How can a simple SD memory card make uploading and sharing photos much easier than what you currently do? NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
The EyeFi Mobi SD memory card for your camera has been trying for years to change, make easier how you take, upload and share your digital photos. Now, it's offering something new to help you reach those photo-taking goals.
First, though, a quick explanation of what the EyeFi Mobi card is. It's an SD card with, essentially, a computer built inside that allows your camera, any digital camera that takes an SD card, to become a little Wi-Fi hotspot. Why would that help you? Well, any device you have that connects to Wi-Fi - your phone, tablet, computer - can connect wirelessly to that camera.
"Photos automatically transfer off your camera onto whichever device you choose. Could be your smartphone, tablet," says Matt DiMaria, CEO of EyeFi. "So you can look at them there, enjoy them on that device, or share them with your friends."
Now, though, EyeFi is introducing a new app for iPhones and Androids that links to its just unveiled cloud service to make saving and sharing even easier.
"Once it makes it to your tablet, what we do is, we move it to the EyeFi Cloud. What the EyeFi Cloud is is your personal, private photo sort of camera roll if you'd like," DiMaria says. "All of those pictures that you took on the beach are actually stored up in our cloud service, where you can access them later to enjoy on a full-sized, let's say, your PC screen. We also make it super easy to privately share that with your friends and family members."
Just email them a link to an album and they can see it and any future updates you make to it. They do not have to be signed up for the cloud service.
The EyeFi Mobi cards cost from between $50 and $100, depending on whether you want eight, 16, or 32 gigabytes of storage.
The cloud service is offering a free three-month trial. After that, it'll cost about $50 a year for unlimited storage.
The app that makes this work is free, and yes, if you already have an EyeFi Mobi card, what you have now will work.