Digital Photo Newsletter describes a Media Day where Kodak showed off new products and described technology that they are working on for future release. Two of the items include:
+ A high-speed scanner that processes two prints per second. The scanner reads both sides of photos, and uses optical character recognition to attempt to collect any info it can, including hand-written dates. It attempts to also date photos by how they were made, such as rounded corners or serrated edges. (Fashion has a purpose after all!). And it attempts to group photos by color and backgrounds in the images, and measuring face metrics to identify people. The idea is to convert shoebox collections of print photos into digital.
+ Kodak already has digital cameras with wireless networking, and os one demo showed the camera being used for VOiP telephone calls -- the camera becomes the cell phone, instead of the other way around. Plus calls would be much, much cheaper than cell phone calls.