June 28, 2007

OmniVision and Scalado collaborate on camera phones

Permalink: OmniVision and Scalado collaborate on camera phones by Jan Harris

OmniVision Technologies, the US-based image sensor company, and Scalado, the Swedish mobile imaging software specialist, are working together to make camera phones more user-friendly.
As part of the collaboration, OmniVision has added hardware to its new 3-megapixel OV3640 CameraChip, to optimise a camera’s ability to benefit from Scalado’s SpeedView technology.
This innovation allows pictures to [...]

June 27, 2007

NEC Electronics ships 8MP camera phone chip

Permalink: NEC Electronics ships 8MP camera phone chip by Jan Harris

NEC Electronics Corp has started to ship samples of CE131, an image processing LSI for use in camera phones, which is capable of capturing 8MP images.
This is 1.6 times the resolution of the current market version of the LSI, which captures 5MP.
The LSI sits between the CMOS sensor and application processor in a mobile [...]

June 26, 2007

Hi-def video coming to camera phones

Permalink: Hi-def video coming to camera phones by Jan Harris

Texas Instruments, the chip manufacturer, is preparing to release its third-generation OMAP processor in 2008. The OMAP3 mobile phone platform will bring high-definition video to mobile phones.
The technology will provide up to 720×1,368-pixel resolution, which is 720p adapted for phones’ portrait format.
The cameras on the phones will also be able to shoot 12 [...]

June 25, 2007

Google phone available in Europe

Permalink: Google phone available in Europe by Jan Harris

The Google phone - LG’s KU-580 handset, which incorporates Google Search, Google Mail and Google Maps - is now available in Italy and France, and should be coming to other European countries soon.
The KU-580 resembles LG’s Chocolate phone with its red-on-black colour scheme. It has a generous 2in widescreen LCD on which to view [...]

June 22, 2007

O2 Cocoon 3G handset announced

Permalink: O2 Cocoon 3G handset announced by Jan Harris

O2 launched the O2 Cocoon at the O2 Wireless Festival - its latest handset developed specifically for the style-led consumer.
As well as a unique white clamshell design, the device features a high-quality music player and the capacity to store 500 songs with the 2GB internal memory.
An additional 500 songs can be stored using [...]

June 21, 2007

Motion-sensing game for camera phones announced

Permalink: Motion-sensing game for camera phones announced by Jan Harris

Concrete Software is releasing a new game, 3D Lawn Darts, which uses innovative motion sensing control technology.
The game replicates the Nintendo Wii motion controller on a mobile camera phone. It uses the phone’s internal camera to allow players to swing the phone as if they were throwing a real dart.
Players take turns [...]

June 20, 2007

Tagit and DAEM announce augmented reality technology

Permalink: Tagit and DAEM announce augmented reality technology by Jan Harris

Tagit Pte Ltd of Singapore and DAEM Interactive have announced a new innovation in mobile image recognition technology.
The ‘Augmented Reality’ technology allows camera-phone users to interact with media channels and obtain information or digital content.
It provides a new dimension to advertisements by allowing users to capture images of products or logos and instantly [...]

June 19, 2007

i-mate announces JAMA WM5 Pocket PC Phone

Permalink: i-mate announces JAMA WM5 Pocket PC Phone by Jan Harris

i-mate has announced its new JAMA Windows Mobile 5.0 PDA phone.
The slim, lightweight device is aimed at users who want a basic-level pda to help them keep organised and in touch.
Input is purely via the 2.4″ QVGA resolution touch screen and connectivity is provided with dual-band (900/1800MHz) GSM/GPRS and Bluetooth v1.2. Wi-fi and [...]


Smart Phones Surpassing PDAs

Permalink: Smart Phones Surpassing PDAs by Kathryn Lang

Smart phones have taken the world by storm. There was a time when a phone was just a phone that simply allowed you to talk with someone that wasn’t in your presence. As technology has become more compact, so have the capabilities of the communication devices.
Most phones that are on the market have [...]


Cell Phones: Multitasking Radio

Permalink: Cell Phones: Multitasking Radio by Kathryn Lang

Cell Phones Are Just Sophisticated Radios.
When is a phone not really a phone – when it is actually a cell phone. All those annoying little phones you hear buzzing where ever you go these days are (drum roll please) radios. Just knowing this takes a little bit of the fun out of the [...]


Etiquette for Mobiles Phones

Permalink: Etiquette for Mobiles Phones by Kathryn Lang

I had left a message for my doctor, but left my cell phone number since I had to run some errands. The nurse timed the return call perfectly. There I was, standing in the refrigerator aisle of the local supermarket (complete with stock boy) when my phone began to buzz. If I [...]

June 18, 2007

23% of Europeans welcome touchscreen phones

Permalink: 23% of Europeans welcome touchscreen phones by Jan Harris

In a survey of 2,000 European mobile users by Canlys, the analysis company for the high-tech industry, 23% of respondents said they would like a touchscreen interface on their phone if it gave them a large display, as long as the overall size of the device wasn’t increased.
A further 10% said they would carry [...]


Eye-Fi announces Wi-Fi memory cards for cameras

Permalink: Eye-Fi announces Wi-Fi memory cards for cameras by Brian Turner

California-based Eye-Fi is planning to release Secure Digital memory cards with integrated Wi-Fi chips this autumn.
The card will enable digital photos to be sent automatically from a camera to home PCs or photo-sharing Web sites.
Eye-Fi is in discussions with around a dozen Web sites to allow direct uploads from cameras equipped with the [...]

June 15, 2007

Kodak develops colour-filter technology

Permalink: Kodak develops colour-filter technology by Jan Harris

Eastman Kodak Co has developed a colour-filter technology that increases the sensitivity to light of the image sensor in digital cameras by 2 to 4 times.
The technology allows crisp, clear images to be taken even in poor light conditions.
The new filter system will replace an industry-standard filter pattern designed by Kodak [...]

June 14, 2007

Sony Ericsson announces K850 Cyber-shot

Permalink: Sony Ericsson announces K850 Cyber-shot by Jan Harris

Sony Ericsson has announced the K850, its newest Cyber-shot camera phone which delivers digital camera-quality pictures.
The device features a 5 megapixel camera phone with auto focus and Xenon flash. Tri-band HSDPA facilitates high-speed picture and video blogging.
Photo fix allows a user to improve light balance with just one click. The BestPic [...]

June 13, 2007

E-TEN Glofiish X800 wins ‘Best Choice’ award

Permalink: E-TEN Glofiish X800 wins ‘Best Choice’ award by Jan Harris

E Ten’s Glofiish X800 PDA won a ‘Best Choice’ award at Computex 2007.
The X800 is the first Glofiish Pocket PC to feature HSDPA. It also has a front facing camera for video calling, GPS support via the built-in SiRF Star III chipset, Wi-Fi, and a high-resolution VGA screen.
250MB of flash ROM [...]

June 12, 2007

Samsung releases world’s slimmest slider phone

Permalink: Samsung releases world’s slimmest slider phone by Jan Harris

Samsung’s SGH-U600 Ultra Edition 10.9 is currently the slimmest slider phone in the world with a depth of 10.9mm.
The phone features an elegant, sapphire blue body with a 2.2-inch LCD screen with touch-sensitive buttons. It weighs in at 81 grams.
The device is well-equipped in the camera department, with a 3.2 [...]

June 11, 2007

STMicroelectronics licences Varioptic liquid lenses

Permalink: STMicroelectronics licences Varioptic liquid lenses by Brian Turner

Varioptic has signed a licencing agreement with STMicroelectronics, to provide liquid lenses for CMOS imaging products.
Under the terms of the agreement, STMicroelectronics will use Varioptic’s liquid lens technology to add auto-focus capability to a family of camera modules targeting the booming camera phone market. Additionally, ST will also be able to manufacture liquid [...]


Tessera first with wafer-level technology for cell-phones

Permalink: Tessera first with wafer-level technology for cell-phones by Jan Harris

Tessera Technologies Inc, a provider of miniaturisation technologies for the electronics industry, has announced OptiML WLC, a wafer-level camera technology which advances the integration of miniaturised cameras in mobile phones and other electronic devices.
The technology makes it possible for cameras to be manufactured at the wafer level, substantially reducing the size of [...]

June 8, 2007

Ferrari and Acer launch Ferrari PDA

Permalink: Ferrari and Acer launch Ferrari PDA by Jan Harris

The Ferrari PDA is the result of an ongoing alliance between performance car company Ferrari and computer manufacturer ACER Inc.
The black PDA has a red trim and will be launched soon in Europe. Its official name is the Ferrari Racing Personal Navigator. The Ferrari connection is obvious in the specially-designed wallpaper which [...]