ArcSoft is demonstrating its new Smile Detection, Blink Detection, and D-Lighting Embedded Solutions for digital cameras and camera phones this week at PMA 2007. Together with ArcSoft’s existing and widely touted Embedded Solutions, these technologies give camera makers the opportunity to provide advanced enhancement functions built in to their devices. “Today’s digital capture devices, particularly camera phones, are everywhere now,” said Michael Downs, ArcSoft Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “With our Smile Detection, Blink Detection, and D-Lighting technologies embedded into their devices, people can capture better photos and avoid common problems, such as closed-eye.”
A jury of photographic imaging experts has determined that output from the DKS 1770 and DKS 1610 digital minilabs, manufactured by KIS Photo-Me Group, is superior to any of its competitors, and has awarded the minilabs first prize in this year’s DIMA Shoot-Out image quality competition, it was announced at the Photo Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show here. This is the fifth straight year that DKS minilabs from KIS Photo-Me Group have taken top honors in the DIMA Shoot-Out. This year, the DKS 1770 was selected for best image quality in the up-to-12-inch-wide category, while the DKS 1610 was selected best in the important up-to-8-inch-wide category.
While most exhibit booths at the Photo Marketing Association trade show are displaying imaging equipment, the KIS Photo-Me Group is dedicating significant space in its booth to My Creativ’ Corner - where show attendees can see and brainstorm ideas for creative consumer photo products that increase a photo retailer’s profits as well as its reputation among consumers, KIS Photo-Me Group said. In My Creativ’ Corner, KIS Photo-Me Group imaging experts will present and discuss numerous creative photo product concepts to stimulate attendees’ ideas for creating fun, exciting photo products that consumers today say they want. All of the display samples can be produced using KIS Photo-Me Group imaging products.
Photo-Me International plc announced that the company will conduct market trials later this year of a new category of high-speed photo kiosk using Memjet inkjet technology. Memjet inkjet technology, developed by Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd., is being commercialized by Memjet Photo Retail Ltd. Market trials of the new inkjet photo kiosks are expected to get underway by the third quarter of 2007 at selected Photo-Me customer sites in France, and later at other customer sites in Europe, the Americas and Japan. Memjet technology is based on a page-wide inkjet print head that enables low-cost, high-speed photo printing at currently unattainable levels, according to Photo-Me and Memjet Photo Retail.
DxO Labs announces a licensing agreement and a strategic cooperation with STMicroelectronics to develop and bring to market breakthrough imaging sensors and camera modules featuring DxO Digital Optics, a revolutionary embedded imaging technology. A generation of STMicroelectronics imaging modules will feature full auto-focus functionality without any motor or moving parts, enabling DxO Digital Optics fixed lens optics to deliver sharp images from a very short distance to infinity. The resulting products will initially target the high-end mobile imaging market DxO Digital Optics DAF EDoF Priority is just one of the implementations enabled by DxO Digital Optics technology.
Eastman Kodak Company demonstrated a range of digital imaging solutions aimed at helping retailers tap growing consumer demand to do more with their digital pictures. At the Photo Marketing Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition, Kodak unveiled a lineup of custom photo books, collages and digital photo merchandising products and services that can be produced in-store, on-line and at wholesale. “Each day some 315 million digital images are taken and stored, but not printed, creating a tremendous opportunity for retailers to help consumers do more with their digital images,” said Brad Kruchten, General Manager of Kodak’s Retail Printing Business and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company.
Imaging Network launches the multilingual, informative and interactive mobile phone Web site; LetsGoMobile. After several successful years with the multilingual digital photography Web site LetsGoDigital, Imaging Network has decided to broaden its expertise by launching LetsGoMobile. The new mobile imaging Web site is available in four different languages; English, German, Dutch and Turkish. Targeting the mobile consumer, LetsGoMobile aims to be a user friendly and easy to browse web magazine with numerous customized and interactive possibilities enabling visitors to globally share consumer product experiences.