Sony Xperia XZ the future of the selfie
Over the past few years Selfies have become one of the most popular forms of photography with over 90 million taken every day.
But new research has revealed how the selfie could soon be used for a lot more than just posting pictures on social media.
Smartphone cameras could be poised to transform a number of industries according to a new report from Sony Mobile.
The report and accompanying research, released in conjunction with Futurizon found that consumers are open to the ‘vast number of potential applications’ for camera photography.
Dr Ian Pearson explored a number of sectors likely to incorporate smartphone photography and selfies as a technological function in the future.
The potential applications were wide-ranging, from theme parks building ‘selfie-coasters’ that let adrenaline-junkies capture their experience on the latest rides, to shoppers using it as a ‘virtual personal assistant’ to try on multiple outfits at the touch of a button.
“The project has given us a real sense of how selfies have evolved, and why they could be set to transform so many different sectors”, said Michio Maruhashi, Marketing Strategy at Sony Mobile.
Here's some of the ways identified as areas consumers could use selfies in the future
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Selfies will soon be able to tell if you're a perfect match with your partner
Taking a selfie with your date to find out what they really think.
You can identify if someone finds you attractive by analysing factors such as their pupil dilation or body language when they were looking at you.
Taking a selfie on a date could give an indication of how it is going.
A selfie could help to check medical conditions
Over a quarter of people would prefer to see their GP via a selfie or video call, in the first instance
Doctors could provide initial diagnosis via selfie; offering significant potential to improve health while reducing health care costs, aiding early diagnosis and encouraging people to take more proactive involvement in their own well-being.
High resolution selfies of the skin can help doctors remotely diagnose rashes, warts, or even skin cancers.
Light emissions and reflections from skin give clues about blood flow, so a computer can directly check pulse rate and estimate blood pressure.
They can also indicate body temperature – to help diagnose a fever, heat changes – to check blood circulation, skin moisture – that indicates stress levels.
Selfies could allow users to check their accounts online
Selfies already play a role in identification and will become increasingly important in financial transactions.
They can be used as biometric identifiers and if taken by a user’s own phone, the phone itself automatically provides other security tokens that can be used to prove the selfie originated directly from the owner at that time, rather than a fraud using an older one copied from a website.
Companies such as Square have already started using face recognition to automatically execute payments in coffee shops and we should expect selfies to grow in popularity similarly.
Thrill-seekers could soon be able to try a ‘selfiecoaster’
Around half of thrill-seekers would like to try a ‘selfiecoaster’ – a rollercoaster that puts you in control of capturing your experience on the ride
In the future, rollercoasters may have built-in phone carriers offering a secure holder that is cushioned from vibration and in a good location to take selfies from.
Selfies that work with AI (Artificial Intelligence) to capture body monitoring e.g. testing heart rates and even suggesting how to improve on technique and how accurately a move is being performed
An AI engine today could analyse body movements to not only check calorie burn and heart rate, but also advise on how accurately a move is being performed and show what needs to be changed. Selfies won’t be used just to show off, but to tell us how to do better next time.
Selfies could be used to take a 3D body image for made-to-measure clothes
Rapid manufacturing, customisation and delivery are already accelerating but selfies will provide a big boost to it.
A selfie taken in underwear in a changing room from different angles as we twirl allows automatic body sizing, so the user can get clothes made to precisely their shape and size, even if they are trying on outfits off the peg.
A selfie can show how a user might look in assorted outfits, so they might try on one colour, and the image-processed selfie would show them in the same outfit in other colours, or a totally different outfit.
Selfies could be used as part of entry procedures to tourist attractions or cinemas instead of using tickets or fingerprints.
After entry, selfies could then be used to authorise any other payments, while uploading selfies from the park to social media could even be used as a means of getting discounts or queue priority.
How we achieve personal safety and security is an important factor in our everyday lifestyle and self-expression. Many people are investing in internet-of-things devices such as smart locks.
Entry to the home, car or office can now be enabled via selfies. An entrance camera can do the job, but having a phone with its own security credentials take a selfie at a particular angle with a particular facial expression or gesture adds a high degree of extra verification of identity.