There is little doubt that being able to send pictures from
you camera directly to your laptop without cables is a great innovation but
what if you want to send files the other way?
While the Eye-Fi cards have been allowing users to wirelessly transmit files for a while
now, Toshiba has just entered the market and its FlashAir cards boast the
ability to transfer files in both directions.
Toshiba announced that it will launch the world’s first SDHC
memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality which meets the SD Memory
FlashAir has an 8GB capacity with Class 6 speed and supports
both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Samples
will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012.
The cards can connect with any device which can connect to a
Wi-Fi hotspot, meaning that laptops, tablets and smartphone will all be able to
view files transmitted by the FlashAir cards.
Digital cameras which support FlashAir (Toshiba hasn’t
announced which cameras are compliant at the moment), users will be able to
send images and other files to the card. Cameras which don’t support FlashAir
will still be able to share files with wireless-supporting devices.
Currently the FlashAir card automatically switches on the
networking function when inserted into a powered-device (camera, laptop etc.) but
Toshiba are working on allowing users to decide whether or not this happens.
Shipping is expected to begin in February 2012 with a price
for the 8GB of around €50 in Europe.