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Anyone that knows me knows that I love to take selfies. In fact, my Instagram page (@audreypuente), is totally dedicated to these fun pictures. If you share my passion, then your selfie world is about to be blown away with some new technology.

Over the last few years, social media has been the stage for the selfie craze. Those famed self-portraits are usually taken with a hand-held digital camera or cell phone. The frame of these photos is usually limited to the length of your arm. You can get creative with angles and mirrors, but there are limitations. For instance, you usually can only take pictures of either your upper body or lower body. And there is a limit to the amount of people you can fit into the frame unless you place them at a distance.

The folks at PointGrab have now made an app for that called CamMe and it is changing the selfie world.

Mashable Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff says the app uses gesture-based technology to allow users to snap a selfie.

"It's real simple. It's a free app that you can download on your iPhone that uses your face cam camera to let you control it with your hand," he says. "You put your hand up, make a fist, it reads that and then it takes your picture."

Lance showed me how it works. Instead of having to hold the phone and press the button, you can put it somewhere, step back until you are fully in frame, the camera sees your body and takes your picture with a gesture.

This opens up a whole new world for us selfie lovers.

And it even caught the attention of some of my Fox 5 coworkers like Ti-Hua Chang, Russ Salzberg, Ernie Anastos, and even the anti-selfie Greg Kelly.

Now I'm not the only one with no selfie control

The app CamMe just won the prize for the 2014 most innovative mobile app at the Global Mobile Awards. PointGrab, the company that created the app, is also working on software solutions that enable televisions, computers, and home appliances to be used with hand-gesture technology.

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