Automatically transmitting images from an electronic camera to a service provider using a network configuration file

  • US 7,210,161 B2
  • Filed: 05/15/2001
  • Issued: 04/24/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/20/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of transferring one of more images from an electronic camera to a service provider, the camera including optics and an image sensor for generating an image signal, a display for displaying images, a plurality of user inputs, a first digital memory for storing digital images, a second digital memory for storing a network configuration file, and a communications interface, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) storing the network configuration file for the service provider in the second digital memory;

    (b) subsequently using the optics and image sensor to generate a plurality of image signals which are stored as a plurality of digital images in the first digital memory;

    (c) viewing at least one of the plurality of digital images on the display of the electronic camera;

    (d) using at least one of the plurality of user inputs to select at least one digital image for transfer to the service provider;

    (e) using at least one of the plurality of user inputs to initiate transfer of the selected at least one digital image to the service provider;

    (f) using the network configuration file, the electronic camera automatically establishing communications with the service provider and transferring the selected digital image(s) from the electronic camera to the service provider using the communications interface;

    (g) transferring from the service provider to the electronic camera, feedback indicating the status of the transfer process; and

    (h) displaying the status on the display of the electronic camera.

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