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Matthew Gray
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Googler, Father, Board Gamer, Geek
Googler, Father, Board Gamer, Geek

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Any opinions / recent experience on WiFi enabled SD cards?

I have several of the old generation Eye-Fi SD cards, and they end-of-life'd the product. I'm annoyed, but I also understand how product life cycles work. This broke my primary usage mode. Unfortunately, it's not clear what, if anything meets my needs.

At this point, I only care about bulk, automatic transfer between the SD card (in the SLR) and my phone. I don't care about it working in Hotspot mode or tranferring to anyone else's cloud service. My phone will upload them to Google Photos just fine.

What I don't want is a cloud subscription required for my use case, I don't want to have to manually select the photos to transfer, and I want it to work reliably. If I have to set up my phone as a hot spot or choose to connect my phone to the hotspot of the card, fine, that switch doesn't need to be automatic. Basically, I want to do a thing on my phone (run the app and/or configure wifi) and have all the photos on the SD card get transferred to my phone.

Anyone use FlashAir, Transcend, Flucard, EZShare, or the current generation of Eye-Fi in this mode and happy with the product? I think the Eye-Fi Mobi cards might work, but they push their useless cloud service really hard, but I think it works without that service, but am not sure. The various other ones seem to have their own issues.

Opinions welcome.

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Red-tailed hawk above the foliage, from above.
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We built a magic box you can put in your house that you can yell questions at and it answers them!

And the magic box plays music. And plays games. And controls my thermostat. And my TV. And tells jokes. And more. We built a magic box that really amplifies that feeling that we are living in the future and I’m really delighted with it.

I am very very very excited for the release of “Google Home” today. I’ve been really fortunate to work on this product and and proud of what we’ve already built and launched and psyched for all the improvements that are coming. My team and I have worked on the capabilities where you ask a questions like “When did Curiosity Rover land on Mars?” and we find information on NASA’s site, read it out loud and send a link to your phone. (August 2012, by the way)

I know we’ve had similar magic boxes from Amazon with and similar capabilities on phones in our pockets for a few years now, but Google Home really succeeds in taking this to a new level, in my highly biased opinion. :) There’s something about the ambient use of this kind of device that is amazing. At dinner with our family, talking to my daughter about her French homework, we can just say “Hey Google, How do you say Door in French?” and it’s part of the conversation. When my son is reading through his Pokedex and trying to understand how big a particular Pokemon is, but only has a metric tape measure, he just yells out “OK Google, How many centimeters are in 3 feet 3 inches?” In the morning, while I’m getting my coffee, I get a briefing about traffic on the way to work. Last night, I walked into the family room after we put the kids to bed and said "Hey Google, Play the latest Samantha Bee on the TV" and it happened.

Here’s the site for Google Home: https://madeby.google.com/home/ but you can also buy it retail (WalMart, BestBuy, etc).

And here’s a “questions” focused review I really liked (with a really long but awesome video):
https://theringer.com/google-home-voice-assistants-alexa-siri-3054c9d70603#.o3loz2ra4

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