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New Camera Is a Pocket-Sized Photo Booth

podo1Every two minutes, we snap as many photos as humanity did as a whole back in the 19th century. While that may seem like a lot — and it is — we’re about to start taking a ton more, if Podo Lab’s new camera takes off.

According to its Kickstarter campaign, which only just launched, Podo is “a wireless, re-stickable camera that turns any surface into a photo booth. Just stick, shoot, and share,” which means no more having to crane necks and stretch arms to fit everyone in the frame, no more having to ask strangers who may or may not run off with your camera, and no more selfie-sticks.

Users just stick the Podo on any surface — glass, cement, wood, whatever — open a dedicated app that connects the smartphone to the camera via Bluetooth, and frame the shot. After users set a timer to give themselves a moment to get composed, LEDs around the lens let them know the camera is shooting. The picture is then sent straight to users’ phones.

Technically speaking, the Podo has four gigs’ worth of memory, can take eight megapixel photos — the same as the iPhone 6 — and capture video in 720p. It can shoot single shots for the more traditional photographer, double exposure shots for the artsy, and burst mode for those looking to capture action shots. Its video mode records 15-second-clips, making it perfect for Instagram, and captures audio via the connected smartphone’s microphone.

What makes Podo really interesting, though, is its auto mode, which captures shots based on time intervals. Say, for example, a user has a party and wants to take candid shots throughout the whole shindig. They can set it to take a picture every 10 minutes, and it’ll automatically make the perfect photographic documentation of the festivity. And since Podo sleeps in-between each shot, it can shoot in auto mode for over a whole week.

So far the Kickstarter campaign has over 600 backers, and is more than $15,000 over its intended goal of $50,000, with 48 days still left to go.

If you want one of these neat little cameras, head over to the Kickstarter page and pledge $79 to take advantage of the early bird Podo camera package.



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