Silicon Valley, California – Had there been a Nobel Prize for social media entrepreneurship, a Silicon Valley man would have been nominated for his ingenious solution to group ‘selfies.’
It is estimated that 4 out of every 5 smart phone owners take a photo of themselves on an average of three times a week and post the ‘selfies’ on social media. More and more, however, thanks to that infamous selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres at this year’s Oscars, selfie-enthusiasts are resorting to group selfies with their friends and family. The big challenge is that unless one has long arms, it is difficult to capture all the group members that needed to be in the photo.
Enter this entrepreneur who goes by a single name of Chakra. Like the Silicon Valley companies that have grown into multi-billion enterprises, Chakra operates his small business from his garage.
His solution for an all-inclusive group selfie? A retractable, telescopic boom pole similar to the boom poles used by film and broadcast companies to extend the reach for their microphones. Chakra’s invention which has been recently patented uses a thin telescopic pole which, when retracted , is about the size of a pen – thus making it easy to carry around anywhere for those instant selfie moments. At one end of the pole is a custom adjustable clip that can hold a smart phone or tablet. It is bluetooth-enabled so that the selfie taker can click the camera wirelessly from his or her end of the pole.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that smartphone giants Samsung and Apple are competing to be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of this new device.
Stay tuned. In the meantime, go get a ‘selfie.’