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Once a camera / photo printer combination has been
set up in an Internet Cafe in a tourist destination,
electronic and (for the cost of printing)
real postcards of the vicinity can be sent,
not a fake backdrop, simply the current view.
Or, instead of an Internet Cafe, use a laptop/printer
on a street vendor cart with a battery,
connected to its Internet feed by wireless.
(This could initially be sponsored by the printer
If a short loop of frame captures is continuously stored
and updated, the sender may still be able to find
him- or herself on that loop, captured as part
of the street scene without being aware of it.
(Yes, this probably has privacy problems.)
Personalized Post Cards (Polaroid version)
As a product, not a service. [jutta, Sep 01 1999]
||From a CNN article about the
newly opened "metreon" in SF:
".. more than 1,600 visitors per day are
sending e-mail ``postcards'' of themselves
from the store".
(This is apparently virtual-only, though.)
Sep 04 1999, last modified Sep 18 1999|| |
||Baked. Several times over. I was at the Saint Louis Arch, and in the gift shop they had a machine set up, which took your picture, then sent an email post card. That was a good 3 or 4 years ago, too. Also, there's a site which sends out real post cards, with any image you want on them, including your own that you can download.
||Cool! Can you find a link to the real postcard site?