Picture this: Your kids have just spelled out “WE LOVE U GRANDMA” in the back yard using your potted plants and garden tools. You hear them yelling, “BRING THE CAMERA! WE NEED TO TAKE A PICTURE!” You grab your trusty digital shooter and bound to the back door. There they are, arm in arm standing right behind their creation. “Mom’s going to love this” you think to yourself. You start snapping away. First, some, more formal shots, and then everyone gets crazy, laying on their sides, voguing like models, and piling on top of one another. Then all of a sudden you realize, she can see these pictures right now. You call her on the phone and tell her to go to your Flickr site and snap, there they are. How cool. The pictures were uploaded, right from your camera to your online photo sharing site, all while still taking them and all without any extra effort.¬†

The Eye-Fi is an SD card which can hold up to 2GB worth of photos and has built in Wi-Fi capabilities. With these capabilities, your camera is connected to your Wi-Fi network and pictures can be sent automatically to your computer or to your online photo sharing site like Flickr, SmugMug, and Picasa Albums among many others. Eye-Fi is $99 and can be found where SD cards are sold.

eyefi-image-small.jpgSome things to think about:

  1. Unedited photos – If you’re like me, you like to edit your pictures before allowing the rest of the world, or grandma, to see them. If you have the pictures¬†automatically go to your online photo sharing site, they will appear without edits.
  2. Public Wi-Fi networks – Because the Eye-Fi has to be paired with a network ahead of time, don’t think that you will be taking pictures at a park and having the public, city Wi-Fi network beam them up to your online photo sharing site. There are ways of taking your Eye-Fi capabilities on the road with you, but it involves a portable router.

This is really a breakthrough product that will change the way you get pictures from your camera to your computer and online photo site. Go forth, take pictures, and share.

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