With today’s release of RIM’s patent application for a BlackBerry-controlled digital camera, a number of questions have been flying around the BlackBerry Cool watercooler. First off is the question of whether or not we’re happy with RIM continuing to walk the line between consumer and enterprise needs. Certainly, if this functionality arrives in enterprise-focused BlackBerrys, it will be a major boon for companies who need it while still allowing security minded organizations (we’re looking at you, NSA) to use the device. But is it enough? Will this type of camera integration ever appeal to the consumer market (we say no)? Do you believe that this is only one phase of RIM’s plan (keep in mind that just because this patents out there, it doesn’t mean that RIM isn’t also working on patents for consumer BlackBerrys with built-in cameras)?
Post a comment and let us know if this patent is an indication that RIM is making good decisions or getting it all wrong. The person with the best comment will receive three free Magmic games. LAST WEEK’S WINNER was Thought, who, while impressed by RIMâ€™s earning report, also had a keen eye out for RIMâ€™s future challenges (properly integrating multimedia features into the BlackBerry while keeping the price down). Nice thinking, Thought!