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Group sets guidelines for camera phone image printing

Group sets guidelines for camera phone image printing

An industry group has released a set of guidelines it claims will help enable trouble-free printing of pictures taken from a wide range of mobile phones.

The guidelines are from the Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC), which includes household-name consumer printer vendors and major mobile phone makers, and the technical standards cover connections between printers and a range of storage and wireless technologies including Bluetooth, memory cards and PictBridge technology, the group said.

PictBridge is a standard that allows users to directly connect compatible cameras and printers together and then control the printer via the camera's interface and is now a common feature on many printers.

The announcement did not mention which types of memory cards will be part of the standard.

Any products that follow the MIPC technical guidelines will work together, according to the group.

Version 1.0 of the technical standard was published on the MIPC website, recently.

The MIPC planned a Plugfest - an event where the interoperability of devices is tested - to take place somewhere in Asia in April, it said.

MIPC was founded by Canon, Epson and HP in February 2004.

Members also include Fuji Photo Film, Eastman Kodak, Motorola, Olympus, Nokia and Samsung.


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