The Mobile World Congress 2015 has animated Barcelona with plenty of new products and innovative ideas presented to a huge public!
Which are the most relevant – and funny – ones, in the field of mobile photography?
Let’s start from big companies innovations.
Samsung took the occasion to introduce its new flagship phone, Galaxy S6 Edge.
The phone has a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, but another feature sounds relevant for mobile photographers: world’s fastest recharging battery! So you don’t miss any scoop 😉
The new HTC One M9 , presented during the company keynote at MWC, features a 20-megapixel camera, and an advanced inbuilt photo editor, including the masking of two images with shape manipulation and textures.
And a really curious – maybe funny, let’s say – is a new idea emerged quite successfully at the Congress!
A U.S. company called Flir Systems demonstrated an update to its Flir One product, a phone attachment capable of detecting heat signatures and heat patterns.
A previous version of the Flir One thermal imager was for the iPhone only and required a large iPhone case. This new version, presented already at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, works with iOS and Android devices.
The Flir thermal imaging device doesn’t use the built-in smartphone camera; it has its own optics for thermal scanning, and the Flir One app displays the results of the scans on the phone’s screen in real time. The image shows people and objects with colors representing relative temperature, rather than reflected light. Warmer areas are red or yellow, while cooler surfaces show up as blue or black.
The Flir One works like a camera. By pressing a button, you capture a picture or video of the image you see on the screen. You can have the Flir One point toward the front or the back… which makes it possible, for example, to take… “thermal selfies”, just in case you really have to 😉
Of course, the product is already viral on YouTube.