Kodak: Bluetooth camera plans?|
(Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 08:36 EDT)
A news article on tech website Engadget suggests that Eastman Kodak Co. is working on a new Bluetooth module for digital cameras.
The module doesn't look to be designed for user installation, and was unearthed courtesy of information disclosed as part of an FCC filing procedure. We've seen bluetooth cameras in the past, for example Concord's Eye-Q Go Wireless, but such products have had limited availability and have come from less recognizable names in the industry. Should Kodak ship a product based on this module, it would certainly be the biggest push for Bluetooth in digicams so far.
For users not familiar with the technology, Bluetooth offers wireless connectivity to compatible devices. Differences from 802.11 wireless LAN technology are that Bluetooth has generally much lesser power consumption, at the cost of range and transfer speed. Where Bluetooth technology would be ideal is in transferring images to, say, a printer or computer in the same room; to transfer images to the other end of the house you'd more likely need a wireless LAN-based camera instead.
More details can be found on Engadget's site.