, I just don’t understand why. This came to a head this morning when, after I came home from the gym, I looked on Twitter and saw a gym selfie a woman had tweeted. She was draped casually over the bar of a Smith machine, and the caption was “It’s a lifestyle, really.”

Like, unironically. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Woman Invents Motion-Sensing Mobile So Babies Can Post Selfies From Their Cribs

For those of you whose Facebook news feeds have become bombarded with photos of your friends’ babies, this is not good news for you. A design student in the Netherlands has just come up with perhaps the most invasive technology ever, sure to make baby’s first words be “I hate you, mama.”

New Born Fame, designed by Laura Cornet, is a motion-sensing mobile made for a baby’s crib that snaps photos of the child every time he or she moves, and posts them to social media once the baby reaches for them. The mobile consists of several stuffed, plush toys, some of which are social media icons like the famous Twitter bird and the Facebook “F.” There’s even a pair of soft baby sneakers that have an internal pedometer to track the baby’s kicks. You know… in case you’re concerned he won’t have what it takes to make the Olympic soccer team. Keep reading »

About Art And Art Selfies

I keep having to revise my position on art selfies. I don’t know. I still hate the fact that most museum patrons seem to be there to say that they were there, to have the pictures to prove it; that they’re not seeing the art, they’re seeing themselves with the art. At the same time, I don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole that says “Selfies are bad! You’re so vain! How can you be so self-absorbed! Gosh!” Passing that kind of judgment is even more annoying than being a museum patron who makes the gallery attendant’s day as aggravating as possible by touching the god damned frames while you take a selfie when you know full well you’re not supposed to. Keep reading »

Coming Soon: Wearable Selfie Drones

Selfie Drone

How’d you like to have your very own wearable selfie-drone-turned-bracelet to serve as your personal photography assistant? It sounds pretty insane, but a Stanford physics researcher is trying to make it a reality. The Nixie wraps around your wrist, presumably like those kick-ass snap bracelets of our high school days, until you’re ready to take a picture. Then it flies out in front of you to get that perfect self-portrait, minus the selfie-like aesthetics of holding up a camera yourself. The drone is clever enough to set up a centered shot and fly right back to you after the photo is taken. Researcher Chrisoph Kohstall put the drone together with the help of collaborators Jelena Jovanovicand Michael Niedermayr. The project is still a long way from production, but it’s a finalist in Intel’s Make It Wearable contest, which means its design team will receive a lot of backing to make it happen. This idea is pretty brilliant, and it’s not like I definitely wouldn’t buy one, but it’s a little much for me to wrap my head around. Would you toss your camera timers and tripods for a selfie drone? [Tech Crunch] [Image via Intel]

Do Not Want: The Selfie Brush

In case a bad hair day threatens to ruin your photos, the Selfie Brush does double duty as a hair tamer and phone case. That way, you don’t have to bother to put your brush down and then pick up your phone before taking a selfie, which will save you approximately three whole seconds. It also allows you to answer your phone mid-styling by simply flipping the brush around to chat, or answering the call via voice command and using speaker phone. Is the world seriously at a point where we need to worry about consolidating our various forms of vanity? As the product’s website reminds us, the brush is “easy to find in a pocket book” (yes, a pocket book) and the “perfect social media tool.” It also provides nifty instructions on how to take the perfect selfie which includes showing off your “luscious locks” and “a soft and playful smile,” as well as incorporating the right filter, lighting, and “slimming angles.” Hey, at least they remind us to “ditch the duck face”! If it suits you, you can buy the selfie brush here, but I think I’ll be sticking with regular phone cases. Since I kind of feel like a bully now, I will say this much: that brush handle makes it much easier to raise your phone high above your head for prime photographing angles without dropping it on your face. [Yahoo] [Image via SelfieBrush.com]

Is Chillin’ On Top Of A Skyscraper Brave Or Insane?

In this video, a brave dude named Daniel Lau and his friends are just casually chilling with some bananas and a selfie stick atop the 1,135-foot Center Skyscraper in Hong Kong. I had no idea this “dangerous selfie” hobby was a thing, and I have so many questions. Did they scale the building to get up there? Do they get nauseous looking so far down? Are they allowed to be up there? What if they drop a banana peel and it falls on somebody’s head way down on the streets below? Someone please enlighten me. [BuzzFeed, Slate]

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