From the documents, it's possible to infer
that Kodak plans to release a Bluetooth-enabled digital
camera that would let photographers sync up with their
printers, viewers, computers and cell phones.
News of the mobile transmitter license application was first
reported by Sandeep Chandur, a blogger for MobileWhack.com.
Photos of the internal device from the FCC Web site surfaced
on the Internet over the weekend as more blogs linked to
While some photos of the transmitter remain on an FCC Web
site (click for PDF), some of the information on the
complete device was taken down from the site on Monday.
In its place a "Short Term Confidentially Request" has been
put up. According to an FCC representative, companies have
the option to request some form of confidentiality when
filing an equipment authorization application, or Form 731.
"Kodak does not comment on unreleased products," said Cindy
Lee Douglas, worldwide public-relations assistant for Kodak.
News of integrated Bluetooth technology is not a surprise,
as Kodak's "You take the pictures. We'll do the rest"
promotional film, shown at its Consumer Electronic Show
press conference earlier this year, featured syncing
technology from one Kodak device to another.
Some would consider a Bluetooth-enabled digital camera a
logical next step, because Kodak already offers Kodak
Bluetooth-enabled printers, picture kiosks and USB adapters
as well as Wi-Fi cards for its cameras.
Kodak CEO Antonio Perez also announced a plan in January to
partner with Motorola for the purpose of developing
higher-quality camera phones.