Toshiba unveils two new SD cards, including world’s first NFC-enabled card that shows previews

Toshiba just announced two new SD cards that photographers should really appreciate, as they should come in handy during a photo shoot.

One of the two new SD cards Toshiba unveiled at CES 2015 is Wi-Fi capable, while the other comes as the world's first NFC-enabled SD memory card.

"We understand how important it is for consumers to share their photo and video memories with family and friends," said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President of Branded Storage at Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. "We have eliminated the cumbersome task of uploading pictures via USB cord so users can effortlessly share and manage their files, leaving more time for what's important."

The new Flash Air III Wi-Fi-enabled memory card will allow users to access all of their stored photos and quickly share them with a computer provided that it's connected to a Wi-Fi network. Moreover, this new version of the SD card comes with enhanced photo sharing and management features, sporting significant improvements over the previous model. Users should now be able to transfer photos and videos notably faster as well.

The Wi-Fi-capable Toshiba Flash Air III SD memory card will become available for purchase starting in March, with a $79.99 price tag for the 16GB model and $99.99 for the 32GB version.

The NFC-capable card, meanwhile, will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage configurations, and will work with any NFC-compatible device. In order to use the NFC capabilities with this card, all users need to do is download the Memory Card Preview App on their device and tap it to their camera (see image above). Their phone will then display up to 16 image previews, as well as the available storage space on the card.

"In order to find out what is stored inside SD memory cards, you usually need to put them into PCs or digital cameras to find out what is stored inside. The new product utilizes the features of NFC technology to exchange data simply with a touch. By holding an NFC-enabled Android smartphone, with the app 'Memory Card Preview' installed, over the memory card lets you preview the available storage space, as well as 16 thumbnails (max.) of the photos stored in the card," Toshiba explains.

On the other hand, this SD card doesn't support other functionality except for previews at this point, which means that users will not be able to download or do anything else with the photos via NFC.

The new NFC-enabled SD memory card from Toshiba will become available sometime next month, but the company has yet to provide pricing information or an exact release date.

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