8MP Camera On iPhone 5G – Already!

I am sometimes skeptical about analysts and their predictions. Somehow, their “inside sources” always seem to know more than what they should be. And here is one more rumor that keeps the skeptic in me alive and kicking.

Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar has “revealed” that Apple is already working on the features for its fifth generation iPhone due for release in the middle of 2011 and that the company shall be offering an 8 megapixel camera in this model. All this sounds fine, except that Ashok Kumar has also unearthed information that Sony shall be manufacturing the 8 megapixel camera chip.

The last bit of news is interesting. While I may not be in the business of procurement, I doubt Apple has already started awarding contracts for a device to be out over 15 months from now. While it is possible that Ashok Kumar’s sources have revealed that Sony is one of the companies that Apple is talking to, it is unbelievable that the contract is already awarded for iPhone 5G. Imagine the cost variations that can happen between now and then!

[via The Street]

Mobile Phone Camera With Sound-Based Remote Control

Let us say you are with a group of friends and want to take a group-snap. It is always possible to use your camera’s timer device to set the focus and run to your positions. But this does not always help when you have to take several pictures with your friends since it would mean you have to run to and from your camera several times.

Sony Ericsson has described a new sound-based remote control technology for their smartphones that could make taking self-portaits a pleasure. The phone shall come with a ‘Sound Photo Trigger‘ option that can be turned on or off as required. While the trigger is on, the user may either use specific sounds or use speech recognition technology to trigger the camera by uttering certain words. The inventors write in a patent application,

“Trigger sound determination may be performed by detecting a rapid deviation of sound from sensed ambient noise level. For example, the user could trigger exposure of a photo by stamping a foot, snapping fingers, clapping a hand against a body, or by other sharp sounds. As an alternative, speech recognition can be used as a trigger mechanism. A predetermined word or phrase may be chosen as a photo trigger and stored as data in the phone memory. Speech recognition processing can be performed on received speech signals to trigger an image exposure if the predetermined word or phrase is recognized.”

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Sounds interesting, but I would be surprised if such a technology didn’t already exist..It feels like 2002..