Electronic shutterbugs don't have to hassle with sliding memory cards into their PCs anymore.
Nikon and Kodak have recently released Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras that transmit pictures straight from the camera to your computer or printer through an adaptor. Someday you'll be able to go right to the Internet as well.
This is another example of how wireless communications has an almost unlimited ability to integrate itself into virtually any electronic product.
Although the market for these admittedly pricy products may be limited initially, the price will come down. And the idea of sharing photos by transmitting them at "wireless hot spots" such as cafes or airports has a certain appeal.
Just bring up the images you want to transfer and hit "go." Nikon's two models, the Coolpix P1 and P2, will be in the $400-$550 range in pricing and the adaptor is extra.
Visit Jeremy Zawodny's blog for some interesting notes and extensive commentary on the limitationsas well as the valueof the Nikon P1.
Nikon Coolpix P1 digital camera has Wifi! Can GPS next?.
Kodak has also released its $600 WiFi camera in their Easy Share line. Check out Gizmodo for more comments on this product.
Kodak EasyShare 1: Wi-Fi camera from a dinosaur.
Digital cameras continue to be hot sellers despite what some in the industry thought would be a slowing of sales this year. Many had predicted that cell phone cameras would slow digital camera sales, but this is not happening.