Camera phone users now able to send "real" wireless greeting cards along with a personal handwritten note
Paris, France - December 20 2004, Realeyes3D, a pioneer of innovative embedded applications for camera phones, today announced the launch of w-Greetings(tm) Birthday and Holiday editions. These new applications for camera phones bring personal handwritten notes back to where they should be - on virtual greeting cards. Camera phone users can now add a personal handwritten note to premium wireless greeting cards in just a couple of clicks, using an ordinary pen and paper. A first for camera phones, w-Greetings opens up a new opportunity for greeting card content owners, mobile carriers, as well as content providers to deliver new compelling premium services centered on content.
w-Greetings allows mobile users to select one of the included greeting card templates and add any type of personal handwritten message without the need for any specialized accessories. Based on Realeyes3D's patented ink extraction technology, w-Greetings' easy to use three-step process quickly analyses the image of the user's note and extracts it into the camera phone before adjoining it to the selected greeting card template. The result is a virtual greeting card with a crisp, legible handwritten text message that can be shared immediately with others. In addition to words, w-Greetings cards can include any type of content such as scribbles, drawings, or even artwork. For mobile users with non-Latin alphabets, w-Greetings is an ideal way to overcome the limitations of text messaging and quickly exchange highly personal wireless greeting cards, directly from the phone, for the first time.
"What is more natural than handwritten greetings on a birthday card or a happy New Year card?" asked Realeyes3D CEO Benoît Bergeret. "We are pleased to bring this breakthrough to the mobile content arena. Moreover, we are confident that w-Greetings will spark new interest in greeting card content for camera phone users, which demonstrates, once again, how handwritten messaging can generate new messaging applications for carriers. In just a couple of clicks all camera phone users worldwide can now send personal greetings for any occasion. Mass market applications of this magnitude create significant opportunities for both carriers and content providers."
w-Greetings, which launched initially on Symbian Series60, can be either carrier- or content provider-branded. This enables service providers to build an entire service based on premium greeting card content that they already own or distribute. Making its commercial debut on Nokia Preminet(tm), the software is "Symbian signed" and is available worldwide for users to download from Handango.com(tm) and Symbos.com(tm). Other platforms that will be supported soon include Windows ME and Java-enabled camera phones.
To learn more about w-Greetings during the holiday season and Chinese New Year, try it now at www.handango.com or www.symbos.com.
Realeyes3D S.A designs, develops and markets award-winning end-user applications and services for camera phones that enrich the user's experience and enable new forms of mobile messaging, gaming, and personal productivity. The Phone2Fun(tm) product portfolio enables camera phone manufacturers, mobile carriers, and mobile content specialists to increase their value proposition to camera phone users. A privately held company headquartered in Paris, France, Realeyes3D is backed by first-rate private investors I-Source Gestion (www.isourcegestion.fr), Siemens Mobile Acceleration (www.siemens.com/mobile- acceleration), and Partech International (www.partechvc.com). More information about Realeyes3D can be found at www.realeyes3d.com.
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