#1871: PhotoPhony

Cameras and phones are merging at the point-and-shoot end of the market. Novel products jostle for position by bolting on features such as Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.

Today’s invention is based on this frenzy and is aimed at anyone who likes to travel but doesn’t want the bother of staring through a lens…

Imagine a device with which you hope to capture a stunning photograph at some beauty spot.

GPS and comms signals can track your location. A server somewhere will make a good guess at the scene you are viewing and send you some display-sized candidate images from a selection of expert shots. You choose one and show all your admiring friends the result of ‘your’ artistry on the back of your device.

You could even insert group shots of your friends and nudge them into position -or choose photos taken during a different season/time of day.