Here’s some nice integration between different products…
The latest Eye-Fi card, the X2 range, can now use Devicescape technology to be able to connect to wireless hotspots, and some of the new X2 cards even come with 1 years worth of wireless hotspot access included in the price. By using Devicescape, it’s possible to configure your Eye-Fi memory card with your BT Openzone, Orange,, T-Mobile or Boingo user details, expanding the number of wireless hotspots you can connect to. There appear to be 4 cards in the new X2 range;
- The 4GB Connect X2, which supports over 25 sites (including Flickr)
- The 4GB Geo X2, which adds geotagging to the Connect X2
- The 8GB Explore X2, which as well as doubling the size, has the geotagging support, and also comes with 1 years hotspot access
- The 8GB Pro X2, which builds on the Explore X2 by adding support for RAW files and supports Ad Hoc transfers too
With manufacturers like Canon and Nikon now building Eye-Fi support directly into the firmware of their cameras (so if you are in range and transferring a file, even if you shut the camera down, it is likely the camera will keep the memory card powered that little bit longer), they are definitely worth considering; yes, they cost more than a traditional memory card, but it’s the convenience factor you are paying for.
In fact, imagine you are out shooting photographs for the day; your camera knows about the Eye-Fi card, the Eye-Fi is connected to yourdevice, and so your pictures are immediately uploaded whilst you are out and about, so that when you get home the pictures are already being displayed on your WiFi picture frame at home; that’s the type of integration we like here at ; it might need 3 or 4 different products, and some magical glue in the middle (such as a ), but it’s achievable by anyone today.
If you want to be even more clever, don’t forget you can use Pixelpipe with your Eye-Fi card (see here) which would allow you to distribute the pictures to multiple destinations with only one upload.