Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd has indicated a plan to commercialize a digital camera from its LUMIX series featuring wireless LAN (WLAN) capability. The camera is likely to be released in the spring of 2008 or later.
The camera will be able to be connected to home networks and hot spots in town using its WLAN capability and upload photos to Google's "Picasa" photo sharing Website. Matsushita demonstrated operation of a prototype at the 2008 International CES.
In view of the commercialization of the WLAN digital camera, Matsushita has formed a partnership with T-Mobile USA Inc, a US telecom carrier. If you purchase a WLAN LUMIX, you will be able to use T-Mobile's 8,500 hot spots across the US for 12 months since you start using the camera.
To access the Picasa Website, you need to enter your T-Mobile ID and password as well as your Google account ID and password. Matsushita added a software keyboard to the LUMIX viewfinder's touch sensor so users can type text.