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Eye-Fi Cards

In Digital Flash Media, SD on August 19, 2010 at 10:10 am

It wasn’t exactly love at first sight for me when it comes to Eye-Fi. Judging by the fact that they were causing access issues in one of my reader designs. Still, I got the chance to try them as part of the testing process. Once the main issue (frequency related – Eye-Fi operate at higher frequencies (but within specifications) than regular SD media) was solved, I got to play around with the media. It’s intrinsic uses were evident but I was a little speculative to begin with. The solution isn’t entirely wireless – you still needed the single slot reader shipped with the media to install the applications – but still pretty impressive once you get past installation.



News is that Target will now start selling Eye-Fi cards. Read Eye-Fi cards come to Target.

Eye-Fi cards provide a great retro fit option for cameras that do not have wireless technologies in built to go wireless. They are available only in the standard SD form factor as of today. Other media types are not as popular to warrant a wireless option. microSD formfactor is a possibility and given that they are used only in mobile devices that are already wifi enabled makes a second antenna-bearing media redundant and might also lead to interference if not done properly.

Product comparison is available at the Eye-Fi site.

They now have the first whiff of competition in the form of Toshiba. Toshiba’s plans are to make this a standard which is good news from a holistic perspective. The image at hints at peer to peer sharing meaning you can share pictures between cameras if so desired. This is now available only in the ProX2 version of Eye-Fi I believe.

Between NFC and WiFi, the applications for wireless enabled SD cards are ever increasing.


At the Digital Photo Kiosk…

In Digital Photo Kiosks on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 am
With increasing sizes of digital media, more pictures can be stored in them than ever before. A 2 GB SD media, for example, can store thousands of pictures. Users seldom delete or archive these pictures until the media is out of space. At the photo kiosk, users with such media spend a lot of time scanning their pictures in a serial fashion. This increases the time spent at the photo kiosk to select and print just a handful of pictures. The long time spent at scanning and choosing pictures prevents other users from accessing the kiosk. Long wait times limit the number of people accessing the kiosk and bring down the revenue for the store owner. So, there is a growing need for technology that will reduce the user’s scanning
time at photo kiosks.
“While the content created is beautiful and numerous how will you find the pictures of your son or daughter from when they were 4 to show when they are 18? Unless you are extremely disciplined and label everything and back up all your content in unambiguous files you are not going to be able to do this easily. Unfortunately neither I nor many of my friends fit into this superdisciplined category.” – Tom Coughlin, Coughlin associates
(quoted from “Lost in the details – where is photo P100085.jpg?” which appeared in Picture Business Magazine, June 2008)
Kiosk software vendors are rising up to this challenge giving options based on the file name and date. This is a simple solution but is indeed the first step in creating an effective consumer experience.