The Eye-Fi folks are at it again, this time announcing a new technology they plan to integrate into their Wi-Fi enabled memory cards. You were able to wirelessly upload photos before, and soon, you'll be able to upload video.
Eye-Fi have marked their first birthday with the launch of a new, special edition anniversary card. The new WiFi-enabled SD card now contains 4GB of storage rather than the standard models' 2GB. While as standard the new 4GB card does not come with any of Eye-Fi's more advanced features, such as geotagging or automatic hotspot uploads, these can be subscribed to separately.
Eye-fi is already a well known product. Their SD card already has an added geotracking function that makes it so you can automatically associate any pictures taken and then put on the card with the location they were taken in.
Lexar has partnered with Eye-Fi to bring out its own range of WiFi enabled SD cards for digital cameras. As with Eye-Fi's own range, the Lexar Shoot-n-Sync automatically transfers stored images to your computer once in range of your network. Initially the card will be available in 2GB capacity, though presumably Lexar will be working on packing in more flash memory alongside the shrunken networking.
Eye-Fi have announced an update to their range of WiFi-equipped SD memory cards. Now split into three models - Explore, Share and Home - various degrees of hotspot and geotagging are on offer. The top-end Explore sees Eye-Fi partner with hotspot company Wayport, allowing for automatic photo uploads in around 10,000 US hotspots. It also supports Skyhook's pseudo-GPS WiFi triangulation system to give each image location data.
EYE-FI, the world’s first wireless memory card that we have covered back in a few articles then, like the FCC approval or review wound-up, if that jog your memory, has teamed up with Nikon to bring you the same technology on the newly announced D60. The D60 will be the first ‘Eye-Fi Connected ’ digital camera that allows direct wireless images transfer straight from the camera to the photo sharing sites or computer.
Eye-Fi's WiFi-toting SD card looks ostensibly like the cure to the age-old "oh, the photos are all on the camera still" problem - not only does it pack 2GB of storage but can wirelessly offload all the images when it comes into range of a suitable network. The hands-on reports have been pretty favourable, too, although it would be wrong to say that Eye-Fi have scored a complete touchdown.
In case you haven't been keeping up on the latest news, or have a terrible short-term memory we told you that the Eye-Fi was recently approved by the FCC. This of course meant it would be launching soon. We just didn't expect it quite this soon.
Think back, way back to last August when we brought you news of a cool SD card that not only stores your pictures, but sends them via WiFi to your computer. Well, said card has finally gotten the thumbs-up from the FCC, so we should expect to hear about an actual release date sometime in the near future.
In April, Pentax unveiled the Ricoh GR compact digital camera, something that it is releasing in a limited edition model with a production run of 5,000 units. Though the specifications have stayed the same, the camera has scored a new design, with Pentax adding a greenish-blue hue to the shooter and a wave-like pattern.