German company Hama developed a unique card reader which can send the content of any SD card wirelessly to an iPad or iPhone.
The Wi-Fi Data Reader from HAMA is a tiny wireless device with a few interesting capabilities. On the front side of the device there are two slots – one for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and the other a USB. Using the USB a user can connect a flash drive and send images, videos and other files wirelessly to a connected device.
Using the Wi-Reader app which can be downloaded for free from the Apple app store, users can easily transfer images and other files from the HAMA Wi-Fi Data Reader to an iOS 5 device. HAMA also mentions that users can access the information on a connected SD card or flash drive using a web browser (which means that users can connect to the Wi-Fi Data Reader from any computer and possibly android based devices as well).
One of the advantages of having a wireless USB is the ability to connect other media formats such as micro SD or CF via an adapter. While there are Wireless SD cards (such as ones from EYE-Fi, Sandisk, Toshiba etc.) that can send images directly from the camera to a computer or a mobile device, none of those are CF cards which are the most common amongst professional photographers. Having a device which can send images from a CF (using an adapter) to a computer or a mobile unit can be very useful for many pro photographers.
Another interesting feature of the Wi-Fi Data Reader actually has nothing to do with SD cards. The unit can actually operate as a tiny wireless router. Using a Ethernet connection on its side, the Wi-Fi Data Reader can help the user connect up to 5 different devices to the web. If you happen to be in a hotel for example which only has a wired connection and you have several devices you would like to connect, this could be a real life saver.
One thing which HAMA doesn’t tell us about the Wi-Fi Data Reader is wheather or not you can connect a hard drive to its USB port. We can’t see any reason why not, but HAMA doesn’t mention anything o the matter. Another thing the company does not state is how much usage you can get from the built in battery of the Wi-Fi Data Reader. They do however mention that the unit can be charged using USB.
The HAMA Wi-Fi Data Reader will cost about $90 and more information on it can be found on the HAMA website.
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.
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