Samsung is in talks with 3 about adding built-in 3G Web connection to devices other than phones.
A member of 3's mobile broadband team told us the team had met with Samsung to discuss the possible applications of 3G in assorted devices. Cameras were discussed as a case study, and that's all the excuse we need to fire up Photoshop and bust out this shonky mock-up -- above -- of what a 3G camera could look like. Ideas included the option to geotag pictures while on holiday, upload them automatically over 3G and have prints waiting for you when you get home.
3 offers a number of 3G Samsung mobiles, including the Jet and . Samsung, meanwhile, is committed to connected cameras, with the excellent at the top of the range, and the just-launched with GPS and with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Connecting to the Web is one of the better ideas in the curent in the camera market, and -- judging by some of the feedback from you 'orrible lot on this very site -- one that could win over the general public faster than John Sergeant in a unitard.
Wi-Fi is faster than 3G for uploading and downloading, but requires you to be connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. 3G, meanwhile, is more widespread. Cameras or other mobile devices could, for example, be set to upload in the background as you pootle around, to save you seeking out a Wi-Fi connection. We could even see full phone functions on a camera-like device, meaning you wouldn't have to compromise with the tiny lens and sensor in today's camera phones.
3 is also considering the possibility of adding a mophie Juice Pack-style cases. Samsung and 3 would have to address the battery-draining issues this could create.technology to devices, either built-in or as
All this is still at the blue-sky-thinking stage, so there's nothing on the drawing board as yet. But it's part of an exciting trend towards meaningful convergence: in the year of