Earlier, I wrote about one person's quesion about how to eliminate the computer from the digital photography process. Currently, the computer is central; thru it, pictures are taken off the camera, stored, backed up, adjusted, and printed.
Last week Olympus described their system for eliminating the computer: "the Olympus Total Imaging Solution breaks free from the stringent requirements of the current computer-reliant imaging process." Their new camera replaced the computer in being the center of the photographic process. The parts consist of:
* Photograph: i:robe IR-500 digital camera with a 2.5" rotating display (US$499.) The camera runs an internal picture organizer that lets you sort photos into 12 categories or by date.
* Organize: S-HD-100 40GB hard drive ($299.99).
* Print: P-S100 dye-sublimation photo printer ($199.99) makes 4x6" prints.
* Archive: DVD burner (not yet priced).
Missing from the list is a way to adjust images, the non-computer equivalent of PaintShop Pro.
The camera slides into a dock that connects to the hard drive, printer, and DVD burner, and charges the battery. The press release notes that these devices are not limited to Olympus cameras, but work with "any" device supporting USB v2. I have my doubts over the word "any." Oh, and these products still work with " most computers/operating systems." Delivery date is unknown.