Sony wants your phone to shoot continuous selfies

Imagine a world where your smartphone is continuously snapping selfies. Sony has. The manufacturer has filed a patent application for technology that will allow your smartphone to snap selfies throughout the entire day. The photos are then sent to a server using a secure pipeline. What makes this interesting is the special software that places the selfies into different categories based on the emotions displayed in the picture.

Users will be able to call up happy selfies or sad selfies. Images with little emotion, or pictures where the software is unable to determine the proper emotion, are tossed . A timeline based on emotional responses to events can be created.

When Sony says that the selfies are snapped continuously, they weren't kidding. The program continues to shoot away, even when you're sleeping. That can actually help you discover the reason why you are not awakening every morning feeling refreshed and alert.


The patent was filed globally with WIPO and was originally submitted on Christmas Eve 2013, just as the selfie craze was beginning to take off. This could end up as one of those ideas that sounds good and even looks good on paper, but could be derailed by issues pertaining to privacy rights and other legal questions.

source: Patentscope via VentureBeat, MobileSyrup

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19 Comments

1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Talk about something that no one asked for and no one wants...

2. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

But, what if you have a really bad week, where nothing goes your way. You're looking for something to cheer you up, anything really. Then, suddenly you remember! Your Xperia smartphone has been snapping photos of your face for months now, even before you had this bad week. So, you look back at a happier time, when your face wasn't all sad and depressing? "Huh, that's what I looked like when I was happy... Alright! Thanks Sony!"

8. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Yes I forgot that to be revolutionary it has to be from Apple or Samsung

14. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

And we won't be surprised when a similar app surfaces from apple and samsung and they'll all hail either of the two.

16. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well interesting for an app but not good for every one but overall good for some people.

9. waddup121 unregistered

mad shuttering!

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Some parts of this concept could be cool. However, we have battery and security concerns aswell.

5. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

when they brainstorm something cool, they will patent it. They might never use it :D

6. SadaKapunza

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

With those auto selfies, the phone should be built with a 500GB internal storage to accommodate those constant photos...

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

The photos are sent to file server so no worry about that, the only thing to worry about is battery, perfomance and data usage

10. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sony are really wasting resources in things that won't bring them any success. What about redirecting part of these developers into trying to build better algorithms for their camera quality? Or faster updates? They're wasting their time trying to build an app ecosystem for which no one will care about. I think they are not in touch with what the average customer wants.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You think the average customer wants faster updates when there are only 10% lollipop users in the world. Your priorities are wrong.

11. yamin8000 unregistered

This is impossible right now with current devices! If we assume shoting continious selfies is equal to shoting one picture per second, this mean 86400 picture per day and if we again assume that each picture is about 500 kb at last we should pay for 40 gigabyte of internet for each day! What a mess!

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

No one said anything about a photo every second and the average front facing cam is less than 2mp. Using less 1Mb a day is very achievable especially when you simply set to sync only on wifi.

20. yamin8000 unregistered

"your smartphone is continuously snapping selfies" ... "to snap selfies throughout the entire day." I don't think so that means using less than 1 mega bit a day!

15. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

17. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

This feels horribly creepy

18. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

They should be trying to get people out of this ridiculous selfie phase.

19. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

what if it's in your pocket?

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