Bulgarian flower power
By Ian Burley
Spotted at CeBIT 2002 - a compact combo digital camera and MP3 player from a Bulgarian company modestly called Daisy Technology. And this is it (see below):
This little gem, called the Photoclip, is a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 music player and a digital voice recorder, all in one. It can also take video clips and has an integrated Web server for Web cam applications. Up to 64MB of internal memory can be specified by OEM customers and removable storage is supported in the form of Compact Flash Type I cards. When connected to a host PC via USB, the Photoclip is seen as an external hard drive.
The lens is a simple fixed focus non-zooming type, but Daisy emphasise that itís of all-glass construction.
Above is a view of the rear of the camera. The blue part to the right is the battery holder and this doubles as a swivelling grip.
We were told that Daisy is a by product of the end of the cold war. The company was formed in 1990 and was comprised largely of engineers who previously worked on high technology military projects.
A prototype of the Photoclip was shown at CeBIT last year and the trek to Hannover from Bulgaria seems to have paid off as Daisy has signed up a major German-based European consumer electronics brand as an OEM customer for the Photoclip.
For more information on Daisy Technology, see their Web site at: www.worldisdigital.com.