Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Polaroid connects with an Android-based camera with WiFi, Bluetooth, Geotagging, and optional cellular connectivity.



The other day I wrote that the camera market would develop or die in 2012. It was time for camera makers to develop products with more connectivity and computing power. More WiFi. More Bluetooth. More geotagging. More touchscreens.

And here's an immediate step in that direction. It's not by Samsung or Sony as I thought it might have been. It's from Polaroid.

Polaroid introduced their "SC1630" at CES, a camera that looks and acts more like a smartphone. It runs some build of Android providing it with connections to social-networking and image-storage services, and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth (no WiFi Direct). The product pages mention geotagging, but there is no mention of GPS, so it might depend entirely on Google's WiFi location data. It comes with some image editing apps and connect to the app store.

Some sites mention the option of cellular connectivity in the device. So it has a microphone and a speaker and various connectivity radios. At what point does this become a smartphone? You get the picture.

Video via Android Central from CES:

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