Let’s face it, to take a really decent selfie you need an unfeasibly long arm as well as a rock steady hand. Without both of these, you more often than not end up with an unflattering, distorted image that looks like it was taken during an earthquake.
The recently released HISY (pronounced high-see) remote shutter seeks to help you snap a first-rate selfie, as it lets you hold your phone comfortably in one hand while you take the shot with the Bluetooth shutter in the other.
The diminutive device, shown below, means no more fumbling about trying to hit your phone’s shutter while holding your mobile at arm’s length, high-risk behavior that can sometimes end with you watching in horror as your smartphone slips from your grip and heads for the ground.
HISY, which is compatible with iDevices, should be useful for group pictures too, especially if there are no strangers around to take the photo for you. And with a range of up to 90 feet (27 meters) – depending on the environment – there should certainly be no issues with getting everyone, including yourself, in the frame.
Action shots are a possibility as well, so, for example, you could set your phone up in a precarious location (close to a racetrack, for example) and then fire the shutter from a safe distance when the competitors hurtle by.
The remote shutter, which works with the latest iPhone’s continuous burst mode and can also be used to stop and start video camera recordings, will set you back $25.
With the selfie growing in prominence in the last year or so, it’s little surprise that accessory companies are looking to make the most of the situation with the launch of selfie-centered gadgets and gizmos.
While HISY is only compatible with iDevices, Android users can use a similar gadget called Shuttr, priced at $40. You might also have heard of the recently launched #TheSelfie remote shutter ($20), as well as the quikpod ($20), which lets you stick your mobile on the end of a monopod, though this uses a self-timer to snap a photo and has no remote functionality.