Eyefi Moves WiFi Memory Cards Into The Cloud

Eyefi Moves WiFi Memory Cards Into The Cloud

Eyefi (originally named Eye-Fi) made history when they released wireless memory cards (shown below) in 2010. The concept was simple. The camera saves image files to the buffer on the SD card and the card transfers them to a nearby PC or mobile device via closed wireless network. As you can probably guess, the PC or mobile device must have Eyefi’s app installed to accept the images. It is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS X. Eyefi’s cards work with most digital cameras, but a full compatibility list can be found on their website.

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Today, this product takes a step forward with the introduction of Eyefi Cloud. Using this technology, the SD card can now upload your digital photos to the cloud. It’s definitely a cool concept. Now… before you get too excited, we should probably mention that it still requires a nearby PC or mobile device with the app installed. The card still saves the images to the buffer, then transfers them to nearby device. From there, the app is configured to automatically upload the image files into the cloud. Needless to say, it also requires a subscription to Eyefi’s service, but new memory card purchases include a free 90-day trial subscription. After that, the service will cost you $49 per year.

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