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Casio's watch camera gets colourful

Snap from your wrist

James Bond would appreciate this when he sends secret mission images taken by his wristwatch camera to M's personal computer.

The Wrist Camera WQV-3 features colour CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor with a 2.5 million pixel resolution and colour recognition of to 16.7 million colours.

The images, which used to appear in black and white (as shown), can now be viewed in colour. The updated watch should hit the shelves in October.

Casio unveiled its first wrist camera, a monochrome model, in June last year. Its size and weight coupled with the digital still camera function caused a sensation.

But since then, users have requested the company develop a colour version.

The colour images can be only viewed after they have been transferred to a PC because the wrist camera's display still remains in black and white.

Data transfer between the devices can be accomplished using an infrared link from the wrist camera to any PC with an IrDA interface. "The product is basically a watch," Nishizawa said. "A wrist watch with a port does not look smart, so we decided to use infrared light for networking."

Up to 80 images can be stored on the wrist camera, which is equipped with 1MB of flash memory.

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