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A Bluetooth-Enabled Flash Reader for Photographs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131848D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

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Abstract

Bluetooth profiles exists for many function. For example, there is a Bluetooth profile specification titled Basic Imaging Profile, which includes support for image transfer between a digital still camera and a handheld device. If existing mobile devices do not include support for this profile, people who already own non-Bluetooth-enabled cameras would be unable to use their camera with their mobile device without having to buy a new camera.

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BLUETOOTH FLASHCARD PHOTO READER

A Bluetooth-Enabled Flash Reader for Photographs

Disclosed Anonymously

Bluetooth profiles exists for many function. For example, there is a Bluetooth profile specification titled Basic Imaging Profile, which includes support for image transfer between a digital still camera and a handheld device. If existing mobile devices do not include support for this profile, people who already own non-Bluetooth-enabled cameras would be unable to use their camera with their mobile device without having to buy a new camera.

This proposed invention allows for the user to easily transfer pictures taken by their existing camera to a mobile device via the Bluetooth protocol without having to purchase a new camera. The concept is similar to existing flash-card readers for a desktop PC. However, rather than connecting the reader to a PC via USB or IEEE 1394 (Firewire), the reader has an integrated microprocessor and Bluetooth transceiver. It is capable of reading the images on a flash card taken from a digital camera and inserted into the flash memory slot, and behaves as an Imaging Responder, providing the images stored on the flash memory card to an imaging initiator for further use (i.e. email). The user is able to continue using their existing digital camera, and only needs to insert their flash card into the device.

Existing USB flash drivers exists today that use similar technology. However, these USB flash readers require the use of a PC and appear as add...