A whole day, trying to find more details about devices and services. I want to take a picture with such a phone, but, then upload it to a website.

When every picture tells a story Bill Thompson, BBC Friday, 3 January, 2003, 08:54 GMT

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2621745.stm

With cameras everywhere, technology consultant Bill Thompson wonders if we should be worried about where the images of ourselves are ending up.

…… it is also a pointer to a future in which visual records are increasingly available online, and this has some frightening implications. We will soon be surrounded by millions of picture phones, all with internet connectivity and the ability to send photos via e-mail, or upload them to websites.

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I’ve included this extract from the BBC tech website, ‘cos it confirms that a process I’m trying to do, does exist and IS possible.

Bill Thompson info and contact

Being a photographer, I’m very interested in the development of the digital cameras on mobile phones AND their application.

The system is being sold as ‘picture messaging’ ie. sending a photo from one mobile device to another. If the other party does not have a suitable mobile, if can be sent to an e-mail address, and viewed later on a PC.

Right then, none of this is news! However, I’m interested in another possiblity. That of taking a picture with such a phone, which I would be able to upload it to a website, thus be instantly viewable, by the public.

I can already, [as regulars on my blog will know] write some text on my WAP phone, and publish it to my blog.

Details of how I do this WAP to my Blog at:

http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2002_10_13_tash_lodge_archive.html#83088570

I have been able to do this for a couple of years now, but am finding so much difficulty in finding out, if I can add a picture as well.

I might be able to call myself a proper ‘internet photo-journalist’ then 🙂

When dealing with police / protest / evidence in the street, can you image how much the police are going to hate that? Not just by trouble-makers like me, but by very many members of the public who find authority being oppressive to them! In fact, Police Review has already covered this as a possiblity of concern to officers in an article by Superintendent Peter Woods of the Northumbria Police, in an article titled: ‘Candid Camera: how in the near future, mobile phones will change the work of the police’ . Police Review 27th September 2002.

As I say, I’m still looking into what devices and services, might be able to do this. Considerations are also picture quality, picture size, compression, memory capacity [number of saved images] and loads more!

After an afternoon round the shops, [where most shop assistants have though me to be talking Martian!]. I think it comes down to the following devices.

Sony Ericsson – P800

the alteratives being, the Nokia 3650 and the Samsung V200

Latest news on all this might well happen on these info sites.

Smartphones info center: http://my-symbian.com

Sony Ericsson P800 – Symbian News: http://www.symbian.com/news/2002/soneric-p800-2.html

GSM Arena: http://www.gsmarena.com

On-Message – Weblog and commentary on multimedia messaging from FableFlow

http://www.fableflow.com/weblog

Contact 2.0 expedition software: http://www.humanedgetech.com/contact

So, please, if you think you know more of the possibilities than this, or, have some advice to offer me, please e-mail me at: tash@gn.apc.org

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