Don't know what pictures to take at your next party? Sony says it does and literally aims to help you. But, do we really need the help? Can we afford it?
More importantly: Will our parties survive the fun of watching Uncle Phil struggle to get the thing working and then forcing us to look at the results? Wouldn't it be easier for Phil just to take the stupid pictures himself?
There is an old science fiction theme that life will become so automated that humans will no longer need our hands and feet and they will simply go away. If that's really going to happen, Sony's new Party Shot is probably a necessary step down that path.
In the real world, anybody who actually needs such automated picture taking help, probably isn’t capable of setting it up. Sorry, Uncle Phil.
The device, which attaches to one of two special Sony cameras, provides motors for actually aiming the camera to follow the action at your next shindig. The camera controls the Party Shot, looking for faces and, especially, for smiles, before snapping a picture.
Presumably, you set-up the gizmo, add friends, and look at the pictures in the morning. You might see some interesting developments, but at least people were smiling, right?
Is this stupid or what?
Will the next step be additional features for gesture recognition? For people making a peace sign? Holding up two fingers behind someone's head? Or maybe just one finger? When you think like the Japanese, the possibilities are truly endless.
Rumor has it, there will also be an add-on for identifying any criminals who might have infiltrated your gathering, but keep that quiet, OK?
If you actually think the new Party Shot is a good idea, find more details in our story here. But, be warned, when the Party Shot and supported cameras go on sale next month they will be pricey: As much as $540 for the combination.
Maybe it's just a case of sticking up for my species, but I am not sure we humans need robotic picture taking help such is this. We may deserve it, and Japanese technology is always ready to help, but I think I'll keep my hands and feet.
If only for taking pictures at parties.
Industry veteran David Coursey is usually the one taking pictures at parties and, frankly, doesn't appreciate the competition. He tweets as @techinciter.