[© Mike Shapiro]
It was only a question of time when companies which mainly operate in the “traditional” Stock Photo Industry (and some of their technology suppliers) would start to enter the world of mobile devices. 800 million camera-phones are forecast to be in use worldwide 2007 and 100 billion images will be captured with camera-phones in 2007 (sources: IDC and Nokia; keep in mind: these numbers are estimations).
Corbis recently have joined with mobile phone company Infospace to collaborate in providing photo and video content for delivery to mobile phones (downloadable video clips that include time-lapse cinematography, backgrounds and visual effects, action sports, Link).
Recently Superstock announced an agreement with wireless content provider 9 Squared, Inc., a provider of wireless entertainment solutions, to provide images to 9 Squared's network of mobile service providers and handset manufacturers ("more than 900,000+ contemporary, vintage, historical and fine art images" ... "We're excited by the prospect of this market segment", said Haim Ariav, President of SuperStock, Link).
Also a company dedicated to Image Search Technology has started to operate in this field. piXlogic´s software offers features as "Quickly find personal photos" (categorize and suggest a caption to each image), "picture based translation services" for multilingual environments and "shopping with an image", details here.