The Eye-Fi Explore is the top of the current line of digital camera accessories from Eye-Fi that I stumbled across while shopping on the Apple Store Web site. It's a 2GB SD flash card that also has an embedded microprocessor that looks for pictures being stored on it, then uploads those images according to the profiles you store during the configuration process. With three versions, you can purchase only the capabilities that you really need.
Ranging from $79.99 to $129.99, each card utilizes Wi-Fi upload to a computer or to an Internet service.
So let's say that this is a SUPER cool product and that I picked up an Explore and have been happily uploading to Picasa Web all day now. The only small hassle I've found so far is that I have to know the Wi-Fi network information beforehand, or I have to fire up my machine (Mac or PC) to add the Wi-Fi profile to the card.
Here's the highlights that really caught my eye (so to speak):
- SMS/e-mail/Twitter notifications when uploads are done (one, all, or any combination)
- One-year Wayport hotspot subscription included on the Explore
- Home/Share/Explore all support both Mac and PC direct transfer (I'm using iPhoto on my Mac)
- On the Nikon D60 (and up?), you can tweak the power profile to keep the Eye-Fi running, but still conserve batteries
- The Eye-Fi manager on the Mac actually supports the new application firewall on Leopard
- Wi-Fi security: Static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
My two big wishes for this product are: