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Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 18.04.02 - 14:52:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9857x
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I've got a very impressive demonstration from Tomas Fiedler from tactel, Sweden. tactel are the guys behind the MMS client on the Sony Ericsson T68i and they've ported the the client to the Pocket PC 2002 platform too. I hope I can give you a deeper inside view of this client within the next days. However, tactel is also the company behind the TDK Bluetooth jacket and Tomas gave me some additional information and views of its jacket concept. So their jacket is equipped with a CF card slot, Bluetooth, a Smartcard slot and later this summer, tactel will also launch a jacket which includes a camera:

The dummy jacket with the
camera on the bottom
The backside of the jacket where
you can see the Smartcard reader

Equipped with a built-in camera and Bluetooth connectivity, making it possible to take full colour pictures with the iPAQ at the same as being connected. Using the camera the image is continuously streamed (full screen) to the iPAQ. To take a picture, just press the record button on the iPAQ. The image is then stored and can easily be accessed from different programs or moved to a PC. The software includes several settings, such as: white balance, gamma control etc.

The pictures can be used when creating a MMS, and then sent immediately through a mobile phone.

  • 24 Bit colour (16 million colours)
  • 325x288 pixel resolution
  • 15 frames/sec

The idea behind this camera concept is not only another camera jacket for the iPAQ but an input device for customized MMS messages. Just snap a picture or even record a small video and send it from there to any other MMS ready mobile terminal.

What I've seen on his life demo about MMS is really impressing! So tactel created some dummies like CNN news for Ericsson and there you can imagine how mobile information could works later this year. While you listen the speaker, you can see pictures of the event he is talking about. Even a short movie sequence is possible, e.g. the goal of your favorite football game.

The tactel camera jacket should be available from august this year. A price wasn't given right now.

Cheers ~ Arne

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