Mind your selfie with new gadgets

First came the front-facing camera, then the selfie-stick, and now the latest narcissistic gadget has arrived.

The latest tool designed to create the ‘perfect selfie’ comes in the form of a phone case. The Lumee phone case is a front-lit smartphone case that aims to create the perfect selfie-taking light.

The phone case attaches to the front of the smartphone and features front-facing LED lights on the face of the case.

In January of this year, Kim Kardashian wrote a blog post on her own website raving about the product.

‘The secret to a good selfie is definitely lighting. I love my Lumee case. It has front facing lights that light you up anywhere you are, especially in dark places.”

Kardashian revealed that after taking a selfie with Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State said that the phone case was the best one she had ever seen.

Selfie-taking has become such a global phenomenon that they have recently declared that parts of India are now ‘no-selfie zones’. Mumbai has declared 16 ‘no-selfie zones’ following the death of 19 people linked to the photo phenomenon.

There has been 49 recorded selfie-linked deaths since 2014, according to San Francisco-based data service provider Priceonomics.

The problem arises when people stand, phone in hand, taking selfies and become unaware of their surroundings.

According to the Irish Times, Keerti Sachdeva, a psychologist from Mumbai, said that she does not expect the constant pursuit of selfies to end any time soon

“You know people have this sort of feeling in adolescent age, especially that they need to get this acceptance from everyone, that I am a smart person, I am a good-looking person,” Sachdeva said.

The Lumee is the latest tool created for the selfie-lover; whether it will really enhance our chances at getting the ‘perfect selfie’ is the next question to be answered.

Shirley Donlon

Image credit: Madeleine Noble

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