Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a company comes with through with a new mobile case that helps to deal with the issue of “selfie arm.” If you’ve never heard of this recently-coined phrase, it’s used to describe the visible arm in self-shots, or selfies, taken with a mobile device, and the Selfy case looks to, ahem, arm you against this unsightly intruder with the assistance of a remote Bluetooth shutter control.
The way Selfy works is simple. The Bluetooth component is attached to the back of the case, and when you wish to take a selfie, you fire up the camera app, detach the remote, position your handset for the perfect shot, and hit the remote detonator.
Of course, you have to put in the menial groundwork of firing up the Settings app and pairing your device with the case in the first place, but once you’ve taken the 30 seconds to do this, you’re all set.
The remote actually controls the volume button (which, when the Camera app is running, doubles up as the action button), so if you don’t happen to be in camera mode, the remote can, in theory, be used to boost volume. This could be somewhat useful if, say, you’re holding a small, music-fuelled gathering, but of course, you’ll actually have to go and manually turn the volume down yourself if things get too crazy.
The remote element of the Selfy case includes its own small battery, and when not in use, the contraption has the presence of mind to switch itself off after five minutes. The good news is, though, that you won’t need to re-pair with your iPhone or Galaxy S5 every time you want to use it; simply hit the remote’s solitary button and you’re good to go.
The slot where the remote is housed is also constructed in such a way that it can clip onto the series of mounts that iLuv, creator of the Selfy case, also has on its roster.
The selfie craze has been in existence for years, but only recently has the term been snapped up by the wider media and popular culture. If you wish to invest in this trend, the Selfy case will set you back $49.99, and while this is quite a high price, it does mean you won’t have your arm blocking what might have otherwise been a great snap.
If you’re interested, you can grab the Selfy from: iluv.com/selfy
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