Whipping out a cheap phonecam at the height of a late-night bash, a Michigan frat boy snaps his own Girls Gone Wild shots and instantly uploads them to an online gallery accessible by anyone in the world. At a Los Angeles convenience store, a woman witnesses a holdup - and with the press of a button, she captures the thief's image and zaps it to 911. In Hong Kong, a mobile phone user photographs the apartment complex of a neighbor suspected of carrying SARS. He posts the pictures, details, and GPS coordinates to an unofficial database designed to do what the government won't: collect and provide data about the spread of the virus.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Posted By Allen at 8:03 PM
Wired has a story by Xeni Jardin about phonecams. You know, those little cameras that are popping up on cell phones everywhere. I'm pretty excited about phonecams, but I want one that is at least a megapixel, with pretty good color balance. At one point I was thinking about buying a small digital camera to carry with me all of the time, but when they started coming out with better phonecams, I decided to wait. Here's a quote from the article: