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18-year-old app developer wants to take your Perfect Shot

Perfect Shot won't take the photo until everyone's eyes are open and they are smiling.

App developer John Meyer was a pre-teen when Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone. Like most American teens, he is part of the smartphone generation. But unlike most 18-year-olds, Meyer isn't just using his iPhone for pre-party selfies, he's developing apps, and lots of them.

Since his freshman year of high school, Meyer has made over 40 apps for iOS, Mac and Android that did everything from turn your phone into a flashlight to aquarium-themed educational screensavers. Meyer's latest project is a photography app for group photos.

Perfect Shot uses the facial recognition tool on iOS 7 to wait until everyone in the photo has open eyes and smiles before taking the photo. Simpler than the head-swapping group photos apps available for Android and Windows Phone 8, Perfect Shot tries to capture the best group photo the first time instead of relying on editing tools to swap out unwanted facial expressions afterwards.

Read an interview with Meyer on NYU's news site.


Total comments: 7

creating for ones peers ....... all good


And what if this never happens? People get bored and leave and no photo is taken. Fail, sorry dumb teenager!


Samsung has had both head swapping apps and smile shot for more than a year now. They work well.


Can't see it being any better than what's already available.
What about people with smaller eyes, or those whith more slit like eyes that are in the shadows, and best not have your blind mate in the shot either ;-).
Then there is the time it will take to get the shot. If it's a fairly large group some might get bored waiting.

Good idea but in reality just another gimmick in my opinion.


Nice idea, but you can miss many shots - better to take a few shots (a problem with flash) - and also, better flashes are the big fix for indoor as you will never have a lens bright enough to get good photos on a phone.


You should be able to see that day. It's essentially here.


Great idea. I can see a day when every camera has such capabilities. Nothing worse than the "perfect" group photo except for the one person who ruins it with that goofy look with their eyes half way shut or half way open.

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