The Connected Camera: Imaging News from CTIA ‘08
If and when WiMAX (high speed mobile broadband service, branded “XOHM” by Sprint, which pledges to have some markets up by summer) becomes available in the U.S., it opens the possibility of using a cellphone (or internet tablet, like Nokia’s new N810) as a live video feed for real-time videoconferencing or SWIS (“see what I see”) applications. Samsung’s Paul Thurneysen imagined a day when phones (or point-and-shoots) would be both WiMAX and GPS enabled, allowing parents to not only track their kids’ but actually see what they are doing, a sort of mobile security camera. Luckily for those kids, the mobile imaging devices of the future will still come with “off” buttons.
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