Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Lexar Debuts Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader

In Digital Media Reader on August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

Lexar has debuted a new card reader which they are promoting as an iPad companion for professional photographers. I had an opportunity to test the mechanicals of the push and release reader – designed to protect the media slots when the reader is moved around. I loved that feature.

The other features are standard for a USB 2.0 card reader. I can’t believe they are still using the 24-in-1 identifier.

• CompactFlash slot: CompactFlash® Type I and Type II
• Secure Digital slot: SD™, SDHC™, miniSD™, miniSDHC™, MMC™, MMCplus™, and RS-MMC™
• Mobile slot: microSD™, microSDHC™, and M2™
• Memory Stick slot: Memory Stick™, Memory Stick (with MagicGate™), Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick Duo (with MagicGate), Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo “HX”
• xD-Picture Card slot: xD-Picture Card™, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H

There is some vague mention about power consumption which appears to defeat the purpose as far as mobility is concerned – the reader is obviously bus powered and draws power from the iPad.


The Challenge For Photo Kiosk Vendors

In Digital Photo Kiosks on August 17, 2010 at 4:24 am
Digital Photo Kiosks are primarily self-servicekiosks designed with a premium on ease-of-use.The kiosk manufacturers are constantly upgradingthe system side with better components andtechnology. This progress includes enabling highspeed USB digital media readers and better UI experience. Vendors like SCM also ensure that thelatest media formats and specifications arecomplied with in these readers.In the last couple of years, with increased usage of digital photo kiosks, the focus in the industry has shifted to serviceability. Customers have beenimplementing different methods to prevent longdown time of the kiosk. While high traffic areasimplement multiple kiosks, this is not always aneffective solution due to space and costconstraints. Modular digital media readers enableservicing of components without any actualdowntime. The defective media slots can be hotswapped with spare functional ones by the storemanager itself. Lesser downtime means continuedrevenue.The focus is equally divided between what ishappening within the kiosk to what is happening infront of it. – specifically, the increasing capacity of camera cards.
To quote a kiosk maker – “the new media today have more capacity than the hard disks in our kiosks!”