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Futurist: How Long Until We Get the Smart Camera?

I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.

Is a phone like a swiss army knife? Lots of skills but not good at any of them?

Is a phone like a swiss army knife? Lots of skills but not good at any of them?

I Have a Few Product Ideas, Not All Are Good!

I published an article here on hub pages about three months ago or so talking about the concept of walking HUD. It was part of my futurist series and one that I still think is a pretty interesting idea. I know a lot of people that walk and run outdoors. Regardless of the weather, by the way, just outdoors. That isn't the only idea I have for something that would benefit both organizations and people. One thing that interests me is the concept of an RFID bracelet or another RFID device you can wear. The RFID Chip would connect to your cell phone. As long as they are close, nothing happens. But when your phone and that chip aren't in the same area, it shuts your phone off. The distance would need to be fairly small but large enough to lose your phone in your house. As a Bluetooth device, you could use that RFID connection to find the phone! Most phone snatching's occurred because someone is walking along the street holding their phone, and the thief grabs the phone and runs. Stopping and getting the bracelet also would be a little bit more of a direct attack. It wouldn't have to be by the way a bracelet could be any number of other objects. The reality is we could do that today. It would decrease the risk of cell phone theft, and at the same time, increase the security of the phone.


Realistically though, that is likely 5 to 10 years before something would be liable in a market. I do have other ideas, ways the technology could benefit people. I talked about 3D printers and 3D scanning many times. The reality of those two particular technologies today is that they don't impact a large enough market. Originally my thought was there would be a chicken in every pot and a 3d printer in the living room. I don't think that will happen now, but I do think in the next couple of years you will know somebody that owns a 3d printer! But likely, you will not own one yourself. That said, there are still many things that the concept of a 3D printer in the concept of printing will undergo in the next few years. The reality of printing will continue to evolve. But for me, the potential short-term market mover is that of the smart camera.


I'm also not going to throw out the wearable AI camera. While that's interesting, yeah, the AI would need to be good to capture what you want consistently. It would need to be always on. It would need AI, and that AI would need to learn how you like pictures. Fairly complex and honestly something that will come, just not right now!. The thing that I think is coming in sooner rather than later is the specialty smart camera. My fascination with cameras began many years ago. My first camera was a Kodak cartridge camera. I went from the cartridge, a film you didn't have to roll, inserted the cartridge. Then I went to a 35mm film camera. I was an early adopter of digital cameras. I grew up in the age before there were cell phone cameras. I upgraded my cell phone once to have a digital camera in my cell phone. There is still value for me having a shutter to click when thinking about a picture. I look to see pictures. But with the cell phone, you can react to pictures around you!

if you look up smart cameras, you get security cameras, what does that say about the market?

if you look up smart cameras, you get security cameras, what does that say about the market?

The Cell phone, jack of all trades, master of?

I do also wonder about the Swiss Army knife capability of the cell phone. Cell phones have GPS, maps, email, the Internet, and of course, a camera. Thus there are many more cell phones in the world of cameras than there are digital cameras today. I can't help thinking through the value of a digital camera in part because I grew up in the era before digital cameras. But also because I live through the smartwatch revolution also. Watches had begun to decline in the market until the smartwatch appeared. Then I know I talked about this before, but the concept remains intriguing to me—the concept of a truly smart camera.

Though I grew up in the age of film cameras, I'm not a good photographer. The rise of the digital camera made my ability to take pictures much better. Ultimately if you take a thousand pictures are likely to get one or two good pictures. But what if the camera could learn how you take pictures and automatically adjust the picture as you're taking it to make it better? What if the camera, using a high or learning behavior, could improve your pictures? If there are 50 people in front of you and you are taking a picture of 50 people, making sure all 50 are on the screen would reduce the number of camera failures. That is what a smart camera could do. A small camera, a focused digital camera, could on-the-fly switch from the various types of pictures available. Can you imagine the value of a selfie? They can also include where you took the selfie? That would be a 360 camera showing everything around where the camera is. Or cameras that could support massive digital zoom. So you could take pictures of distant objects easily. All of these things are possible with a smart digital camera. The question is, how much longer before one appears on the market? Because that I think is the next big thing in cameras. You are making the pictures taken by humans better. You could even build that into a cell phone operating system, ultimately making the smart camera available for everybody that has a cell phone. You're more likely to have a bigger market that way. And cell phones already have cameras for the most part.

I'll end today with the following; watches were declining. Smartwatches change that trend. Cameras have been declining ever since the birth of the cell phone. A smart camera could reverse that. PFF the camera was software inside the cell phone, albeit the smart camera was a standalone device that fully integrated with your cell phone. I'll end with something somebody told me a long time ago. Swiss Army knives are useful. They have all sorts of blades and values. But you wouldn't cut a tree down with a Swiss Army knife. There's a feature or function for digital cameras that the rise of the smart camera would again allow for energizing that market. The market needs a smart camera that makes every picture you take better, either before or as you take it!

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