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Expanding the Digital Camera's Reach
December 2004 (vol. 37 no. 12)
pp. 65-73
Chandra Narayanaswami, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
M.T. Raghunath, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Digital cameras have evolved into affordable, compact units that can record high-resolution pictures. Recently, digital cameras integrated into cell phones have far outsold regular digital cameras.

Despite the increasing image resolution, storage capacity, and wireless connectivity of cellular camera phones, human preferences dictate their physical size, which essentially limits the integrated display's size. Although immediately viewing pictures on the integrated display is a valuable feature, it can show only a limited amount of detail.

To address this limitation, one futuristic scenario foresees mobile computers establishing symbiotic relationships with stationary devices in the environment to offer users a combination of both systems' best attributes: large, easy-to-read, high-quality displays and content personalization through mobile computers. Digital cameras with short- and long-range wireless communication capabilities and large storage capacities are thus poised to change the way we capture, view, and use digital images.

Citation:
Chandra Narayanaswami, M.T. Raghunath, "Expanding the Digital Camera's Reach," Computer, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 65-73, Dec. 2004, doi:10.1109/MC.2004.243
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