GetFlashMemory posted an article the other day about the world’s first wireless memory card. I was very excited to hear about this technology and recently found a review of the Eye-Fi product.
This is what folks had to say:
Crunch Gear said:
All-in-all, this is a solid device. It is comparable to any 2GB SD card on the market but it gives you the ability to upload your pictures in a much cooler fashion. And if you canâ€™t wait, if you plug a loaded card into the USB reader, it will automatically upload your pictures to your photo service via USB. Yay, all-around convenience – Blake Robinson
So basically Eye-Fi takes a step forward by cutting out the middleman (in this case, a USB cable to your camera, or a media reader for your vanilla SD card), but two steps back in making the assumption that you want all of the tens (or hundreds) of megs of photos on the card uploaded in full res using your cameraâ€™s batteries, and yet donâ€™t need said photos in your photo app, not just some folder – Ryan Block
wireless networks are set up using the Eye-Fi website, not through any sort of interface on your camera itself, and youâ€™re limited to secured WiFi hook-ups rather than being able to take advantage of any open cloud you might pass through. Even with 802.11g, transfers of large resolution images could – and do – take a long time, and given that thereâ€™s no ability to select which to keep and which to throw (unless you delete them prior to connecting) it could be a frustrating experience – Chris Davies
Putting it all together I am glad to see this technology come to market and appears to be an appreciated process for downloading those oh-so-valuable photos.
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Eye-Fi is the world’s first wireless memory card. This means the flash memory not only stores data but has the ability to transmit the data via WiFi to another host system.
â€œDigital cameras have made it extremely easy to take pictures, but the rest of the process is a hassle,â€ said Jef Holove, chief executive officer of Eye-Fi. â€œThe Eye-Fi Card removes the barriers and lets users get to the fun part of sharing and printing their memories. Weâ€™re putting the magic back into photography.â€
Eye-Fi uses home wireless networks for picture and data download to home PCs and laptops. Simply turn on the camera or device and begin transferring data.
Eye-Fiâ€™s patent-pending technology works with Wi-Fi networks to automatically send photos from a digital camera to online platforms, in-home and retail destinations
Update:Â Reviews of Eye-Fi wireless memory card.
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