Eye-Fi cards are cute little Wi-Fi memory cards that combine best of both worlds to allow you to upload images directly to the internet from your digital camera as the photos are taken. These wireless SD/SDHC memory cards are designed to eliminate the headache of transferring photos. They use your home Wi-Fi network to get the photos from your digital camera to your PC. The Eye-Fi card can also upload your photos to one of more than twenty online photo sharing sites including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.
Eye-Fi cards have triggered rave reviewssince they were announced I found some of them worth mentioning here.
“A marriage of innovation and vision may have hatched the Eye-Fi cards, but something larger is also at work here. Next-gen Wi-Fi networking is finally allowing lowly hardware to be integrated with web apps and software” says Cliff Kuang of Wired.
“The one thing I wish my digital camera had was Wi-Fi so that I could auto-upload photos without the extra hassle of connecting the camera or memory card to a computer. There are digital cameras being released now that have this capability. However, the vast majority of digital cameras sold, plus the 100 million digital cameras already out there, don’t have any wireless capabilities.
Eye-Fi is tackling the problem from a different perspective. They’re building Wi-Fi directly into the flash storage. Their first product will be a 1GB SD memory card with built in Wi-Fi. For about the same price as a 1 GB flash memory card sells for today. You’ll be able to upload photos, or whatever, directly from your device to a computer using the built in storage Wi-Fi capabilities,” says Michael Arrington at TechCrunch.
“This isn’t any ordinary SD memory card and it does offer something fairly unique; Wi-Fi connectivity and automated image transfer for any digital camera which takes SD memory card. As you can see from the image above the Eye-Fi card is the same size as any other SD memory card but contains not just a Wi-Fi unit but also 2 GB of flash storage (an impressive enough feat alone),” says Digital Photography Review.