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Australia Just Super-Sized Selfies

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 01, 2015

Australia Just Super-Sized Selfies

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Australia has pretty much changed the selfie game.

It will soon put a ridiculously large selfie stick in the hands of tourists, allowing them to snap off a self-photograph from extreme distances.

Mashable’s Ariel Bogle explored the innovation that allows travelers to step in a specific spot and take a picture from hundreds of feet away, essentially enabling a Super Saiyan selfie in regards to pixels and proportions.

Bogle writes: “Tourism Australia recently launched the oversized selfie service as part of a campaign to attract Japanese tourists to the country. To participate in what the agency is calling ‘GIGA Selfie’ events, tourists will stand on a dedicated spot and use an app to set off a distant camera.”

A corresponding video explains the tantalizing technology:

Now, thanks to technology nobody asked for, you can be just a blip on your next travel photo.

This should come amid much joy to your fellow Facebook followers who were already jealous of your trip to Australia.

Tourism Australia explains a bit further on the when and why of the GIGA Selfie event.

The press release states: “The ‘GIGA Selfie’ events — announced in Japan on with a video starring Japanese model and TV personality Ren Ishikawa — will be held around the country starting with the Gold Coast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2015.”

Practice your epic selfie faces now, because it sounds like you will have a limited opportunity to take a truly remarkable snapshot in otherwise breathtaking locales. 

As for the why, Tourism Australia’s Managing Director John O’Sullivan explained: “Japan has long been an important tourism market for Australia, with more than 320,000 Japanese visitors traveling here in the past year alone and contributing more than $1.4 billion in visitor (spending). With new air services coming online this year there is a real opportunity to further grow travel from Japan and capture the renewed interest in Australia as a travel destination.”

The release explains those interested parties will have to download the app, which will help not only take the picture but also procure the subsequent video of the selfie.

It’s actually a clever campaign that we are understandably afraid might catch on elsewhere. Just imagine the queue for something like this at the Eiffel Tower or some other landmark.

For the moment, we will embrace selfie sticks as the only bane of travel photography.

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