The folks at the
Ricoh Digital Camera Division
have announced that their RDC-i700 digital camera is now able to operate wirelessly in any 802.11 environment. And although the camera’s online specs don’t mention it, the i-700 is Mac OS compatible, company spokesperson Brian Solis told MacCentral.
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802.11 is the wireless networking standard Apple supports in its AirPort products, and that various other companies support using products that are Wi-Fi certified.
The US$1,299 3.34-megapixel, Internet-ready RDC-i700 captures images and video, sends and receives e-mail including attachments, sends images of documents directly to fax machines, surfs the Web, creates image-rich documents and HTML files, and can FTP data and images directly from the camera. And the 802.11 “technological breakthrough” provides an unlimited number of solutions for business-critical applications that require images or live video to be delivered from remote locations by mobile users, according to Jeff Lengyel of Ricoh’s Digital Camera Division.
The RCD-i700 system can provide off-site project managers with live image feeds remotely, direct from camera, including high-resolution stills, full-motion streaming video or live broadcast feeds. It’s fully Internet Protocol (IP) addressable, with its address configured inside the camera so it is recognized as an independent device or node on a network.
The compact, handheld camera can broadcast what it “sees” at 320×240 pixels to a Web browser at a rate of 10fps (frames per second) providing a means to visually collaborate over great distances. Once logged on to the camera’s built-in graphical Web interface, remote viewers can control the camera in a variety of ways. Users can also capture ultra-high-resolution 3 million pixel images that are automatically transferred to a secure photo sharing and archiving site.
The RDC-i700’s readiness for connection to wireless 802.11 networks in any digital environment allows multiple cameras to be deployed and monitored simultaneously. The operating range of the camera is 300 feet from the access point when using 802.11, or up to three miles by using proprietary wireless systems. Users can connect to the camera through the existing network’s Internet gateway from anywhere in the world, Lengyel said.