My Dad is a photography enthusiast. When I was younger I would develop photos I had taken in the dark-room under a red light, work with real negatives taken from the camera spool and dunk my photos in fixer to produce timeless glossy prints, kept to this day in my parent’s photo collection under the stairs. How times have changed.
Compare the the aforementioned method with the following: You take a picture using any standard digital camera, and the photograph is wirelessly transmitted to either your home wireless network or your smartphone in your pocket.
Now the concept of wireless back-ups is nothing new, but the recent development from “Eye-Fi” of being able to effectively create a Wi-Fi hotspot within your camera enabling your smartphone to access your pictures while on the move certainly is. Of course the trick being that once your information is submitted to your phone, the mobile network can be deployed, spelling the end of “what happens on tour – stays on tour”. Don’t have a smartphone? Just stroll up to any public Wi-Fi hotspot and your pictures can be uploaded to your home network from almost anywhere. “Eye-Fi” sell a bog standard 4/8 gig memory card spliced with Wi-Fi capabilities to bring you these functionalities.
Of course all this black magic doesn’t come cheap, with the top end “Eye-Fi” cards costing over £100, though at the expense of some of the flashier smartphone related features cheaper models are available. In my opinion the “Eye-Fi” offers a great extension to wireless storage, relieving more pressure from a primary data storage device, which of course is subject to a variety of dangers (a few examples being – nuclear explosions, being dropped in acid and disappearing into the back of the sofa) . Swing by their website and take a look for more information and let us know what you think. I know you’re all comment crazy but we love them anyway.