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Quick product review: Eye-Fi - a wireless card for your digital camera

By Andrew Pollack on 12/30/2008 at 10:03 AM EST

Forgive me, FSM. It has been 9 days since my last blogfession.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

For those who don't know, the FSM is the supreme being according to a religion made up as a protest to the Kansas School Board. protest to the Kansas School Board. I consider myself a member of that religion (a Pastafarian) in as much as I consider myself a member of any religion.

Sorry to be away so long. First we had the ice storm, then a few quick days to catch up before our big snow storm, then the holidays. Wow, time does fly when you're running behind.

A few neat gifts this year to report. You may be interested in the "Eye Fi". This is a 2gb SD card for my digital camera that has a built in wireless networking capability. You use the included USB card reader to set it up and teach it about the various wireless networks around. Once enabled, you put it back in the camera. As long as the camera is powered on, if it can get on any of the networks you've told it about, it will upload the new pictures you've taken right back to your PC. From there, the included software can automatically post them to Flickr, Facebook, and or a number of other sites in addition to just leaving them in a location on your PC.

Its a really cool idea and it works fairly well. I can't wait to use it at Lotusphere.

What's good:

1. It works. If you're in range, almost as soon as you take your pictures they get uploaded to your PC and relayed to your sharing site.

2. It can handle more than one wireless network configuration at the same time. That means you don't have to reprogram the card if you go somewhere else.

3. It works just fine as a 2gb memory card, so even if you're not on your network the camera works fine.

What could be better:

1. The standard card needs to find your computer on the network. I'm trying it out by leaving the Eye-Fi receiving software set up on a machine that I keep running 7x24 anyway and we'll see how that goes.

2. Right now, you can upload to a social picture site like Flickr or a printing site like Snapfish -- but only one. You can't configure to upload your pics to several. I'll probably write some PC software to automatically put them on my own server as they come in.

3. It wants to see you services -- like wayport hotspot access. This isn't really necessary. The card will, I believe, also automatically use any available "Open" wireless networks it finds. That's good, but potentially insecure as well. Something to think about.



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re: Quick product review: Eye-Fi - a wireless card for your digital cameraBy Carl Tyler on 12/30/2008 at 12:26 PM EST
"1. The standard card needs to find your computer on the network. I'm trying it
out by leaving the Eye-Fi receiving software set up on a machine that I keep
running 7x24 anyway and we'll see how that goes."

Not quite true. If your PC is on, it will upload their first. If your PC is
off it will actually upload the photos to the eyefi servers which then shoots
them out to Flickr etc.
re: Quick product review: Eye-Fi - a wireless card for your digital cameraBy Carl Tyler on 12/30/2008 at 12:32 PM EST
Here's the EyeFi guy confirming... http://forums.eye.fi/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=517

What I really want for it is an API, so I can automate what happens to the
photos, upload to a Domino website, versus one of their recognized partners for
example.
re: Quick product review: Eye-Fi - a wireless card for your digital cameraBy Carl Tyler on 12/30/2008 at 12:40 PM EST
Also on this point "The card will, I believe, also automatically use any
available "Open" wireless networks it finds."

It will actually only do that if you purchase the wayport access, which to me
is a pain. I did try adding a network with the name ANY which used to work on
PCs, but sadly it didn't work with the Eye-fi.
re: Quick product review: Eye-Fi - a wireless card for your digital cameraBy Mitch Cohen on 12/30/2008 at 12:58 PM EST
I have one, mostly good, the thing I don't like is as best I can tell you can
only upload to Flickr with the tag EYE-FI, I would love to be able to change my
default tag


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