Eye-Fi, the company that embedded a tiny WiFi client in a 2Gbyte SD card, today announced three new products, the $79 Eye-Fi Home, a new lower-cost card that only connects to your own computer (not public hotspots), the $99 Eye-Fi Share, essentially a re-branding of the original Eye-Fi card, and the $129 Eye-Fi Explore which automatically adds geotagging to your photos and has an arrangement with WayPort to upload at their public hotspots.
NOTE: This is a correction to an earlier post which incorrectly stated that the $99 Eye-Fi Share included free Wayport access — it does not.
Eye-Fi appears to have a hit with their Eye-Fi Share wireless memory cards ($99) to upload photos. Like the original Eye-Fi card, the the $99 Share card is essentially just rebranded. You need to set the card up by connecting it to a computer.
Eye-Fi also announced a partnership with Skyhook Wireless for the Eye-Fi Explore ($129), a new card. It has two new features:
- It includes free access to any of Wayport’s 10,000+ hotspot locations in the U.S including major hotels, McDonald’s restaurants, and Hertz airport locations. By simply turning on a digital camera in a Wayport location, the card will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network and begin automatically uploading photos to nearly a dozen photo sharing, blogging or social networking websites, such as Flickr, Facebook or SmugMug or the user’s own PC or Mac.
- It is designed to automatically geotag photos. Latitude and longitude information are incorporated into photos by Skyhook, which has mapped existing Wi-Fi hotspots across the United States and Europe. The Eye-Fi card accesses this database, then stamps images with location data. The images arrive on the user’s computer and online sharing account automatically tagged. [Of course it helps to be within 100 feet of a hotspot when you take the picture]. The 2GB Eye-Fi Explore includes unlimited geotagging
The photographer does not need to have a Wayport account or a laptop. Service availability at Wayport locations is targeted to be available in June. If the card can’t connect to a WiFi access point to grab the info it needs to geotag the photos, it will store a snapshot of the access points it sees and fix it when you get back to your PC or Mac, according to Wired.
The 2GB Eye-Fi Explore includes unlimited Web uploads, unlimited geotagging and one year of hotspot access at Wayport locations. The Eye-Fi Explore (MSRP $129.00) will be available at major online retailers beginning June 6, 2008.
It was unveiled at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference, today.
Eye-Fi also introduced a lower priced card called Eye-Fi Home, priced at an MSRP of $79. It enables users to upload photos to their computer through their home Wi-Fi network. It also includes 2GB storage and is PC and Mac compatible.
Point and shoot cameras like the Canon S5IS might work as webcams. Unfortunately, the S5 lacks an intervalometer, even though the S1, S2, and S3 have one. While the native “custom timer” will take multiple photos, you can now hack into the camera using the CHDK intervalometer script, adding an intervalometer, which can also create time lapse videos. CHDK is a firmware add-on for Canon’s compact digital cameras, based on DIGIC II and DIGIC III processors. It’s not authorized by the factory, but you can hack a variety of point and shoots, adding several useful functions.
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