Lastly, Fujifilm announced a deal with Sprint to print pictures from its customers’ camera phones at retail photofinishing locations. Fujifilm’s "Get the Picture Online" connects to Sprint’s Picture Mail website (www.pictures.sprintpcs.com), where PCS Vision customers can look up retail locations by zip code for ordering prints. The site also provides viewing, managing, editing and sharing capabilities. Fujifilm and Sprint plan to offer print services to enable camera phone users to locate and forward their pictures to retail photofinishers directly from PCS Vision Picture Phones later in the year.
ePoint (www.epoint.ltd.uk) had the PhotoGenie at its booth, a digital photo kiosk that transfers image files to a local printer, minilab or central lab for processing. The PhotoGenie incorporates ePoint’s high-speed camera card reader, most of all camera memory cards like xD and Sony Memory Stick Pro. The software-controlled drive responds to manufacturers’ changes in memory card formats, as well as any software upgrades, which can be delivered remotely. The PhotoGenie also added infrared and Bluetooth capabilities for printing images from camera phones. PhotoWired.com is a VAR for ePoint’s digital kiosk systems.
Kodak (www.kodak.com) rolled out the new Kodak Picture Maker G3 Film Processing Station, a self-service kiosk that automatically processes consumer film using a dry film processing system originally developed by ASF. The Film Processing Station functions like a low-cost, self-contained minilab. When the film is processed, it generates a Picture CD, which serves as a digital negative for pictures captured on film, allowing consumers to preview, edit, select and print their pictures on a digital photo kiosk. Kodak’s G3 Film Processing Station connects to the new Picture Maker G3 kiosk, an instant digital printing system that can be configured with one or two dye-sub printers. Another version uses both printers simultaneously to output one 4 x 6–inch print every five seconds. Each Kodak 6800 thermal dye transfer photo printer outputs a single 4 x 6–inch print in 11 seconds, or a single 5 x 7– or 6 x 8–inch print every 20 seconds. Photo-quality prints are 300-dpi, continuous-tone images on glossy paper.
On the cellular side of things, Kodak announced a new Mobile Service (www.kmobile.com) that enables camera phone users to access their digital photos and phone-captured video at any time. Kodak Mobile Service users can store and organize their pictures and phone-captured video in one location, order prints from files, and share pictures with friends and family from a computer or camera phone. Each user will have specific services based on the mobile service provider and mobile handset. Users can order prints to be delivered through the mail via Ofoto Inc., or they can pick them up at their local photo lab.
Lucidiom Inc. (www.lucidiom.com) was upgrading its line of Automated Photo Machines, including several new features unique to digital photo kiosks. They included: Photo IQ, a suite of features such as automatic red-eye removal, aspect-correct cropping and automatic color corrections; and APMPhotos.com, an online photo site that enables customers to order prints and photo novelties from their photo retailer from their home.
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. (www.konicaminolta.us) rolled out a number of new models to its Konica Minolta R2 Super Digital Minilab System series, including the R2 Super 700 and 1000. All models feature the next-generation, high-resolution, 400-dpi Solid-state Electro-optic shutter Array Device (SEAD) Exposure Engine and can produce large-format prints up to 10 x 15 inches in size. The new Konica Minolta R2 Super Digital Minilab System series features a next-generation SEAD Exposure Engine capable of 400-dpi, high-resolution rendering of extremely fine tonal gradations with the richness of traditional silver halide photography. The series lineup includes four models, giving users a choice of models to match available installation space and required processing performance.
Noritsu (www.noritsu.com) was showing a new kiosk, the CT-2, replacing their popular CT-1, with upgraded software to allow the consumer more editing functions. The new, small-footprint, very consumer-friendly kiosk incorporates the Noritsu Consumer Terminal, Model 2, and up to three dye sub printers. The kiosk outputs to Noritsu’s dDP-411 dry inkjet printer.
Noristu also introduced a number of new digital minilabs, including the 3200 series, with three basic models: the 3201, 3202 and 3203. Each has a counterpart model (3211, 3212 and 3213) with similar features but with the Kodak DLS system incorporated as their software rather than Noritsu proprietary software. The series features a laser exposure system rather than the Micro Light Valve Array (MLVA) used in most of the Noritsu digital line. Another feature common to the line is Digital ICE, the scratch and dust remover developed by ASF. Hourly output rates of the new machines for 4 x 6 prints are 898, 1153 and 1454, respectively.
Olympus' photo kiosks now incorporate software that will output prints in the exact sizes required for mounting in a variety of existing frames.
Olympus’ (www.olympusamerica.com) new photo kiosks now
incorporate software that will output prints in the exact sizes
required for mounting in a variety of existing frames. The printer
will output the various prints on one sheet of wide-format inkjet
paper in the proper size and shape to match that frame’s
openings. The software will allow for the printing of such shapes
as triangles, hearts, circles, etc., depending on the style of
frame. The Olympus True Print is available in two models: TP-100, a
countertop model, and the TP-210, which includes a stand and
scanner. Both are equipped with the CP-8000, a 4 x 6 dye-sub
printer, and now come with a new 8 x 10 printer, model P-440, that
will output both glossy and matte finish.
Mitsubishi (www.mitsubishi-imaging.com) rolled out a self-service digital photo kiosk called the VC-2. The VC-2 Digital Photo Kiosk was jointly developed in Japan by Casio and Fuji Electric Systems and is designed to serve as an automated photo vending machine. The Digital Photo Kiosk can accept all standard digital camera media cards and takes advantage of four high-quality dye-sublimation printers, enabling it to print more than 400 4 x 6 prints per hour. Other features include an overcoat printing process that provides preservation and durability to the photos. The VC-2 uses Lucidiom’s customized APM software, boasting an easy-to-use ordering screen with voice prompts, intuitive cropping tools, automatic red-eye removal, color enhancement and credit card acceptance.
Oblò Multimedia (www.oblo.biz) introduced new features to its Multimedia Zero kiosk, as well as a new UNO kiosk with CD authoring capabilities. Both kiosks provide image editing and digital printing capabilities. The Zero Multimedia Kiosk also provides the option of combining customers’ digital photos with selections from Oblò’s licensed library of high-quality music to produce a multimedia slideshow for viewing on a PC or TV (via a standard DVD player). The UNO Kiosk combines images and music to create a slideshow for viewing on PCs. New features include wireless transmission capability, allowing the Zero and UNO to accept images from infrared- or Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Bluetooth and infrared technology in order to receive images from camera phones.
Pixel Magic (www.pixelmagic.com)
announced that its latest technology, Pixel Perfect Pictures, would
now be employed with all new kiosks and provided as an upgrade to
existing units. Pixel Perfect Pictures uses a combination of
software, printing and media technologies to improve image quality
by automatically analyzing every image and making corrections.
Pixel Perfect Pictures will be integrated into all new Pixel Magic
kiosks, including the iStation 150 and 250. The iStation 250 uses
One-Touch Digital Printing technology to give customers 4 x
6–inch prints with a single touch of the screen. The iStation
250 is an open-architecture touchscreen photo kiosk that provides
prints, CDs and image uploads from digital camera media. Both the
iStation 150 and 250 will also be equipped with Bluetooth and
infrared technology in order to receive images from camera
Polaroid Corporation (www.polaroid.com) was showcasing its 2-Second Digital Prints kiosk, with an easy user interface and very fast print output. It allows consumers to select, print and pay for 24 high-quality, 4 x 6–inch prints in two minutes. The Polaroid 2-Second kiosk is an all-in-one, self-serve system that delivers 4 x 6–inch prints every two seconds. The unit also offers a user-friendly touchscreen that requires only two steps to print.