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TapShoot is a clever photography app from the Nokia Future Capture contest


Remember the Nokia Future Capture contest? It was a contest announced in June that ended early last month. Entries asked for new app ideas around imaging, select participants flew to Finland to compete in a hackathon to make those ideas a reality. TapShoot is an app that was second-runner up in that hackathon and is now available in the Store for you to download. Let’s check it out.

First off, congrats to Matt Cavanagh from South Africa. You may remember Matt as RogueCode around here on Windows Phone Central and Twitter. He’s also the developer behind popular apps like FFFFound and plenty of others. He’s also the guy behind TapShoot and it’s a unique new app for Windows Phone.

TapShoot uses two Windows Phone devices to help you take a picture. One phone acts as the “viewfinder/shutter” while the other phone is the camera. Once both phones have the app installed, all you need to do is tap the two phones together to start the process. After that, the phone that had the app opened first is the camera while the second phone is the viewfinder. Put the “camera” down and walk away to where you want to be.

TapShoot Screenshots

Photos are saved to the phone that is acting as the camera. On that phone you’ll also get the option to apply a wide range of filters to the photo instantly. Clever app.

The uses of this app are only limited by your creativity. It’s a great way to make sure you get in a shot if nobody is around to hold your phone for you or to get shots that might be tricky.

TapShoot is free for Windows Phone 8 users. Again, you’ll need two devices to get it to work, but it’s totally awesome. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

QR: TapShoot



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Nakazul says:

Cool, to bad you can't use a old WP7.8 as a remote. Probably alot of those lying around houses out there.

Javad Alan says:

I couldn't agree more.

CJ Thunder says:

Yep, I wonder if that can be made to happen.

Sicarius123 says:

Did WP7 ever get native NFC support? Or just some basic hacked in Nokia NFC?

Nakazul says:

No, but through Bluetooth it should be able to remote something. That is if not MSFT as usually blocks there API.

WPCrook says:

My old HTC HD7 had Bluetooth, though I sometimes think it was just there to wind me up. Bluetooth never did work. Ever. Same sad story on my 920 now that I think about it. :'(

Dare2Blink says:

Really? I never had any issues with bluetooth on my 920

RogueCode says:

On WP7 (your HTC) there was no way for 3rd party developers to access Bluetooth. On WP8 there is - so hopefully you will start finding more uses for BT :P

RogueCode says:

Unfortunately this are no Bluetooth API's available on WP7x. :-(
However, this is really just a basic first version. The final one will have an open API and support for using multiple other devices as the viewer like iPhone/Android/Pebble/AGENT.

Acbuono5 says:

...yeah I couldn't figure out the point of this app either....

Nataku4ca says:

think sony honami killer (think those things are 500 extra)

Bluedemon77 says:

520 is a cheap option !!!

WinMaverick says:

But sadly 520 lacks nfc

shadow118 says:

But the 620 doesn't, and it's only a little bit more expensive

RogueCode says:

In the next version I will support standard BT pairing so you will not need NFC (although it will still be an option) - which means that the 520 will work :-)

lippidp says:

I had to read this twice to understand wtf this app does. I think it's basically a remote control for your camera. If that is correct I like it!

sholokov says:

It is...and its good for selfies.

RogueCode says:

The mother of all selfie apps!
Also, great for taking group pictures when you don't want to be the only one left out of the picture.

rodneyej says:

I love all of these photo apps,,, but man❕.. Lol,❕.. Get we switch it up a bit❔

sumothong01 says:

That is really cool.
Now I just need to know another person with a WP.

RogueCode says:

The planned feature list includes support for other devices as the viewer too. From my comment above: "However, this is really just a basic first version. The final one will have an open API and support for using multiple other devices as the viewer like iPhone/Android/Pebble/AGENT."

DaiaX says:

Much like Sony Z1 and its QX lenses.

IceDree says:

I was thinking the same thing

sholokov says:

There is a problem with the app not reading the gyroscope/rotation correctly. Pictures taken in landscape mode are affected.

Nik Rolls says:

That is very cool! Nice for remote photography, or for when you need that really still shot. Or for when he perfect angle is somewhere you can't reach and press the shutter at the same time. Awesome!

RogueCode says:

I had not actually thought about that use-case. Thanks!

What 1020 case is that in the article photo? It looks awesome and I want it!!

I'll try to do a review of it tomorrow. Stay tuned.

edgaryanez says:

hey! what about the review??

I'm eagerly waiting! I've been dying for a grey case in that style.

atkulp says:

Weird. My wife and I both have Lumia 920's with NFC and WiFi enabled, but they won't pair up in this app. Not impressed so far...

Protrek says:

Bluetooth and Nfc. Mine 920 and 925 Works Great together

RogueCode says:

Please try *disable* WiFi as it actually works over Bluetooth, and having WiFi enabled just messes it up (a bug in the SDK).

coip says:

This sounds like a pretty cool idea. I'll definitely check it out.

Awesome! Now when we go out on day trips we can use my 1020 as the camera, and my girlfriend's 820 as the viewfinder! Bloody awesome app!

RogueCode says:

Awesome! Hope you enjoy it :-)

I'm predicting a spike in upskirt websites in the near future...

Laion says:

Great, simple idea. Gonna use it, when I travel to South America alone next spring.

glassadam says:

This... Is actually a really clever idea. Nice job!