Kodak Innovation Reviewed
Almost more interesting than the camera may be Kodak's deal with Skype, which provides technology that allows customers to make calls using the Internet network. Kodak developed software that will essentially integrate phone calling and photo sharing in one neat little package. After deadline yesterday, Alexis Gerard of Future Image Report, one of the top analysts of digital imaging in the country, called to give his bullish take. He says the deal is very significant because it is the first real attempt to create a "sharing" experience over the Internet. "We've been saying for a long time that with these photo sharing sites, the sharing word is a complete misnomer. What they really are is photo distribution sites. The essence of the sharing is the interpersonal experience." This is now possible via Kodak and Skype, Gerard says.