Kodak Slice, Digital Camera with Facial Recognition and Touch screen

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Another CES unveiling:  Kodak will have a new entry to their consumer-grade digital camera line–Slice, available in April 2010.  The 14MP camera will feature a widescreen 3.5″ color touch screen and built-in facial recognition software in order to instantly tag and search for your friends from your customized database.  Up to 20 unique faces can be stored and the software will be able to recognize up to five faces in the same picture.

If still images aren’t your thing, it also captures 720p HD video and provides editing capabilities to pull out individual frames for sendable still shots.  The camera itself doubles as a photo album, displaying copies (original photos are stored on your MicroSD/HC card–not included) of your pictures in its onboard 2GB memory for cropping, tagging, searching, etc all at the flick of a finger across the touch screen.

All that it’s really lacking is WiFi, which would have made this the perfect camera for what it seems intended for–social networking integration.   However once connected to a computer, there is a one touch upload feature to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, etc which will maintain all of your custom tags.

Kodak Slice will be available in three colors (black, red, and silver) for $349.95 through Best Buy and online retailers.

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