Apple’s latest creation, the iPad, will undoubtedly change the way we interact with our connected lifestyles. For many, casual computing consists of surfing the web, writing emails and sharing photos. Thus far, one of the major concerns with the iPad is getting digital content, such as digital photos, on the device. You can always add photos to the iPad by syncing the device to a computer, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to add content to the tablet independently?
Apple announced that it would be releasing a Camera Connection Kit following the launch of the iPad, but no definite release date was unveiled. With this in mind, the only option for iPad owners to get photos on the device will be to connect it to a computer using the provided sync cable. Wouldn’t it be much simpler if there was a way for them to get this content on the iPad wirelessly?
A solution would be to use a Wi-Fi enabled memory card to synchronize data from the camera to the cloud. One of the more popular memory cards offering such capabilities is currently being offered by a company called Eye-Fi.
All Eye-Fi branded SD and SDHC memory cards come equipped with built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi transmitters, which allows users to send their digital photography wirelessly from a camera to either a local computer or an online imaging portal. As soon as the card detects an open wireless network, it automatically starts uploading its content to your chosen destination.
All you would need to do is instruct the Eye-Fi card to send the photos directly to the cloud, which will then be available for retrieval on the iPad. No cables, PCs or special connection kits required.
According to the Eye-Fi website, your photos can be uploaded to over 25 digital imaging sites, including favorites such as Flickr, Facebook and Picasa.
The card even supports Apple’s MobileMe platform. Subscribers can have their images uploaded automatically to their account and retrieve them using the iDisk application found in the iTunes App Store. You can also choose to keep your photos stored in cyber space and view them through Apple’s free MobileMe Gallery app.
Pricing for the Eye-Fi memory cards range from $49.99 to $149.99USD. The lower priced 2GB Eye-Fi Home card can only upload images to a local computer, while the Eye-Fi 4GB Share, 4GB Explore and 8GB Pro memory cards can be configured to upload images online. Google is currently giving away free 4GB Eye-Fi cards to Picasa subscribers who purchase over 200GB of additional online storage at a cost of $50USD per year (a huge saving in itself, considering that the Eye-Fi card alone costs more than $50).
The Eye-Fi memory cards offer a hassle-free alternative to getting your images on your iPad (or any other connected device for that matter). Sure, it might cost you a little more to get the perfect wireless setup, but in the end, it will be the simplest way for iPad users to view and manage their images on the tablet. Full on wireless computing, now that’s a magical feat indeed!