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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Transmit Camera  
  A camera that both takes pictures and uploads it directly to a news station.  

This idea is now being used in cellphones, of course, which allow you to take a picture and then upload it to a server where other people can see it. There are also cameras that offer direct connection for uploading your pictures.

I didn't hear Bish's reply. By that time, the tugs were almost to the ship. I grabbed up the telephoto camera and aimed it. It has its own power unit, and transmits directly. In theory, I could tune it to the telecast station and put what I was getting right on the air, and what I was doing was transmitting to the _Times_, to be recorded and 'cast later. Because it's not a hundred per cent reliable, though, it makes its own audiovisual record, so if any of what I was sending didn't get through, it could be spliced in after I got back.
From Four-Day Planet, by H. Beam Piper.
Published by Not known in 1961
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This is similar to an idea being implemented by police in the UK; see head cameras concealed in their uniform headgear.

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