Updated: I’ve added pictures.
A little while ago I wrote about coming across the Eye-Fi while surfing the ‘net. An Eye-Fi is a nifty 2Gb SD card that has the ability to connect via WiFi to upload its pictures automatically to a variety of destinations. Earlier this week I decided that it was time to pick one up for myself, so I visited the Eye-Fi website and perused the list of online retailers. None of the retailers listed seemed to offer shipping to Canada, so I ordered one from Buy.com who were offering new Google Checkout users a $10 discount and had it shipped to the UPS Store just across the border in Ogdensburg. It shipped promptly and arrived at the store yesterday. I drove down after work on Friday and picked it up.
Upon returning home, I opened the courier bubble pack and was happy to see that it wasn’t sealed in one of those annoying plastic packages that you need a chainsaw to open, but rather simple plastic wrap. Opening the clever sliding package, I found the orange Eye-Fi chip in a sleek USB SD card reader. The instructions consisted of four basic steps:
- Plug it in and wait for Windows to identify it. (There’s also a set of instructions for Macs.)
- Install the software from the chip in the reader.
- Configure the Eye-Fi card for your wireless network and also where you want it to send the pictures.
- Put the card in the camera and make sure it’s working.
The only thing I did that’s not on that list was reboot between steps 2 and 3. I also updated both the Eye-Fi Manager software and the card’s firmware.
I configured it to send pictures to my Gallery2 site. All it needed was my username, password and the URL to the gallery. I took a couple of pictures and watched as they were retrieved from the camera. The pictures ended up in an album with today’s date in the name. Very cool!
So, basically, I can take pictures and when I get home, all I have to do is turn my camera on for a couple of minutes to allow it time to transfer the pictures. Very very cool!
At just under $100, it’s about four-times as expensive as a conventional 2 Gb SD card, but then those cards can’t wirelessly transfer their pictures to wherever the owner wants. Definitely worth checking out!
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