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Camera phone as universal tri-corder

Jul 1, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive has published a whitepaper describing some research into innovative and futuristic uses of camera phones being investigated in Intel's research labs. Already, in cities around the world, purchasing a soda out of a vending machine can be as easy as dialing your cell phone. Even parking and toll fees are easily paid through a cell phone. Cell phones are already much more than a communication device. They are used as debit/credit cards to purchase food, services, and gas.

Now, the global proliferation of cell phones with cameras brings more opportunities to use mobile phone devices in different capacities — and the best part is that these applications require no additional hardware. In Intel's research, camera phones are being used as pointing devices, authentication devices, storage devices, and even as user interfaces for systems that, because of cost and/or form factor, aren't able to accommodate a display of their own.

Learn more about potential future applications for camera phones from this fascinating whitepaper by a senior researcher with Intel Research in Cambridge, U.K.

Read the full whitepaper

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