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Kodak Introduces Wireless Printing for Mobile Phone Cameras

  • 17 August, 2004 15:44

<p>• Kodak EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus Makes At-Home Picture Printing Fast and Simple from Nearly Any Digital Source, Including Digital Cameras, Memory Cards and Phone Cams
• Kodak is the market leader for thermal photo printers in Australia</p>
<p>SYDNEY, August 17 — 4 x 6 inch prints can now be produced from images taken on camera phones with the new Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus launched today. The Printer Dock Plus will accept and print images that are transmitted wirelessly from mobile phone cameras using an infrared (IrDA) or Bluetooth connection.</p>
<p>The new model allows prints to be made directly from digital cameras and memory cards without the need for a computer. Using the Printer Dock Plus, waterproof Kodak pictures can be printed at home with just a touch of a button, in as little as 60 seconds each. Thanks to Kodak Color Science technology, the Printer Dock Plus delivers pictures with vibrant, accurate colours — including hard-to-reproduce skin tones. In addition, a new auto enhance button instantly corrects for underexposed (dark) shots, a common occurrence in low-light situations with camera phones and when using digital cameras beyond their flash ranges.</p>
<p>“We’re witnessing the phenomenal growth of camera phones, yet many handset owners aren’t aware how easy it is to print their pictures,” said Steve Morley, General Manager, Digital and Film Imaging Systems, Australia &amp; New Zealand. “Just as we helped digital camera owners solve the dilemma of sharing and printing their pictures, Kodak is doing the same with camera phone owners. We’ve made significant strides by installing camera phone-friendly Kodak Picture Maker kiosks at retail locations. Now the simple-to-use Printer Dock Plus brings that same benefit into the home.”</p>
<p>The Printer Dock Plus includes the ability to print one, two, four or nine images on each 4x6-inch sheet, which is ideal for both high-resolution digital camera and lower-resolution camera phone images. It incorporates PICTBRIDGE technology for printing directly from other manufacturers’ cameras; a built-in SD/MMC memory card slot; an optional external 8-in-1 memory card reader for using additional popular memory card formats; and a dedicated multi-function docking connector for Kodak EasyShare 600/6000 and 700/7000-series digital cameras. Kodak EasyShare digital camera owners also benefit from one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer and the convenience of camera battery recharging in less than 3.5 hours — plus reconditioning for improved Ni-MH rechargeable battery performance.</p>
<p>The Printer Dock Plus can be connected to a computer to print pictures stored on a hard drive, and is packaged with a sample photo paper and cartridge kit that enables people to print 10 Kodak pictures.</p>
<p>Pictures can be viewed on televisions connected to the Printer Dock Plus with an optional remote control to navigate and print from a distance. With its sleek, portable design, owners can take the Printer Dock Plus on vacation or to a friend’s home in a Kodak Printer Dock Travel Bag (A$89.95, NZ$99.95).</p>
<p>Incorporating both built-in infrared (IrDA) and optional wireless standards (e.g., Kodak Wireless USB Adapter for Bluetooth technology; available in October), the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus joins other products and services from Kodak that are helping make the growing number of camera phone images into Kodak prints.</p>
<p>An earlier version of the printer dock without the wireless, auto-enhancement and built-in card reader features is available for A$299, NZ$349.</p>
<p>Kodak EasyShare printer docks have taken the home printing market by storm within a year of their debut, achieving a number one market share in Australia according to GfK. The introduction of the Printer Dock Plus comes at a time when the installed base of camera phones is growing at more than 126 percent worldwide between 2003 to 2004, according to InfoTrends. This is buoyed by the recent introduction of 1-megapixel resolution models suited for snapshot printing.</p>
<p>The Printer Dock Plus is available at a suggested retail price of A$399 (NZ$449). Refills and optional accessories are available at the following prices:</p>
<p>• Remote control - A$39.95 (NZ$44.95)
• Kodak Printer Dock Travel Bag - A$89.95 (NZ$99.95).
• Colour cartridge and photo paper kit (PH-40) refill with 40 thermal photo prints - A$39.95 (NZ$49.95).</p>
<p>The Printer Dock Plus comes with Kodak’s new EasyShare software version 4.0 for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems provides effortless digital picture organisation, editing, sharing and printing. The new version includes the ability to edit pictures in third-party applications and optional Video CD and DVD burning. Its exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary colour technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers.</p>
<p>The award-winning Kodak EasyShare digital photography system — consisting of cameras, software, docks and printer docks, inkjet papers and accessories — makes taking, organising, sharing, and printing high quality digital pictures effortless. More information on Kodak EasyShare products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:
Gabriel Wong / Maria Bonanni
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Fax: (02) 9267 9466
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / maria.bonanni@networkpr.com.au</p>
<p>About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services &amp; media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyse and print images). With sales of $13.3 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications Group, offering on-demand colour printing and networking publishing systems consisting of three wholly owned subsidiaries: Encad, Inc., NexPress Solutions, and Kodak Versamark; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display &amp; Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital &amp; Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.</p>
<p>(Kodak and EasyShare are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. Schneider-Kreuznach and Variogon are trademarks of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH used under license by Eastman Kodak Company.)</p>

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