Toshiba Announces WiFi SD Card

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Toshiba today announced an SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality. The “FlashAir” card has an 8GB capacity and supports both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers.

Toshiba claims their FlashAir works a bit differently then competitor Eye-Fi. Whereas the Eye-Fi could only transmit files from a camera directly to a computer or smartphone, the FlashAir can also receive and transfer peer-to-peer.

Toshiba says that even in digital cameras that are not compliant with FlashAir, the new card can share digital images with smartphones and PCs that support WiFi.

Samples will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012. The price is rumored to be around $90, says Engadget.

Competitor Eye-Fi has sold WiFi-enabled SD cards for several years. The 8 GB Eye-Fi Mobile X2 SD card comes with a free wireless app for the iPhone and Android that automatically receives photos from your EyeFi-equipped camera.

Eye-Fi’s WiFi-enabled SD memory cards, include the Pro X2 SD card ($100), with geotagging and RAW support. A free download for any Eye-Fi X2 card enables Direct Mode, which allows photos to be automatically sent to a tablet or phone in about 2 seconds after they’re shot. No hotspot necessary.

The 8GB $80 Eye-Fi Mobile X2 has Direct Mode pre-installed. It is similar to the 4GB $50 Connect X2.

Companion apps in the Android Market and iTunes App Store enable tablets to view a camera’s photos as they are taken. The app can also use your data connection (EDGE, 3G or Wi-Fi), to wirelessly upload your photos to the web – with 45 websites like Flickr to choose from.

PhotoSync also allows you to transfer images to and from your iPad, iPhone, and/or computer. You need to download the PhotoSync application to whatever phone/computer that you want to use.

Other Photography apps for the iPhone and iPad include ShutterSnitch 2.1.4 ($15.99), which receives pictures from a wireless camera, and adds the capability of receiving photos in the background. DP Review mentions a dozen of so of the top photo apps for the iPad 2, including; Adobe Photoshop Express ($3.99), FlickrStack($1.99), Photogene for iPad ($2.99), ShutterSnitch ($15.99), and DSLR Camera Remote HD ($49.99). Camera PRO Real ($5.99) is a new camera app for the Apple iPad 2 featuring a graphical user interface (GUI) that resembles the control layout of an SLR camera. It allows you take photos directly from within the app and comes with five different photo effects.

Rob Galbraith reviews iPad2 applications for photographers.

Related Dailywireless articles include; iPad Photo Apps, iPad Video Editor: Faster Than Laptop?, iPad2 Review Roundup, Wireless Timelapse, Apple iOS 4.3 Now Available, Remote Web Cams, and Wireless Pan/Tilt

Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 12:40 pm .

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