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Eric Ogren
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Eye-Fi Stuffs Wi-Fi Radio Into An SD Card, Enables Wireless Storage

You might be scratching your head wondering why on earth you want an SD card with a Wi-Fi radio, but just think of the wonderful uses. Now you can beam your pictures straight to your favorite photo sharing site without editing them first!

You might be scratching your head wondering why on earth you want an SD card with a Wi-Fi radio, but just think of the wonderful uses. Now you can beam your pictures straight to your favorite photo sharing site without editing them first!This one has been a long time coming. Eye-Fi first announced its intent to create this little bugger back in April of 2006. Here we are in the twilight of 2007 and it is finally hitting the street. Basically, the Eye-Fi is a standard SD card with 2 Gbytes of storage and an 802.11g Wi-Fi radio on board. Unlike other SD slot-fitting Wi-Fi solutions out there, this one will not protrude from the slot and is the exact same size as a regular SD card.

What it lets you do is wirelessly transfer pictures from a digital camera directly to a computer (both Mac and Windows) and then on to the photo sharing service of your choice. This will negate the use of USB or other wires to connect your camera to your computer, and with 802.11g, upload speeds should be pretty snappy. This is a surefire solution for cameras that do not come with Wi-Fi already on board. It draws power from the camera, and requires only a simple software install on the PC side of the equation to get up and running.

For professional shutterbugs who need to take pictures out in the field, such as insurance appraisers or Realtors, this could be a useful solution. Anything that helps speed or simplify the process of uploading photos is a step in the right direction.

Of course, the Eye-Fi is probably another nightmare to add to the list of things that are considered "dangerous" in most IT admins' minds.

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