Kodak Slice Camera Includes Search and Face Recognition

Kodak has taken the wraps off a spate of new digital image sharing technologies at this year’s CES show, including the new Kodak Slice touchscreen camera, featuring a 14 megapixel resolution, a3.5-inch touchscreen viewfinder display, smart capture mode, and face recognition feature that enables users to quickly search and sort through up to 5,000 photos stored in the camera not just by date or location but by person. And once users find the pic they want, sharing it with others via services like Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook is just one button away.

Kodak Slice (back) (CES 2010)

“Kodak knows that consumers want the ability to share life’s memories at a moment’s notice, whether it’s pictures that evoke a tear or just the funny everyday moments,” said Kodak’s John Blake, in a statement. “The power of sharing and reliving life’s moments drove the development of our new Slice Camera.”

The Kodak Slice features a 14 megapixel resolution, a 5× optical zoom, and a 3.5-inch 16:9 touchscreen interface. The camera sport optical image stabilization along with 2 GB of internal memory and microSD/microSDHC removable storage. The camera features smart capture technology offers intelligent scene detection and image capture, and the camera can capture 720p HD video at 30fps with sound—and if you’re really adventurous you can even edit the video in-camera and save out single frames as stills.

The heart of the Slice camera is probably the Slice Search feature, which enables users to organize and search photos by time, date, location, and—thanks to face recognition software—even by person. Users can also set up their own tags. Once users find the image(s) they want, users can just tap the Share button to push the material to sites like Flickr, FaceBook, YouTube, Kodak’s own Kodak Gallery, or plain old email—however, the camera doesn’t have Wi-Fi or integrated wireless connectivity, so the transfers happen when the user hooks the camera back up to their computer.

Kodak Slice (front) (CES 2010)

Kodak anticipates the Slice will be available by April 2010 for a suggested retail price of $349.95 in black, nickel, and a “radish” color.

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