NTT DoCoMo new Eye-Fi technology investment
It appears that Eye-Fi, the makers of WiFi enabled memory cards is getting a reasonable bit of financial help from Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, as word is the Japanese operator has announced they are to invest 14 million US dollars in Eye-Fi and as such will offer other services based on Eye-Fi tech.
According to an article over on IT World, included in the services is one that would auto-send images taken via digital cameras to its digital photo frames, something that can also show images taken via mobile phones on their network.
Apparently Eye-Fi cards are become popular due to their ability to wirelessly auto-sync with other devices and download images from digital cameras although Eye-Fi has stiff competition from camera makers who are building the feature right into their hardware.
Apparently Eye-Fi is currently contesting a new spec for SD cards with WiFi proposed by the SD Association, one that Eye-Fi says infringes on their intellectual property.
NTT DoCoMo’s investment is part of a US$20 million funding round for Mountain View California based Eye-Fi with previous investors being TransLink Capital, Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures.
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