This is coming by way of BBHub, who picked it up before anyone else. The USPTO has published RIM’s patent application for a device that controls a digital camera. The big surprise here isn’t that the patent is out, but what it seems to describe: not a built-in BlackBerry camera, but wireless control of a digital camera from your BlackBerry. Check it out.
Here’s the patent abstract:
A camera system and associated method including a digital camera that captures an image and creates a digital signal representative thereof and a wireless control apparatus. The digital camera wirelessly transmits the digital signal to the wireless control apparatus. The wireless control apparatus includes a display device, such as an LCD, for displaying a displayed image based on the digital signal. The wireless control apparatus also includes an input apparatus used to cause the wireless control apparatus to generate one or more controls signals which are wirelessly transmitted to the digital camera for execution thereby.
Sounds to us like it definitely explains a BlackBerry designed to work with a digital camera. But don’t the “wirelessly transmitted” parts give you pause? They don’t seem to be talking about one device, but a patent for a device to control a digital camera! Here are the rest of the patent images which helped to lead us to the same conclusion and a link to the patent application on the USPTO website. If anyone can better breakdown the legalese, please email us.
A block diagram of the digital camera.
A block diagram of the “wireless control apparatus.”
An illustration of the digital camera.