Siemens turns cellphone into photo diary

Siemens developers say that the company has created software that aims to enable cellphone users to keep a mobile photo diary.

Siemens developers say that the company has created software that aims to enable cellphone users to keep a mobile photo diary, and is designed so that, when it is combined with the GPS satellite navigation system, photographs taken by the cell-phone camera are provided with location information

If the photographs are linked to a digital map, the exact locations where the photographs were taken are shown on a section of the map, and can be combined with handwritten notes or voice messages and sent to a recipient, the company adds.

While a computer monitor is currently being used, the program may later run using a cell phone display. The monitor is designed to show a section of a map on which each photograph is represented by an icon, while photos outside the displayed section are shown as icons on the edge. The mouse can be used to move the centre of the map, in order to display the photographs taken in other locations, which are enlarged when the user clicks on a photograph, Siemens continues.

Using a menu bar on the screen, it is said to be possible to view the photos in chronological order. If a photo is chosen from this bar, the relevant section of the map is moved to the centre of the screen, the company says.

By labelling the photographs with the location and time they were taken, the user can chronologically document a holiday or trade fair visit, Siemens adds. And by using a Bluetooth-enabled input device, such as a digital pen or a mouse, it is also possible to write notes on the photographs or to add sketches to them, the company concludes.

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