Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Toshiba FlashAir II Let's You Create a Wireless Access Point - From Your Camera!




The picture above is of an SD Card. Mind you, it's not just *any* SD Card, it is the Toshiba FlashAir.

This SD Card has a built-in wireless transmitter that let's you use your camera as a wireless access point. What that means is that when you take a picture, other devices in range (like your phone) can access the card and, therefore, download the photos you have taaken. Pretty cool huh?

Something like this would be great for social situations like parties or family get togethers. This past weekend, I was at a family wedding and it would have been uber sweet to be able to grab photos right off the photographer's camera as he was taking wedding pics.

The card is accessed via an app that can be downloaded from the Android or
Apple App Store.

Drawbacks? You have to disconnect from any other WiFi network before you can get the photos. Since the FlashAir only sets up a VPN, it doesn't provide you with an Internet connection. If you want to connect to the net, you have to *disconnect* from FlashAir then reconnect to get photos.

There may also be some confusion between this card & Eye-fi. The latter is a SD Card that accesses your local Wifi network to upload photos to a computer on the network, Flickr, etc. However, you can't access Eye-fi with any other devices.

FlashAir sounds like a pretty cool device, especially if you are in a social/party kind of environment. However, I don't think it will take the place of my Eye-fi card...

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