Wireless memory card manufacturer Eye-Fi announced the launch of its new Mobile X2 card, which combines “Direct Mode” technology and free Eye-fi mobile apps to allow smartphone/tablet users to instantly transfer pics and videos from a digital camera to a mobile device (iOS and Android) – even when there’s no wireless network available.
The launch coincides with Direct Mode’s availability as a free firmware upgrade to all of Eye-Fi’s current X2 card users. This marks the latest of several new products and services Eye-Fi has released to extend utility beyond storage and wireless uploads. With Eye-Fi, consumers can already store, view and share pictures on multiple devices, on more than 45 sharing sites, geotag the images, and much more.
The Mobile X2 is currently available for pre-orders on Amazon.com and will be sold in Best Buy and Apple stores starting on April 17 for $79.99. Direct Mode will be available as a free firmware upgrade the following week. Here’s a short demo video on how the new Eye-Fi Mobile X2 card works. Below the video is a full press release.
WHY WAIT? NEW EYE-FI MOBILE X2 CARD GIVES CAMERAS THE POWER OF INSTANT UPLOADS
New Direct Mode Technology and Eye-Fi Mobile Apps Now Available as a Free Upgrade to All X2 Cards
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 12, 2011 — Eye-Fi Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card, today launched the Eye-Fi Mobile X2, a new 8GB wireless memory card empowering cameras around the world with immediate uploading capabilities. The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 provides instant uploads anywhere by wirelessly connecting the camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and is available later this week for $79.99.
“Direct Mode helps us bridge the gap between classic digital imaging and the exploding world of mobile devices,” said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. “With Direct Mode, the pervasive connectivity of mobile is made available to existing cameras.”
Later this week, Eye-Fi will be releasing its Direct Mode and accompanying iOS and Android apps as free upgrades to its line of Eye-Fi X2 cards. With Direct Mode, users can enjoy the best of the devices they already own, namely the quality of digital cameras and the ubiquitous connectivity of their mobile devices. The Eye-Fi card can now establish a direct connection to the mobile device by creating its own Wi-Fi network anywhere users capture memories, even if that is miles from a Wi-Fi hotspot. Whether they are hiking or at the beach, consumers can now send photos and videos directly from their digital camera to the Eye-Fi app on their smartphone or tablet, enabling them to back up, edit and share their memories in the moment.
“When we undertook a redesign of the Eye-Fi card line a little over two years ago, the new X2 card platform promised users the potential for new, exciting capabilities over time. Today we see another one of these revolutionary capabilities come to life: Direct Mode,” says Yuval Koren, co-founder and chief product officer of Eye-Fi.
Direct Mode benefits extend beyond device-to-device transfers. Whether users want to edit their memories using the myriad of apps on their mobile devices, back them up those memories on their home computer, or save them in a private Eye-Fi account, they now have the flexibility and control of where, how and when the media is stored, edited and shared.
Eye-Fi Mobile X2 will be available for pre-orders immediately on Amazon.com, and available at Apple and Best Buy stores nationwide for $79.99 on April 17, 2011. Direct Mode will be available as a free upgrade to all Eye-Fi X2 cards later this week, along with accompanying free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 will be reduced from $149.99 to $99.99 starting this month.
For more information, visit www.eye.fi.
Founded in 2005, Eye-Fi is dedicated to building products and services that help consumers manage, nurture and share their visual memories. Eye-Fi’s patented and patent-pending technology wirelessly and automatically uploads photos and videos from digital imaging devices, including digital cameras and the iPhone, to online, in-home and retail destinations. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., the company’s investors include LMS Capital, Opus Capital, Shasta Ventures and TransLink Capital. More information is available at www.eye.fi.
Eye-Fi memory cards work like a regular SDHC memory card and are compatible with most compact and DSLR cameras. Users can also select which photos and videos are uploaded, and where they’re shared – choosing from 45 partner sites, including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and more. Never run out of space with Endless Memory.
Eye-Fi products and services are now available at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, Office Depot and Apple stores nationwide and online. For more information about Eye-Fi, please visit www.eye.fi.