SD cards incorporate NFC & wireless for file sharing

25th February 2015
Nat Bowers

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced what it claims is the world's first SDHC memory card with built-in NFC and an improved version of the company’s popular FlashAir Wireless SD card. The NFC SDHC card allows users to preview card content and spare capacity with just the touch of a smartphone, while FlashAir III cards can serve as their own WLAN access point.

This feature allows users to share files wirelessly - even when out of range of a wireless hotspot or a mobile phone signal.

To find out what is stored on an SD memory card it usually needs to be inserted into a PC, laptop or digital camera. However, Toshiba NFC SDHC cards enable data to be easily previewed by NFC-enabled Android smartphones. The UHS-I, SD Class 10 NFC cards are available in capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB. The NFC chip is compliant with the NFC Forum Type 3 Tag standard and operates at 13.56MHz.

FlashAir III cards feature enhanced photo sharing and management features and support fast wireless data transfers so that users can quickly upload images and videos to other devices. Speed Class 10 FlashAir III cards are available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacity options. In addition to supporting access from web browsers, these cards incorporate WebDAV support to provide improved photo management functionality for PC and MAC users. Up to seven devices can wirelessly access the FlashAir III cards simultaneously. The built-in wireless access point also allows for transfers to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs without the need of an Internet connection. An Internet pass-through feature allows users to access the Internet via a separate wireless router while connected to the card to enable photos and videos to be uploaded to the internet and shared on social networks.

Both of the cards use apps to manage card communication. For the NFC SDHC card, the Toshiba 'Memory Card Preview' app allows users to preview available storage space, as well as 16 thumbnails of the photos stored on the card. The FlashAir mobile app (available for iOS and Android) makes it easy to share files and manage the device from smartphones and tablets. Improved Photoshare functionality enables users to quickly designate which photos to share with friends and family and which photos to keep hidden.

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