Just imagine this situation – your grand-ma who is situated at her remote native place with abysmally low internet penetration, sends you an email to enquire about your well-being and, at the same time, forwarding her medical reports to get them checked with some specialist doctor situated in your urban locality.
The most obvious question that would crop-up in your mind would be how can my computer illiterate grand ma forward me an email? Yes, there is an easy way to tackle this problem. But, not without a small hurdle to this – she would need a mobile phone with a camera.
Computer major Hewlett-Packard is almost ready with a newly researched technology that would convert any mobile with a camera into an unusual emailing device. This would, essentially, mean that you can send an email without any access to internet connection.
Let’s see how does it work?
First take a plain paper. Jot down your desirable email content on that paper. Of course, you also need to add the email address of the mail’s recipient on it. Once the writing job is done, photograph the text using the camera on the mobile phone. The above steps are easy to understand and perform.
It is at this stage that the HP technology comes under the purview for forwarding this captured content through emailing without any access to internet.
HP Labs is developing a software application that has to be loaded on the cell phone which will process the email image, in order to convert it into normal text, and send it to the addressee. However, this also means that software has to be compatible with every mobile handset available in the market.
Well, just forget about your grand ma for the time being. This new concept could come in handy even to you, if you’re one of those internet subscribers who face regular complaints about frequent disconnection from your service provider. In case of urgency, you can take a snap of your written content and send through your mobile loaded with this latest software application.
This new application could well serve the purpose to fill the gap between deeper mobile reach and comparatively much lower internet penetration.