Screenshots from the CamMe app. Screenshots from the CamMe app. Screenshots from the CamMe app. (Photo: CamMe)

Hands-free app will forever change the way you take selfies

The new app, CamMe, uses high-tech hand gestures to free photographers from all those awkward angles.

PointGrab, the Israeli company behind some of the world’s most advanced gesture-controlled technologies, now has a smartphone app that should go a long way toward revolutionizing the awkward, stretchy-armed self-portrait.

Users of the instantly popular mobile app can now take photos from up to 16 feet away without even touching their phones.

How CamMe works

Using hand-gesture technology, CamMe works by placing the phone on a level surface, pointing it in the right direction, and stepping back into the frame. Self-portraitists then raise one hand, listen for the satisfying confirmation tone, and make a fist to begin a three-second timer. And snap — it’s a selfie.

PointGrab, based in suburban Tel Aviv, had already scored the 2013 European Technology Innovation Award for its advances in gesture-tech recognition. In February, it landed another trophy: Most Innovative Mobile App at the 2014 Global Mobile Awards.

As the Times of Israel reported in March 2013, “Israel, as it turns out, is a world leader in gesture technology. Israel’s PrimeSense developed the 3D gesture technology that powers the Microsoft Kinect system, and another Israeli 2D gesture company, EyeSight, is a veteran in the market. Meanwhile, PointGrab, whose technology manufacturers have generally been placing directly into chipsets, holds about 90 percent of the 2D gesture market.”

Assaf Gad, PointGrab’s CMO, is confident CamMe will keep making history. “It’s our goal to make gesture control available across all platforms, laptops, TVs and mobile,” he says in a statement on the company’s site. “CamMe is just an example of the easy and practical way gesture technology is becoming a part of every consumer electronics user’s life.”

Besides taking the arm-strain out of selfie creation, CamMe has a few other features up its sleeve. There’s the nostalgic PhotoBooth (not to be confused with Mac’s Photo Booth), for making a set of sequential photos. FunShot lets users decorate their images with silly cutouts and locations. All of these features integrate the same hand-gesture technology that makes taking selfies with CamMe so intuitive.

The masses are following suit. “CamMe’s more than 1 million downloads have proven that people are readily adopting gesture as a natural way to interact with their mobile devices,” says Haim Perski, PointGrab’s CEO.

The app promises a world of waving arms and creative photography.

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