It’s increasingly becoming a wireless world, folks. Just check out the headlines from the past week or so. On top of the omnipresent smartphone/tablet chatter, we saw the launch of next-gen “5G Wi-Fi” chips capable of streaming 1080p video without a hitch, and now, today’s news: even your SD card is going wireless. Seriously.
The SD Association’s new Wireless LAN SD standard mixes storage with wireless IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n,
according to the organization’s press release
(PDF). No longer will you need to whip out a USB cable or yank your SD card out of your phone or camera to transfer files back and forth between your device and your computer; it’s all over the air, baby. The same press release tosses out a few ways users will be able to use the new standard to their advantage:
Upload family, vacation or sports photos and video wirelessly from a camera or video camera to a computer or server for sharing or backup.
Wirelessly download pictures from servers with cameras and video cameras using Wireless LAN SD memory cards. Consumers can share pictures and videos without email or physical card transfers, including peer-to-peer picture and video transfers from cameras to smart phones and tablets wirelessly without an access point.
Use Wireless LAN SD memory cards as wireless control points for other devices, such as TVs, in a home network.
Nifty, eh? The new standard can apply to both full-sized and micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, but there’s no word on when we’ll see the first ones. It'll probably be a while, though. If you need your wireless SD fix today,
Eye-Fi’s been doing it for a while now