ThrowMeApp: Use Your Smartphone for Camera Toss Photography

Do you trust your hand-eye coordination enough to throw your Android smartphone into the air? If so, you can now use it for automated camera toss photography. ThrowMeApp is a new app created by programmer Anton Beitler, a student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Just like the camera toss feature that Nikon is apparently developing, ThrowMeApp simplifies the camera throw process by making all the important decisions for you: it attempts to trigger your phone’s shutter as close to the peak of the trajectory as possible, and while the phone’s camera is pointed downward.

It does this by using the accelerometer in your phone to (1) estimate the velocity of your phone, and (2) calculate the average fall time over the previous 5 camera tosses. All that’s left for you to place the phone flat in your hand, tap the screen, and throw it into the air (and catch it once it comes back down, of course).

Here are some sample photographs shot by Beitler and his classmates:

ThrowMeApp is available as a free download over in the Google Play store.

Image credit: Photo illustration based on Throwing a Coin for Luck by Joshua Drew Vaughn

  • Cheryl Anderson Jones

    I can’t imagine what use this would be to anyone. Some people think up the stupidest apps.

  • jimjamaroo

    This would go great with the ‘mend cracked screen app’.

  • James

    And just like Nikon’s feature, here’s another company that sees what a goldmine the “throwing your expensive technology and praying that you can catch it” fad could open. Wonder if the app developers and phone manufacturers are in cahoots.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Is there really a demand for this feature or this type of photo???

  • disco

    all it does is crash on my sgsII

  • Henning Nilsen

    They’re pretty cool to use as cover or profile pictures on facebook.

  • ddd

    iphone alternatives ? :)

  • Jacob

    What’s interesting is not whether there is a need for such an app and such pictures, but the constant pushing of software’s and hardware’s boundaries. It’s far more interesting seen from a design and technological view point than from a commercial one.

  • Scott M

    I would be interested to see if the app could be changed to take a pic when pointed in another direction. Like in a window or over a fence. That would be quite a concern for privacy.

  • pryere

    Throw it in the bin. (Trash).

  • Adam

    I’ve already sued him.

  • Василь Задорожний

    There is one more crazy game with tossing a phone – Wintoss. It use accelerometer to detect a toss high. Not bad