In 2012, Time magazine had declared ‘selfie’ as one of the world’s “Top 10 Buzzwords”. However, the temptation to take one’s own picture is not a recent phenomenon. People were taking selfies even before Facebook. In fact in one of the ‘older’ movies, Mr Bean was shown taking a selfie even before it was a concept as we know it today. However, the trend caught up among youngsters in 2011 and has only spread far and wide with time. People all over the world are taking selfies, capturing a unique moments in their lives or just updating a regular day using their smartphones. In some extreme cases, lives have been lost or threatened in pursuit of a ‘perfect selfie’. Selfies have helped people become celebrities and prompted popular trends.
With selfies came opportunities to start innovative businesses and people have been quick to convert their ideas into paying actions. Here is list of business initiatives that cashed in on the obsession.
This product was the first to be launched to ease the process of clicking selfies. Like tripods, monopods, it helped to take pictures from different angles, conveniently. The product sold like hotcakes once it hit the markets.
-Selfie LED light
The next in line was the selfie LED light. As fond as people have become of taking selfies and velfies, one problem faced by all was the lack of light in dark areas as the front cameras of the phones don’t usually come with flash. This was the answer.
If taking an accessory along for perfect lighting was too much of a task, the all-new Lumee cell phone case for iPhone 6 users does it all for you. It’s a 2-in-1 phone case with the option of a flash light to lighten up those night-time selfies.
Here’s another invention dedicated to vanity — the selfie fan. It is a fan that is connected to the phone via a USB portal. Once switched on, it spins and throws a rush of air to help give your picture a “windy”, dramatic look.
If all of the above inventions weren’t absurd already! In 2016, MiZMOOZ introduced selfie shoes. Smart phones can be connected to the tip of the shoes and used to take selfies. All you have to do is work on your split and get ready to throw your legs in the air.
Not to forget the colleges and universities that are offering courses in ‘how to take selfies.’ Also, Kim K earned a few bucks after publishing her book Selfish- Rizzoli.