Friday, December 14th 2007

I spy the Eye-Fi

As it is commonly known SD cards are getting larger and larger in storage capacity and yet smaller in size. The Eye-Fi takes Secure Digital or SD memory a step further by building in Wi-Fi capabilities. The moment you walk in your home this little SD card can automatically transmit your photos from within your camera to your computer(via your wireless network). If you desire it can also simultaneously upload them to your favorite social networks. Now one would suspect that this leaves little room for pictures, but their is also 2GB of on-board memory. For those of you who ever said "Where is my USB cable?" This might just be for you. It has a MSRP of $100 USD, and might make a good holiday for any photo lovers. One can only imagine what other interesting uses this product will have with some modification.


Some specifications:

Features

* Uploads photos automatically from Eye-Fi Card inside your camera. Built-in Wi-Fi connects to your home network.
* Provides free and unlimited photo uploads to your computer and your favorite photo or social networking website via the Eye-Fi Service. Photo transmission is secure and private.
* Supports sharing and printing websites, including KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Wal-Mart, Snapfish, Photobucket, Facebook, Webshots, Picasa Web Albums, SmugMug, Flickr, Fotki, TypePad, VOX, dotPhoto, Phanfare, Sharpcast and Gallery.
* Handles full-resolution jpeg images and intelligently re-sizes photos if limited by your chosen photo or social networking website.
* Features Eye-Fi Manager for easy set-up of wireless network and photo upload preferences.
* Fits digital cameras that use SD memory cards.
* Offers 2 GB of memory to store photos on the card.
* Includes USB memory card reader to make set-up easy.

Technical Specifications

* Wi-Fi Security: Static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
* Range: 90+ feet outdoors and 45+ feet indoors
* Storage Capacity: 2.0GB (1GB is defined as 10^9 Bytes)
* Power: advanced power management optimizes use of camera power
* Card Dimensions: SD standard 32mm x 24mm x 2.1mm
* Card Weight: 0.1oz.

Eye-Fi Product Box
Requirements

* Eye-Fi Card requires Internet connection to set-up and WiFi network for wireless transfers
* Eye-Fi Card works with virtually all digital cameras accepting SD memory cards
* Eye-Fi Card works with 802.11g, 802.11b and backwards-compatible 802.11n wireless networks
* Eye-Fi software works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X (10.3 and 10.4)
* Eye-Fi software works with Internet Explorer 6 and 7 (Windows only), FireFox 2.0 (Windows and Macintosh)Source: Eye-Fi
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14 Comments on I spy the Eye-Fi

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
well it is about time!
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#2
Seany1212
That is frickin awesome :rockout: so i'll be able to walk into my house with this in my phone or something and it'll be picked up on a wireless laptop and can transfer music to and from it? :twitch:
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Seany1212
That is frickin awesome :rockout: so i'll be able to walk into my house with this in my phone or something and it'll be picked up on a wireless laptop and can transfer music to and from it? :twitch:
sounds like it! pretty sweet.
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#4
NamesDontMatter
by: Seany1212
That is frickin awesome :rockout: so i'll be able to walk into my house with this in my phone or something and it'll be picked up on a wireless laptop and can transfer music to and from it? :twitch:
I dunno, I believe its just for photos right now, but music and stuff is where I hope the enthusiasts come in.
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#5
panchoman
Sold my stars!
whoa, thats preety damn sweet, and the price is decent, i mean lots of photographers might use this
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#6
Triprift
What an age we live in anything that makes me even more lazy is got to be good :p
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i will use it, and then i will hack it so i can steal your pictures directly from your camera!! muahahaha! queues CIA and FBI ...
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
hack = bad lol.

how do we set security settings to it? WPA/WEP passkeys?

how is it powered? from the device its in? (so in a camera, the camera needs to be on for it to run?)
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#9
kakazza
by: Mussels
hack = bad lol.

how do we set security settings to it? WPA/WEP passkeys?

how is it powered? from the device its in? (so in a camera, the camera needs to be on for it to run?)
Read the post:
* Wi-Fi Security: Static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
And you can bet it needs to be inside the camera, which powers it. Flash Memory only works with a host which provides the power.

I guess, since the camera can't see it's an Eye-Fi, you need to turn on "View" (lense closed) mode or something else to power it and to let it connect to your wifi.


Edit:
* Eye-Fi Card works with 802.11g, 802.11b and backwards-compatible 802.11n wireless networks
d'oh, it's better than my USB Wifi dongle haha
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#10
regan1985
when they make other version of this idea it mean people can share music without downloading ie just send it to each other from mp3 player to player!!
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#11
jurrasstoil
SD-Card?
crap... my EOS uses CF-Cards. well, maybe they'll come up with a CF-Version (and hopefully SanDisk does too ;))
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: kakazza
Read the post:


And you can bet it needs to be inside the camera, which powers it. Flash Memory only works with a host which provides the power.

I guess, since the camera can't see it's an Eye-Fi, you need to turn on "View" (lense closed) mode or something else to power it and to let it connect to your wifi.


Edit:
d'oh, it's better than my USB Wifi dongle haha
i know it supports security, i just mean... how do we enter the passkeys? its not like you go to someones house and type in a key on the keyboard that doesnt exist on your camera
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#13
kakazza
by: Mussels
i know it supports security, i just mean... how do we enter the passkeys? its not like you go to someones house and type in a key on the keyboard that doesnt exist on your camera
Gotta configure it a first time on a PC:
* Includes USB memory card reader to make set-up easy.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
that would be a pain moving location to location tho :(
oh well, its still pretty cool
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