The scenario is familiar: I have just taken the most amazing shot on my DSLR, and I can't wait to share it with my family or friends. Only problem is, I can't. Not until I transfer the photo on the memory card to my computer, and then transfer it again to my smartphone or tablet. Or I can just do the primitive way - use my smartphone to snap a shot of the LCD of the digital camera and share away.
But it just isn't the same, right?
So thank goodness Toshiba's FlashAir came to my rescue!
Apart from being an SD Card that stores the camera's photos, it functions as its own wireless LAN access point that allows me to upload photos directly from my digital camera to a tablet, smartphone or PC. WITHOUT an internet connection. And that's about it really - a simple BUT extremely useful and convenient feature.
FUN FACT - Did you know that Toshiba is actually the company that invented Flash memory? Toshiba had set up the SD Association with other partners that develops and publishes technical standards for SD technology, which means their products go through the stringent process of making sure they all pass the SD Association's SD technology test.
Which probably explains why setting it up was a breeze as well. When I inserted the FlashAir SD Card into my camera, the WIFI hotspot fires up. By default, the SSID name will be “flashair_xxxxxx” and the default passcode is “12345678″. So all I had to do was to connect to the SSID via my smaprtphone, configure the SSID name and change the passcode, and I was good to go!
To access my photos on the SD Card on my smartphone, I needed to go to http://flashair in the mobile browser.
And all the photos that I had taken a few seconds ago were uploaded instantly from the camera to my smartphone! Sweet.
The new version of FlashAir SD Cards boast a Class 10 speed compared to the original model's Class 6 speed. So what this means is the photos and videos will be saved very quickly, while accessing and storing them across multiple computers, tablets and smartphones in a jiffy. And thanks to its wireless LAN chip, the card supports access from up to seven devices simultaneously.
To put it mildly, I love my new SD Card to bits! I love the fact that I do not need to connect the card to an external WFI access point to make the card's contents available. I love to being able to access the photos on the card almost instantaneously on my smartphone or tablet. Which of course, translates to me being able to share photos on social media platforms on the go. Fabulous photos of my monkies, like this.
And if you are thinking of getting your hands on one, why not take part in Toshiba's Wifi your Pictures in a Flash! Contest?
The contest has already begun, and the closing date for entries is 28 February 2014.
For more information, please visit www.toshiba-memory.com.sg.