Muku Labs have released the world’s first camera shutter for iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, called Muku Shuttr.
Taking photos with a smartphone is easier than taking them with a conventional camera. The smartphone is smaller, easier to carry, and it has other functions, too. As a result, mobile devices are actually eating compact camera’s piece of the photography pie.
Still, using a phone to shoot has its drawbacks. Apart from the significant cut in image quality, it is harder to use when taking self-portrait shots. You can put a conventional camera on a tripod or fix it using other tools, while a remote trigger or a simple self-timer will do the job and you can appear in a group photo, too.
Muku Labs introduces Muku Shutter, courtesy of Kickstarter
Solving these two issues has been the goal of Hong Kong-based Muku Labs. After spending one year doing research and development work, the result has finally arrived and it is available on Kickstarter, while its name is Muku Shuttr.
The Muku Shuttr is a remote control for your smartphone or tablet with support for Bluetooth 3.0 or above. The best part about it is that it does not require the user to install any third-party applications, as a simple Bluetooth pairing will suffice.
Muku Shuttr works with Bluetooth 3.0 or above, iOS 5+ and Android 4.1+ smartphones and tablets
The device will trigger your smartphone’s shutter at the touch of a button. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and Google Nexus 4 powered by Android 4.1 or higher, as well as the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, and 3GS running on iOS 5 or higher.
Other mobile gadgets supported by Muku Shuttr are Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, iPad 2, 3, and 4, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch fifth generation or newer.
All of these do not require an application. However, installing a soon-to-be-released app will allow HTC One, HTC One X+, Sony Xperia S, and Sony Xperia Z users to control their phone camera using the remote shutter.
The creator says that Muku Shuttr might work with other smartphones and tablets, but the aforementioned ones have been tested and are guaranteed to work, so you should not throw away your money, if you do not own one of those devices.
A suction stand for your smartphone or tablet to be included in the package
Your smartphone’s remote shutter has a battery which can last for two years if the users turn it off after using it. Nevertheless, the battery is easily replaceable, so do not worry about running out of juice. Meanwhile, its Bluetooth range extends to 10 meters.
Another thing worth noting is that all backers will receive a free suction stand. The package will contain the kickstand in the color of your choice, just like the Shuttr.
Muku Shuttr to ship in September to early birds
Fortunately, Muku has already reached its Kickstarter goal of $10,000. The Shuttr has surpassed $15,000 and the goal will stretch soon, in order to accommodate a couple of more color options beside black and white.
There are 24 more days to go until the funding ends, so go ahead and get your Muku Shuttr if you need a small device to help you master self-portraits on a mobile phone or tablet.
One last thing: shipping begins in September for early birds, while the rest of pack is getting it in October.