Selfie Stickers Update Version 1.1: Hunting the bugs

It’s a fact that nearly no apps – even seemingly simple ones such as Selfie Stickers – are bug-free when they are first released. Thankfully, it’s possible to release updates that fix these issues and that’s exactly what I’ve done this week. The free update brings my iPhone app Selfie Stickers to version 1.1. Here’s the changelog:

+ Added haptic feedback (iPhone 7 & 7 Plus only)
+ Added preliminary VoiceOver support
+ Added French localization
* Changed the App Store name to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”
* Fixed a bug that caused new stickers to not appear in the list until the app was re-opened
* Fixed a bug that caused stickers not to be sent due to incorrect scaling
* Fixed missing translations for photo library access
* Miscellaneous fixes and optimizations

As you might have noticed, I have changed the name of the app from “Selfie Stickers for Messages” to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”. This makes it more obvious that you can only use the app with iMessage and not with other messaging apps. I’ve also added French localization and VoiceOver support as well as a touch of Haptic Feedback (pun intended).

You can head over to the Updates tab of the App Store app to download the update. Alternatively, tap here to download the app for free from the App Store.

My first iPhone app: Selfie Stickers for Messages

Selfie Stickers for Messages App Icon. Shows an emoji of a person who is taking a selfie. Only the right arm and smartphone are visible.After a few weeks of quiet research and development (no pun intended), I have launched my first app on the Apple App Store!

It’s called “Selfie Stickers for Messages”.

Quoting the App Store description:

Add a personal touch to any messages you send or receive with – wait for it – your own face! Selfie Stickers allows you to easily create your own stickers out of your selfies and other photos!

It’s as simple as 1-2-3:
1. Tap to take a selfie or select an existing one from your photo library
2. Crop the image to get the subject centered (a circular mask will be applied afterwards)
3. Done! Peel your facial expression of amazement away and stick it onto any message of your choice. Or tap to send the sticker as a photo for others to re-use!

Are you excited to try the new sticker feature in iOS 10’s Messages app?
Don’t like the existing, pre-built and emotionless stickers?
This app was made for you. It works with any picture you take and with all the photos you already have in your camera roll.

Turn that frown upside-down and send all the facial expressions your selfie camera can capture to your friends today!

Stay tuned for more features as I continue to enhance Selfie Stickers.

You can find it on the App Store for free:

Download Selfie Stickers for Messages on the Apple App Store

It was a fun challenge and a refreshing departure from StarGame development and I hope you enjoy it as well. StarGame is also coming to the App Store pretty soon, so stay tuned for that!

DIYing a 3D Printer – Part One: Taking apart a HP Deskjet 6540

When my mum randomly decided to throw out everything we had in the basement, I saved our old HP Deskjet 6540 from going to the recycling center. I decided to take it apart to see what components are inside and which of them could potentially be used to construct a 3D printer. Video below:

What do you think about the idea of converting a 2D printer to a 3D printer? And how do you like my experiment with background music? Please tell me in the comments or on Twitter!

Quick thoughts on the Impossible Black and Red Duochrome film for Polaroid 600 cameras

This limited edition film behaves exactly like the B&W 2.0 film – but it develops in black and red, resulting in interesting and eye-catching images if you choose the right subject. This is also the downside of this film’s unique chemistry: not everything that looks good in B&W does in B&R. I’ve found that subjects that already contain the color red in parts of the image work well. What is also a small drawback is that it was only available with a black frame.

This is one of the example images on the Impossible Project Online Shop. It shows a Polaroid 600-type picture with a black frame. In the top half of the picture, you can see two circular vents in the wall of a building. The wall ends in the ground In the center of the picture. In the bottom half of the picture, you can see the ground in front of the wall. There is a canal lid in the ground. Due to the perspective and the composition of the image, the two round and the oval objects look roughly like two eyes and a mouth, forming a smiley.
One of the example images on the Impossible Project Online Shop. (c) Impossible Project

Unfortunately the film is currently sold out. You can however still check out the store page here, so there’s a chance it’ll be restocked eventually.

The Windows 10 Upgrade Debacle (Problems and Comedy!)

Here’s me trying to update my gaming PC from Windows 8.1 to 10! Problems arise when the Microsoft Windows 10 Update App decides my brand new AMD RX 480 GPU isn’t compatible with the “new” operating system. Yep.

(warning: occasional cursing has not been censored!)

Continue reading The Windows 10 Upgrade Debacle (Problems and Comedy!)

(UPDATED June 25) A detailed look at the Impossible I-1 camera

UPDATE: You can now watch a recording of the Impossible I-1 camera keynote on Vimeo (embedded below). I have also added many interesting details about the camera to this post, including detailed specifications that were just posted on the I-1 website.

Bloomberg Design Conference 2016: Oskar Smolokowski from Impossible on Vimeo.

Sections (roughly): 00:00 to 10:00 (about Impossible and why they made the camera), 10:40 (first look at the camera), 13:30 (flash), 15:00 (app), 17:00 (example photos taken with the I-1), 17:20 to end (live demo).

As you have probably already heard, Impossible unveiled their IP-1 I-1 camera at the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference on April 11th. I promised you to write a post after the announcement to cover all the details that were unveiled. Here we are, 12 days later, and it’s not like I forgot to write or something. The problem is that there‘s was not much to report until now: Impossible annoyingly chose to postpone any info outside of some basic points of interest until May 10th, when the camera goes on sale. Luckily, the BW keynote video is now public, meaning I was able to add tons of info to the post. Enjoy!

As expected, the camera looks a lot like the ugly child of a Polaroid Land Camera 1000, an Impossible Instant Lab and a rotary phone:

I-1 parody
(images sourced from etsy, photojojo, gporetro, terapeak, fenix/soldiersystems)

Yeah, I was kidding. Not: Continue reading (UPDATED June 25) A detailed look at the Impossible I-1 camera

Analyzing the upcoming Impossible instant camera

As you know, I have a passion for instant photography and the cameras connected to it. I have personally tried nearly every format of Polaroid films that has existed (except the pocket, 500 and 80-type films) and played with cameras from most formats. Impossible has been teasing their upcoming instant camera on Twitter for a few days:

Also, ICYMI, Impossible now has a new website, located at This is what it looks like: big teaser image of i-type camera That’s right, the first thing you’ll see on their website is a giant teaser for their camera that is “coming soon…”. Coming tomorrow actually, so it’s about time to get excited and get the rumor-mill going! Continue reading Analyzing the upcoming Impossible instant camera

[Mac] [Tutorial] Enter emojis and special Unicode symbols quickly! ☯♛☀︎

I recently discovered a neat trick to access the emoji picker quickly and from anywhere on your mac: press the key combination crtl + ⌘ + space to summon a small emoji list whenever you’re currently entering text: Continue reading [Mac] [Tutorial] Enter emojis and special Unicode symbols quickly! ☯♛☀︎

C like creative.