Eye-Fi Launches Online Sharing Site
Eye-Fi, the makers of the Wi-Fi SD card for digital cameras, today launched its own online sharing service. Photos and videos are automatically uploaded to Eye-Fi View that can then be accessed by any Internet-connected device. The company also introduced an email-sharing feature that eliminates the problem of sending emails with image files that can't be viewed by the recipient because the attachments are too large.
Maybe you've seen this message: Message truncated due to file size when you've tried to view a message that contains photos from your smartphone. Instead of photo files, Eye-Fi generates a link to the set of photos that a user wants to share on Eye-Fi View. The recipient clicks the link in the email and is sent directly to the page with the specified photos, no login required.
"There are many sites on which pictures and videos can be shared. But even in this age of social media, email remains the most popular method of sharing among consumers," Jef Holove, president and CEO of Eye-Fi said in a press release. "With our unique approach to email sharing, Eye-Fi is extending its ease of use capabilities to customers who want to email their photos. Because, put simply, photos are created to view."
With Eye-Fi’s email feature, users select contacts from their own address book, and recipients – whether Eye-Fi users or not – can easily download full-resolution images through a single link, without worrying about overwhelming their inbox, he said.
Access to photos and videos uploaded to the Eye-Fi Center within the last seven days is free. Customers can upgrade to a premium account for unlimited monthly access for $5 a month or $50 per year.
Eye-Fi SD cards run from $50 for a 4GB card with Wi-Fi sharing to a computer, Eye-Fi's new online site and one additional photo sharing site such as Facebook and YouTube to $149 for an 8GB card with RAW file capability that is often used by professional photographers, geotagging and the same sharing features as the smaller cards.
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