Atoms and Bits Interfaces

Three japanese companies are going to test a "returnable" digital camera + printing service in Japan. You pick up a camera to take some pictures, return to a processing center to select what to print, and leave the camera afterwards. About $16 for 24 prints. This only works in Tokyo, maybe HK -- where there is a well developed convinience store front network (atoms) to capture and convert bits between the real and data world. Does this mean that atoms can't live alone, and bits can't live alone? USA is missing the atoms network, due to the physical size of the general landscape. But how about metropolitan cities? They are still not city enough?