Mobile Technology

Like looking good? Like selfies? Shuttr’s on the case.

22nd July 2013

The problem

Like looking good? Like selfies? Shuttr’s on the case. We’ve all heard the ‘I looked better in real life’ excuse, and we’ve probably used it ourselves. But the fact is true, selfies never make you look all that decent. Hold it above your head, try not to get too much of the background in, although not too close. Or you can use the mirror, getting more of your bedroom in though and that’s to what people want to see. How about trying to get a group photo? How come someone always seems to have half their face missing? You can use a self timer — tons of apps out there for that — but it’s hard for it to look natural when you have to wait for thirty seconds before.

The inspiration: Shuttr

Hong Kong-based Muku Labs may have the answer to our prayers with Shuttr. A tiny Bluetooth remote shutter release for iOS and Android devices to give smartphone photographers more control. A simple and small remote control that allows users to stand away from their phone and take a picture easily. It’s small enough that you can hide it in your hand or, because it needs no line of site, you could hide it in your pocket. It’s not that expensive either, princes for just $29.
Shuttr was created by Hong Kong engineer Kevin Leung. When Leung was a small child, his family couldn’t afford a camera and as a result he has no family photos taken before he was a toddler. Leung’s mother died when he was a teenager, which makes him even more determined to capture as many snapshots of his wife and young daughter as possible.

The Solution

Frustrated that he couldn’t find a smartphone remote shutter release that he liked, with his friends agreeing, he quit his job to develop Shuttr. Shuttr differentiates itself from competing products by manufacturers such as Belkin and Satechi in several ways. It’s smaller, less expensive and usually doesn’t need an app to pair with smartphones (though a Shuttr app is available for older versions of iOS or certain Android devices such as the new HTC One).

“We know that there are already lots of them in the market,” says Leung. “But we know that we can beat them by quality.”

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