Digital cameras are appearing everwhere, and getting bolder.
Allienware last week sent me their new top-of-the-line notebook computer for review. Just larger than the O in this sentance, just above the 17" widescreen, is a built-in digital camera. Needless to say, my wife felt uncomfortable when I pointed out the camera she hadn't noticed.
Then there's Sony's new digital dictaphone. You know, for recording interviews and stuff. Their latest has a built-in -- yup -- digital camera and tiny preview screen. Mobilemag.com suggests it could be useful for photographing PowerPoint presentations and professorss chalkboard notes.
Then there's Samsung with 7-megapixel camera for cell phones. Seven megapixels!! How much is it gonna cost to transmit those megasize JPEGs over the cell phone ether? IT does, however, have a 3GB hard drive for storing photos, movies, and songs.
The creepiest has got to be the ROB-1 Camera Rover -- a ball-shaped camera that rolls around, controlled via Bluetooth communications from your cell phone. Go beyond just taking illicit photos in change room; now you can direct the camera to roll under the closed doors of toilet stalls -- from a distance of up to 150 feet.