Geotagging Eye-Fi wireless SD card exclusive to Apple Store

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A new version of the Eye-Fi -- the SD card that wirelessly transfers data to a computer -- was announced Wednesday as exclusive to Apple retail locations, both online and brick-and-mortar. The 2GB Eye-Fi Geo offers unlimited lifetime geographical tagging of photos.



The device will upload photos that are automatically geotagged to a folder on a computer or in the iPhoto gallery. For a $9.99 annual fee, customers can also automatically share images with MobileMe or more than 20 other photo sharing and social networking services.



"Apple users want simplicity and an effortless user experience, so it's not surprising that a significant number of our users are on Macs," said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. "The Eye-Fi Geo is the perfect companion for iPhoto's new 'Places' application to pinpoint photos on a digital map so memories are displayed in a richer, more meaningful way."



The new Eye-Fi Geo card is available for $59.99 from Apple retail locations and apple.com.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    A new version of the Eye-Fi -- the SD card that wirelessly transfers data to a computer -- was announced Wednesday as exclusive to Apple retail locations, both online and brick-and-mortar. The 2GB Eye-Fi Geo offers unlimited lifetime geographical tagging of photos.



    The device will upload photos that are automatically geotagged to a folder on a computer or in the iPhoto gallery. For a $9.99 annual fee, customers can also automatically share images with MobileMe or more than 20 other photo sharing and social networking services.



    "Apple users want simplicity and an effortless user experience, so it's not surprising that a significant number of our users are on Macs," said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. "The Eye-Fi Geo is the perfect companion for iPhoto's new 'Places' application to pinpoint photos on a digital map so memories are displayed in a richer, more meaningful way."



    The new Eye-Fi Geo card is available for $59.99 from Apple retail locations and apple.com.



    Looks like it uses Skyhook--so no geotagging unless you take the picture within a WiFi area.



    And I assume it must use its own software to complete the process, rather than letting you rely just on iPhoto alone, or whatever you're used to. I'm just guessing, but a location would need access to Skyhook's databases online. So I imagine the card makes a note of what WiFi networks were around (public or otherwise) and then later, when an Internet connection is available, it can turn that info into real geotags.



    Anyone know the full details?



    Sounds neat, but limited.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,209moderator
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    Originally Posted by nagromme View Post


    Looks like it uses Skyhook--so no geotagging unless you take the picture within a WiFi area.



    Or if you tether your iphone/other mobile to a laptop and share the connection somehow. It would be nice if it could use the iphone for geo-tagging.



    I don't really get the point of the wifi transfer - it's not that much of a hassle to plug in a USB cable - and $60 for 2GB is a lot considering an 8GB SD card is about $10.



    Now that the laptops have an SD slot, the only advantage here is the tagging but as you say it's a bit useless in the middle of nowhere if you don't have a wifi connection of some kind.
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