Professional portrait photographers swear by their expensive wireless shutter triggers - those little remote gadgets that let them take photos while waiving a stuffed bear at a toddler. Now someone is trying to bring the same functionality to smartphones with the oddly-named Muku Shuttr, a tiny Bluetooth remote that lets you snap photos without holding your smartphone. It's a novel idea, and the Kickstarter campaign has already passed its modest $10,000 goal with more than three weeks left.

The device itself is incredibly simple: just a button and a keychain hole. Start the camera app on your phone (front or rear-facing camera, it doesn't matter), position the phone, press the button, and you've got your photo. Compatibility seems to be a bit hit-or-miss: all the recent iOS devices are supported without an addition app, as are the Samsung Galaxy S4, SIII, Note II, 8.0, and 10.1, and the Nexus 4. According to the description on Kickstarter, a separate app enables the use of the Muku Shuttr on the HTC One, One X+, and the Sony Xperia S and Xperia Z. Other Android phones are explicitly not supported: "We do NOT recommend other Android phone which is not mentioned above." That seems a bit strange - surely if the Nexus 4 works without an app, other AOSP phones would be OK as well?


The campaign reached its goal in under a week. Pledge goals that include hardware (plus a suction cup kickstand) start at $29, and the earliest deliveries are scheduled for October... but I wouldn't hold my breath, considering how Kickstarter deliveries tend to slip. (I'm still waiting on Star Command, you jerks.) Also, a bit of warning: the English on the Kickstarter page is pretty rough.

Muku Shuttr on Kickstarter - thanks, WinDroidGuy

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Firelight

    I just use my Pebble to do the same thing. Using Glance and Tasker this works for my car mount so I can capture those insane highway moments or the front camera to catch the kids' antics. i don't have to touch the phone and it doesn't even need to have the camera app launched as it fires discreetly.

    • John R. Peters Jr.

      Please elaborate on How you accomplish this.

      • Firelight


        I changed the intents to FrontCam & RearCam & Voice Search instead. Took a couple of attempts but works great now. Just remember when assigning the camera intents to choose Discreet (meaning no app launch) and there you go.

        The only way you'll know for sure is you took a picture is if you were IN the camera app or check your gallery after shooting from a different app/screen.

  • normura page

    well, you're lucky that you have a pebble. I am still waiting in the pre-order list!

    • Jose Torres

      I hope you got it at a discount it was a special edition because there are a bunch of them sitting on the racks over at Best Buy.

      • normua page

        problem is I'm not living in the states but in japan.

        • Jose Torres

          O I C

    • Firelight

      I was a backer so I got mine a few months ago. Love it.

  • Mikael

    I tried to connect my USB keyboard to my Galaxy Nexus. Opened the camera app and pressed 'Enter'. It took a picture. Quite sure the same would work with a Bluetooth keyboard. So if the device emulates a keyboard and only the 'Enter' key... Wonder if it's a different key on other devices. Hmm...

  • Jose Torres

    Now to get a kickstand for my phone so I can even use shuttr

    • decidedtochangename

      It comes with one.

      • Jose Torres


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  • Jacquelyn Welling

    Just backed it! Very excited, I've been looking for something like this for a long time.

  • Duncan_J

    great design and product, and I am not trying to take anything away from that but how about.

    hello google take photo

  • Jess

    I would love to get one of these, I just dont got the cash to pledge... got a Chromecast yesterday... shouldn't have bought that ha, money's tight. lol But I really wanted it.