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Eye-Fi Pro X2

Jan 7, 2010 12:00 PM, By Dan Ochiva

Flash memory with Wi-Fi.

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Class 6 performance for faster read-write speeds. Price: $149

Class 6 performance for faster read-write speeds. Price: $149

The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has started, so expect a flood of announcements, although only a small percentage will be interesting to most of us involved in production.

At the show, you might see the upgrade to the quirky but useful storage card with networking from Eye-Fi in Mountain View, Calif. Its Pro X2, a Wi-Fi-enabled Class 6 SD memory card, now comes with an 8GB capacity and support for the speediest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n. How the company got Wi-Fi support into a tiny SDHC memory card still amazes me.

If you're a stills shooter on location or take video with your still camera, you'll more likely appreciate the new Endless Memory mode, which automatically clears photos and videos as they're uploaded over Wi-Fi to your computer. A new antenna design enables faster wireless uploads and increased Wi-Fi range, while supporting older 802.11b and 802.11g standards.

Unlike earlier iterations of the card, it's now easy to create an ad hoc connection directly to your computer if you happen to be away from your wireless router. Users can also upload away from home at more than 10,000 Wayport and other open Wi-Fi hotspots. The Pro X2 even automatically tags photos with information about where the images were taken.

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