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Digital Images Instantly to the Internet

David Silversmith
David Silversmith

File developing has changed in the last 20 years at a staggering pace.  While it once took days to get file developed, new technology will allow you to take a photo and have it on the Internet being viewed by friends and family thousands of miles away in near real-time.

Remember the 1970s when you took a photo and then waited till you finished the whole roll of film to then take the film to be developed.  Then you waited till the film was developed and either mailed back to you or picked up at the local store in a few days.   In the late 1980s and 1990s we progressed to one-hour film developing when you could drop the film off and come back the same day and get your photos.  Then in the late 90s we got digital cameras and we could immediately see how our photo came out.

Well, Cerevo, an ambitious tech start-up from Japan, just demonstrated a self-developed digital camera aimed at heavy social media users for the first time.  Cerevo intends to dramatically simplify the process of uploading and sharing pictures online by providing both an extra-easy to use camera (the “CerevoCam”) and a photo sharing site (”CerevoLife”) specifically geared towards owners of that camera.

Essentially Cerevo is combining a digital camera, Wi-Fi and a photo sharing service. Users will first need to get the digital camera that Cerevo designed completely from scratch (don't rush out it is only now being demonstrated at trade shows). The key feature with the CerevoCam is the network function. It’s able to upload pictures to CerevoLife, the photo management and sharing service optimized for play with the camera. Photos are transferred automatically (via Wi-Fi), which means you can shoot pictures late one night and find them on CerevoLife the next morning without having to take the camera out of the bag. CerevoLife will be offering 5GB of free storage space for every user, which is enough for around 4,000 pictures.

Cerevo notifies you of picture uploads via email and allows you to share pictures from your email client (or CerevoLife) on Flickr, Twitter, Picasa and other services. So not only can you see them almost right away - you can have friends and family looking at the photos in near real-time even from around the globe.  If you plug a 3G modem into the camera’s USB port, you can upload pictures directly from the device to various sites in real-time - so you won't be limited to just Cerevo's website.

While the Cerevo is a cool package - lots of people already own digital cameras and they may not want to do a full upgrade to Cerevo.  For the masses there is the Eye-Fi Card - the 1st wireless SD memory card for your digital camera. It stores photos and videos like standard SD memory cards but also makes your camera wireless.  Built in Wi-Fi helps you organize and share your memories (yes, there is Wi-Fi in that tiny card). During a quick setup, you specify where you want your photos and videos sent (where in your computer, where on the Internet).

After that quick setup, turn on your camera within range of the configured network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos. Press the button, and let Eye-Fi do the rest!

The 2009 Holiday Season should see a number of devices hitting the market to make your photo-sharing close to real-time.  Of course, that also means the embarrassing photos can be shown to your parents or your spouse long before you make it home.  So if you are not careful, you could find all your belongings on the sidewalk when you arrive home!

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