After half of earth has looked closely at the BlackBerry “Image Capture” patent, the CameraBerry as I like to call it, it would appear that US patent 2006/0146140 is not a BlackBerry with a camera in it all. I it looks like the “Image Capture” that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was talking about is a new feature that would allow pictures to be transferred directly from a digital camera to a BlackBerry.
All I can say in this one is Wow, RIM just doesn’t get it.
There are several reasons why I don’t think “Image Capture” will take off. The first and foremost is that most people carry a mobile device with them all the time, however, most don’t carry a digital camera with them. The reason for sticking a camera in a BlackBerry would be to kill two birds with one stone. Allowing me to transfer my pictures from my camera to my BlackBerry isn’t a compelling enough reason for me to start carrying a camera everywhere I go.
A second reason is that if I am going to use a digital camera, I am not going to take a low quality photo just so that I can send it via email from my BlackBerry. Here in the U.S., less Verizon, the carriers are just two slow to send large files with any frequency.
The whole point of a BlackBerry with a digital camera in it is so that when I am in the park and I see a dog walking on just it’s front two paws, I can take a picture of it. When I see a woman breastfeeding while driving her car, I can take a picture of it. When I see an adult goose with it’s wings spread facing traffic to stop it while gooselets cross the road behind it, I can take a picture of it.
If I would have had a digital camera on me at the time, I would have taken a picture of all three of these things. Unfortunately, however, I only had my BlackBerry and even if it did have “Image Capture”, I would have still probably only had my BlackBerry.