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PRESS RELEASE: Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Bluetooth Digital Camera Demonstrates Business Solutions
Hollywood, FL, January 28, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (NASDAQ:LENS) announced today business solutions using the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless, the first 2 Megapixel Bluetooth enabled digital camera. Designed for instant and reliable image transmission, the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless beams images to Bluetooth compatible devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops as well as USB-compatible computers (with the included Bluetooth adaptor).
The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is being tested in a number of different industries for varying applications. Real Estate agent, Jeff Maiger uses the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless to take pictures of available properties and then sends the images to his PDA for easy viewing with his clients. "I put pictures of the properties I am showing on my PDA and use it as a slide show with prospective clients. This saves time and my clients really love the fact that we can preview a property while on the road," commented Jeff Maiger.
Vitronics, Inc., a MTC Technologies company, has successfully demonstrated the use of the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless camera in a prototype Wearable Computer System for the US Army. Their Linux based prototype demonstrates how a soldier can use a small, lightweight wireless camera to take pictures of people, documents, etc. and then transmit these images using Bluetooth to a small wearable computer that can store the photos or relay them to other command structures via radio link.
The Boeing Company is looking at the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless to facilitate communication between departments. They are taking time sensitive photos to document quality non conformance on aircraft and are quickly transmitting these photos to a laptop for distribution to a number of departments.
The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless sends images wirelessly to Bluetooth devices, such as the popular Palm Tungsten T, as well as any of the over 1800 Bluetooth Consortium companies devices that support OBEX and are able to receive, process and display a JPEG image. The camera transmits photos from as far away as 30 feet and no direct line of sight is necessary. It is even possible to transmit an image through office walls. The camera can detect up to seven Bluetooth devices at a time allowing the user to select the device to which to transmit.
The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is also packaged with a Bluetooth adaptor, which allows the user to transform their Windows based computer or laptop into a Bluetooth device. Just install the Bluetooth driver software and plug the Bluetooth adaptor into the USB port and the computer is ready to receive pictures from the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless. No wires or cables are necessary for transmission.
"Our customers asked for quick and easy transfer of photos from the camera to a computer, mobile phone or PDA. Our answer is the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless. What can be quicker and simpler than a digital camera that can transmit images without cables in as little as five seconds?" commented Urs W. Stampfli, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Sales and Marketing at Concord Camera Corp. He further commented, "Consumers love this technology because it is simple and easy to use. But we have also had a lot of interest from a wide variety of businesses such as insurance, real estate and logistics who need picture documentation."
Sending images to a Bluetooth enabled device requires just a few button presses and no cable connections. Bluetooth technology combined with a simple and intuitive user interface provides consumers with the simplicity they demand.
The camera stores over one hundred VGA sized images in 7MB of internal memory but also has an SD/MMC card slot for additional storage. The camera also features preset scene selections for flexible picture taking and a 4x digital zoom. It offers three focus modes to ensure great pictures at any distance; macro for close-up images; portrait for group photos; and infinity for scenic views. AVI Video clip capability allows users to capture special moments. The user can select between 2 Megapixel, 1 Megapixel, or VGA resolution still images.
The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless digital camera is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98SE, 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional. Images can
be transmitted to specified Bluetooth compatible devices. See Concord's web site at www.concord-camera.com for an up-to-date list of compatible devices. Weighing in at only 4.5 ounces and tiny with a length of 3.44 inches, the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is pocket-sized and easily accessible any time you would like to snap a picture.
The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is priced at a suggested retail price of only $149.99 and is available immediately through retailers.
(First posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 16:24 EST)