Toshiba has launched the world's first SDHC memory card to feature built-in NFC (Near Field Communication). Unlike other wireless SD cards which make it easy to transfer images, the new NFC card has instead been designed to let users see what's stored on it using a suitably-enabled smartphone, without than having to put it into a camera or computer.
The NFC-enabled SDHC card could be useful for those of us who find our desks are constantly cluttered with half-full SD cards, and lack the organizational wherewithal to know what images are on which one. Simply holding an NFC-enabled phone (running the Memory Card Preview Android app) near a card will reveal its contents quickly and easily.
Information that can be displayed includes the name and capacity of the card, how much storage space is used or available, and what type of data is stored on it. Up to 16 thumbnail images can also be displayed to identify exactly what images are on each card. The card will be available in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities and have UHS speed class 1, and SD speed class 10 ratings.
While the new NFC-enabled card will not enable users to transfer images wirelessly, Toshiba has also announced the third generation of its more traditionally wirelessly-enabled FlashAir SD card, which will. As with previous models the new FlashAir III card serves as its own wireless LAN access point, and has a Class 10 SD speed rating.
An internet pass-through feature also allows users to access the card and internet simultaneously, plus the card boasts enhanced photo sharing and management features, with a free FlashAir mobile app making it easy to share content with iOS and Android devices. The card will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities.
The Toshiba NFC SD card will be available in February, though no price has been revealed. The Toshiba FlashAir III SD card will cost US$80 for the 16 GB version and $100 for the 32 GB variety when it goes on sale in March.
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