Memory cards to get WiFi

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 13 2007 @ 06:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A startup called Eye-Fi is working on SD memory cards with build-in WiFi capabilities. This will allow you to send photos from your digital cameras directly to a PC, without needing to use any cables.
The card is set to cost about $100. Although he did not clarify their memory capacity, he strongly indicated that they would hold about 2 gigabytes. Many current cameras won't easily accommodate larger cards, which have a slightly different format, he said. After 2GB, people should be downloading anyway, he added.

The company also recently landed $5.5 million in venture funding from Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures.

The idea for the company came from a wedding in 2004, Koren said. All of the guests were taking pictures.

"Everyone promised to share them, but a year later, I still hadn't seen the photos," he said.

Eye-Fi's cards are designed to conform to the standard SD card size; the cards contain enough spare real estate to incorporate a Wi-Fi chip. The networking functions on the card shut down when photos aren't being sent in order to save battery life.
Source: CNET.

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