Canon and Ericsson have signed an agreement for strategic collaboration on transfer and management of digital images between digital cameras and cellular devices.
Canon and Ericsson are hereby taking an initiative to drive and promote standards for wireless digital applications and thereby attract customers and application providers to partner with the two companies.
The strategic collaboration will result in technology and innovative applications for digital imaging solutions for the wireless consumer device market. Consumer solutions will be developed for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, involving enablers such as Bluetooth wireless technology and WAP.
This is an important step towards creating "killer applications" for consumers of next-generation wireless devices and networks. Ericsson research shows that applications involving imaging will be among the most
popular features in next generation mobile devices. Already today, digital imaging products and cellular devices are two rapidly growing categories of consumer products, and the merging of these two technologies will create entirely new products and applications, such as multimedia messaging.
The technology will enable simple, fast and reliable transfer of images from digital cameras to wireless devices, as well as to other consumers or the Internet. By combining a digital camera and a cellular phone, users will be able to easily manage and send images along with voice or text-based messages.
The collaboration between Canon and Ericsson will result in (separate) consumer devices from both companies, expected to be announced during next
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