You may have seen Nikon’s series of Wi-Fi point-and-shoot digicams on the market and thought, "that’s a pretty cool idea". You’re not alone.
The folks at Eye-Fi have thought this way for some time now and are ready to release what they claim is the world’s first wireless memory card.
The goal is simple: allow anyone with a digital camera that uses the SD flash memory format, to upload their images both to their PC and to their choice of 17 web-based photo-sharing sites that the company supports, including Flickr and Facebook to name two of the most popular.
The 2GB card does this by way of configuration utility that you run on your PC or Mac, which tells the card how to reach your PC and which of the online sites you want to use. From then on, every time your camera is powered up and within reach of an available wireless network, the card transfers all of the images it has in memory.
The card can cope with secured wireless networks, but isn’t able to get around the splash-screen logons that many public hot-spots use to authenticate users.
At $99, this card isn’t the best bang for the buck in terms of storage, but considering the functionality it adds to non-wi-fi cameras, it’s an amazing value.
Check it out at eye.fi
[Thanks to engadget]
Update: Dpreview.com has posted a review of the Eye-fi and confirms the ease-of-use that the manufacturer claims, but they fail to be impressed by the card’s wireless range and transfer speeds. Thanks for the tip Bob!