The Digital Imaging Group (DIG) has launched an initiative to accelerate the adoption of wireless technology in digital imaging devices and to make it easier for consumers to use them.
The industry body, which includes companies such as Hewlett Packard, Agfa, Netimage and Eastman Kodak, announced the Wireless Image Transmission Initiative (WITI) at Spring Internet World in Los Angeles this week.
The group claims that wireless technology will make it quicker and easier for users of digital cameras, photo printers, PCs, and other imaging devices to exchange pictures.
It also claims that consumers should be able to do this without the need for software, cables or even computers.
George Lynch, chair of WITI and program manager at Hewlett Packard, said: "The DIG plans to fill the gap for wireless imaging solutions by developing an open standard as well as leveraging existing standards when possible."
"We plan to take the appropriate steps by first researching the state of the industry, identifying the problems, and then putting the pieces together to create a universal, open solution," he added.
The proposed WITI standard is intended to enable camera, printer, computer and imaging appliance manufacturers to transmit digital images to any compliant device using wireless technology.
For example, people will be able to order pictures using wireless personal appliances in their home or office or from the airport or bus stop, and receive them from a photo printer, photo kiosk or digital picture frame.
DIG's president, Lisa Walker said: "Wireless imaging will make it easier than ever for people to do what they want with their pictures. And what they want to do is share, with friends, family and business partners without the hassle of cables, driver software, or even PCs."
The WITI team is currently assessing the state of wireless standards because imaging software has different requirements to other wireless applications. But it intends to use existing standards as the basis for building an end-to-end specification to enable imaging devices to work together and provide easy to use, fast connectivity for consumers.
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