Hands-free Camera: Take photos with your smile

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With Smiley, taking beautiful photos of your family, friends, and yourself now involves nothing more than just smiling. By looking at the camera and smiling, single selfies, group selfies, and portraits can now be taken by automatically by your device. It supports dozens of faces per picture, most low light conditions, and even a smile 40 ft away.




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Nicholas GranaMaker@nicholasgranaa · WWDC Scholar & iOS Developer
Hello! I am an 18 year old app developer, and I would like to share what I have been working on for a few weeks. This is the first release of Smiley, and I am excited to get feedback for how to improve it! I have taken hundreds of photos throughout its development, and I am happy to finally share it to help others take photos of friends and family effortlessly. The idea came simply when trying to take a selfie with a few people in front of a sunset. When finally perfecting the angle and getting everyone's face in view, my finger reached helplessly for the button to take the photo, but it was too far. Getting my hand to grip the phone correctly was difficult enough, yet I also had to continuously scan the screen to coordinate when everyone was finally smiling to take the photo. Countless photos have been ruined by an unhappy face, and even missed by an untimley coordination of smiles. I soon realized, with machine learning, there must be a way to teach the device how to be an expert photographer and detect the perfect time to take photos. I have used it ever since. It is effortless and very accurate when I have used it. In fact, often times I completely set my phone down to take a landscape photo with the back camera. Normally, I would set an automatic timer, which is even more difficult to coordinate smiles. With Smiley, I have been able to take many more photos, without the headache of getting everyone to smile at the right time. I hope others can find this as useful as me! Please mention any feature requests for your particular situations, or any other ideas that can make it even better!
AbadesiHiring@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@nicholasgranaa This is a feature on some Samsung phones, too. I remember a friend showing me how we could smile at the front facing camera to activate the shutter. So fun!
Nicholas GranaMaker@nicholasgranaa · WWDC Scholar & iOS Developer
@abadesi Yep, I recently found that out too after I made it. I'm glad I am able to add this feature to iOS though! I would like to try Samsung's version myself to see the differences and its accuracy, however I have no Samsung phone yet to see.
Ani Hakobyan@ani_hakobyan · Believe You CAN and You're Halfway There
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Roland Hovsepyan@roland_hovsepyan · videomaker
Great Idea Go realised that..
Nicholas GranaMaker@nicholasgranaa · WWDC Scholar & iOS Developer
Justin Johnson@justinotherjohnson · I've got a few things going on...
Really great idea - nice work. Does it also have a setting for duck lips and staring off blissfully into be distance?
Nicholas GranaMaker@nicholasgranaa · WWDC Scholar & iOS Developer
@justinotherjohnson Currently, the app has 3 settings that let you select how sensitive it is to detecting a smile (small smile, normal smile, big smile). I can extend this to support difference poses as well, like duck faces. For starring away without any facial expression, it may be difficult as there is no clear indication to take the photo. But I will try to think of a way to get automatic photos to be taken for those situations.
Natalia Skrzypczak@natquens · Marketing specialist
really works, in my opinion better than Samsung option. Nice job!
Nicholas GranaMaker@nicholasgranaa · WWDC Scholar & iOS Developer
@natquens Thanks, glad you like it :)