United States Patent 7,196,805
Toebes , et al. March 27, 2007

Consumer level device for automatically transferring digital images to an internet-based service provider


An apparatus and method are provided for processing digital imagery. A reference platform device is provided with network and telephone connectivity that enable it to establish a connection with a central server. Additional connectors are provided for attaching digital cameras and video equipment to the reference platform. The user can connect their camera to the reference platform and, by simply pressing a single button, initiate a new connection to the central server and upload the electronic image files. Once uploaded, the user can edit the image files using a standard web browser and have the processed images reduced to paper or compact disk and forwarded to another location for pick up or mailing.

Inventors: Toebes; John A (Cary, NC), Graham; Philip R (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 09/781,531
Filed: February 8, 2001

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