One point about cameraphones I probably should’ve emphasized a bit more is that they are connected to the internet. Not only does this make them much easier to use in an everyday sense (rather than downloading to a PC before sending via email), but it opens them to lots more practical uses besides just taking pictures. Cameraphones consist of an image sensor attached to a device that is nearly always attached to you (the user!). So why not use them to scan barcodes, read text and query related information via the network, capture images of nearly anything and convert that image information to other formats in the background via web-services on the camera’s network?
So, that’s what some smart startups are going after. And I’d expect more of this too in the coming year.
I guess the main impediment is the expensive internet data plans currently offered the wireless carriers. If they can just make it cheaper, I think we’d see more mobile services, and lots more data usage by ordinary users.