Beyond those narcissistic images of yourself, there's a new, more meaningful application
The lure of the selfie shows no sign of satiation. Our obsession with capturing images of ourselves, against significant backgrounds or in the company of celebrities, is seeing over 17 million selfies uploaded every week on social media sites. This is made easier every day by phone makers pandering to our craze with selfie-optimised handsets where the tail often wags the dog -- pixel-wise. The front or selfie camera is as good or better than the main or rear camera. ( see review: Oppo F1S). A phone like Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge Plus throws in a host of special filter to make your selfies look better than your mirror led you to believe. Remember, when getting into your own photo, involved setting the self timer on the camera (fitted on a tripod), then racing to join the group, before the shutter clicked. If you didn't have a timer on your cheap use-and-throw camera, you thought nothing of handing over your camera to a fellow tourist to click that keep-sake image. Few minded, if asked -- and you got that precious image with you and your companion, with the the TajMahal or Gateway of India or Howrah Bridge in the background. All this is so passe. Now, you whip out your phone, hold it at arm's length (or latched on to a selfie stick), click on the front camera -- and do-it-yourself: The result: millions of skewed, distorted images of people grinning like mad, which transit within seconds from phone to Facebook or are distributed via Whatsapp. The selfie summit seems to have been the moment during the 2014 Academy Awards when over 2 million re-tweeted the photo of the group of stars captured by Oscar Night host Ellen Degeneres. If only Bradley ( Cooper)'s arm was longer!", Ellen lamented when she could get only 12 actors in the picture. She should have done what any selfie-addict would have done -- used a selfie stick. Sick with selfie! Selfie mania has given rise to a new class of ailment: 'Selfie elbow', similar to "tennis elbow," a condition in which you experience inflammation in the tendons that run along your arm from your hand to your elbow. This occurs because inveterate selfie takers, extend their arm to full stretch, while trying to keep a firm grip on their phone. Don't rush to the doctor: Selfie elbow can be cured with a bit of ice on the affected part, followed by a brisk massage. In fact, there could be more to selfies than social media vanities! They can be an effective tool for identification -- doing away with passwords, or finger print scans, to protect your phone. It can even be alternative to verifying a credit card holder's online identity. And since the selfie is captured live, there's less chance for fraud. French mobile security firm Morpho, used this year's Mobile World Conference in Barcelona to unveil selfie-based facial recognition technology, which uses the built-in camera of a phone or tablet, to enable secure account access. And since Samsung has come on board as one of the earliest to deploy Morpho technology, we can expect to be offered the option quite soon on their devices.
Now, order a 3-D selfie!
Pune-based 3-D scanning and printing company, TwinMe has launched an innovative extension to selfies, to create scaled-down solid figurines of yourself, members of families or even your pets. Your TwinMe is created using digital scanners, proprietary software and 3D printers aided by their team of visualizers, sculptors and engineers. The 3D Scanning takes less than 15 minutes of your time. 3D image processing takes upto 2 days. 3D printing and finalization takesa day more. Once your TwinMe figurine is ready it is shipped and delivered at your doorsteps within 7-15 working days. Says TwinMe CEO Tushar Ganage: “These striking figurines raise the future of selfies and photography to a different pedestal. They capture everything to the last detail – from facial expressions to folds in clothes, these are incredible realistic. These models will not only make for lovely keepsakes but also a great gift for your loved ones.”
"This is photography 3.0" , adds Jitesh Ganage, CTO of TwinMe: “This is taking take the Selfie game to next level,”
TwinMe is based in Bhosale Nagar, Range Hills, Pune and you need to visit their studio to have your physical details recorded by prior appointment on phone (91- 7620763039) . But the company has already conducted camps in camps in Gurgaon and other places to cater to local customers. It will shortly open permanent centres in Mumbai -- and London -- before expanding to other cities in India.