If you shoot often, then you probably go through the hassles of sticking your memory card in a card reader and battery in a battery charger often as well. While these tasks don’t take much time in themselves, doing them day after day can cause them to become quite tedious. Canon’s Cross Media Station is designed to make these things a breeze, allowing you to do both by simply placing your camera (or two, or three) on the device, which looks like a slick scanner.
Once a camera is placed on the station, power starts flowing into the camera battery, while the memory card data starts flowing the opposite direction into the station. Here’s a video demonstration of the technology in action shot by TrustedReviews at Canon Expo 2010.
In the future, instead of fumbling with memory cards, batteries, wires, and chargers, working with your images after a long day of shooting may simply involve plopping your camera onto a multi-purpose station. Sadly, having one of these things on our desks is still a few years away.