A Much Easier Way To Take A Selfie

I have been looking for a gadget like Podo for quite a few years. I just can’t seem to take a decent selfie. Now, Podo can take the selfie for me.

All I have to do, is stick the Podo on a wall or any surface, open the companion app on my cell phone, and make sure that it connects to the camera (Podo) over Bluetooth.

It’s really simple after that. I set the timer to get myself ready to pose, and then a series of LEDs around the lens let’s me know that my picture is being taken.  The photo then appears on my smartphone. 

Podo is also capable of taking videos, but it has  very limited capacity.  Podo has a two-hour battery life and 4GB of storage. That’s good enough for me. 

Price is around $50 on Amazon.

Photos Worth Noting 

My friend Rene Alberto Rodriguez Bellucci spotted this Drone while walking his dog, SoBe, the other day in Miami Beach. He quickly snapped photos. Get used to this sight. You are going to see a lot more of them.

I can’t believe I took this selfie.

The sign of the times. My Tauck tour leader had his GoPro taping most of the trip. We may be the stars of a new reality TV show.

It’s All About Me

Ellen and her famous friends at the Oscars

A Nebraska teenager took a Selfie with Warren Buffet and Paul McCartney

I wonder what prompted this?

Queen Elizabeth unknowingly photo-bombed this one

All photos from Instagram

This certainly has been the year for narcissistic tenancies. I have never seen so many folks so self-absorbed (including me). I guess the Internet has really provided a platform for people to focus on themselves. Between Instagram and Facebook, millions of Americans spend countless hours posting photos that show their daily activities.

It’s no surprise that the Selfie has become so popular among all age groups. I get giddy when I see seniors taking photos of themselves in restaurants and outside landmarks. I love the fact that those over 50 are very much a part of the digital revolution.

As the year closes, many internet sites are posting Selfie stories and are showing some of the best-known shots for 2014. Above are just a few.

I wonder if there will be a proliferation of gadgets and services that pop up at CES in Las Vegas in two weeks that center on Selfies.
It all depends if companies believe Selfies are here to stay. I will report back to you as I visit CES in my 48th year. I may not be the oldest person at CES but I think I’m the only one who has attended every CES Show.

Perfecting Your Selfie

I have never been able to take a decent Selfie. A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, usually taken with a camera phone. You don’t see many selfies from me on DigiDame, Facebook, and Instagram. I am somewhat envious of family and friends who document everything with a selfie. I would love to do that but my arms are too short.

I found that out the hard way. The more I tried to stretch out my arm to take a selfie, the harder it was for me to reach the shutter button. With a new phone device called selfy™, I can now slide the remote shutter out of the case and hold it one hand while my other hand holds the phone. That’s cool.

ILuv, the accessories company that makes the selfy explains, “The remote shutter wirelessly pairs to your phone via Bluetooth® and slides out from the back of the case. Using the remote, you can take pictures and videos without being limited to how you hold your phone.”

Retailing at $49.95, the selfy can be found at Amazon, Best Buy, others.

If you want a better understanding of what you can do with the new selfy, watch the video above.


Become a Senior Selfie


20131107-224358.jpg<br Our Selfie Picture (Lois, Eliot and Whitney) at Joe Allen’s restaurant last night before going to see Broadway Show, Before Midnight. Don’t miss it.

The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of a “selfie”:
Syllabification: (sel·fie)
Pronunciation: /ˈselfē/
(also selfy)
noun (plural selfies) informal
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.

Social media is all about taking pictures of yourself with your smartphone and posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. The photo is called a selfie. Selfies are becoming increasingly popular because they provide all of us with “fifteen minutes of fame.”

We all like to be stroked, even if we have to promote ourselves to get it. Apparently, it is perfectly acceptable because millions of people are doing it everyday.

I found the perfect gadget for people who love selfies. Audiovox just released ShutterBall, a remote control that allows you to back away up to sixty feet to take a shot of yourself, a group of people, or record videos.

Priced at just $25, the ShutterBall remote is simple to use. Twist the ShutterBall to activate the battery and download the ShutterBall app to an Apple or Android phone or tablet. A mini folding stand comes with the ShutterBall for staging purposes.

I just ordered one from Amazon. I was never good at taking a selfie. This should do the trick. If not, then I’m stuck with the kindness of strangers.

Tech-Inspired Words


Miley Cyrus Twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards

Many baby boomers are very proud of their vocabulary skills. However, in this day and age a lot of new words are being born on the Internet. Here are some words the Oxford English Dictionary added recently.

Twerking: Dancing in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and squatting.

Click and Collect: When you buy something on the Internet and then pick it up in person so you don’t have to wait for delivery.

Derp: A stupid action.

Digital Detox: A period of time when a person refrains from using electronics products.

Selfie: A picture you take of yourself, usually with a smartphone.