Thanks to ever-evolving tech, the way we consume news is also constantly changing and upgrading. Smartphones are making access to breaking news an instant convenience courtesy of Meerkat/Periscope, Snapchat or [insert social media outlet here]. The latest techcessory to provide live streaming access is a selfie stick for TV reporters (pros or not). This could either be very good or very bad.
The SmartGRIP by LiveU gives reporters (or really anyone) the ability to attach their smartphone and an external mic to a selfie stick lookalike to make broadcasting as easy as an on-air countdown. By using the LiveU LU-Smart app, professional or amateur newscasters can quickly + effortlessly transmit their HD footage to a newsroom through the wonders of the cloud. This device and its accompanying system could totally transform the news field (and put those working behind the camera lens in jeopardy).
Already in use by a handful of Australian Sky News reporters producing on-location stories, the SmartGRIP is ready to help anyone tackle breaking news from anyone — from Coachella festival goers to human rights activists — when it happens, wherever it happens. The selfie-obsessed generation may finally be getting a tool that isn’t all about themselves ;)
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