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CloudPic: A Universal Adapter That Connects Your Camera to Your Phone

The ability to connect your camera to your smartphone wirelessly is starting to really gather some steam. Unfortunately, up until now, that technology usually required a WiFi connection and an adapter that often cost some serious dinero. But if all you’re looking to do is share the photos you take instantly sans WiFi network, you don’t have many options. Enter CloudPic Mobile.

Having already generated some buzz in the world of cameras, CloudPic is an affordable bluetooth 4.0 adapter that works with any camera sporting a mini usb port. The whole package consists of the CloudPic app (available for both iOS and Android) and the bluetooth dongle which connects up to your camera. Once you sync those two up, every photo you take can be send instantaneously to your phone at a more-than-respectable 27mbps, and from there on to the internet via your mobile network — no WiFi required.

The project isn’t yet fully funded but it is more than halfway there. With 13 days left, creator Brad Hudes still needs about $9,000 to turn this from idea into reality. If you want to contribute to the idea, or want to get your hands on a CloudPic as soon as it’s ready, head over to his Kickstarter page and be ready to pony up at least $35 for both the app and the adapter or $15 if you only want the app… although as far as we can see that doesn’t make much sense on its own.

CloudPic Mobile [Kickstarter]


 
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  • will hall

    sounds awesome, but the form factor, i.e how it sticks out is asking for trouble. How about a short cable up to something in the hotshoe, or even just a 90 degree bend to run the bulk of it along the body instead of poking out…

  • Macr237

    I don’t get it. Your camera has an anti-aliasing filter on the sensor, so your images will require sharpening before sending to the net at least, by what I can see.
    Am I missing something?

  • Rainer Riegler

     Well they should ask Logitech for their nano “dongle” which they are using for their wireless mice.

  • mvakleko

    How about the movies. Can we save them to our camera role. Would be useful for quick edits and uploads to he Internet?

  • Johnnyboy1932v

    I don’t think you understand these modern times. Every young person on the face of the planet has a social media page and a smart phone so the ability to share a low res copy to a social media site can only be a good thing. If you don’t see the benefits, don’t buy one. Embrace technology. Speed is everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504436614 Lee Harris

    He is holding that camera in the wrong way… Fecking amateurs … Anyway could this lead to a form of iPad tethering?

  • sam357

    The only thing I see being an issue is how it sticks strait out of the camera. It will be broken off almost as soon as you put it on the camera. I hope that the final product will have a better thought out form factor.

  • William Dolak

    Well, assuming that it ever actually does make it to market, and in this form, all you’d have to do is attach it to a short (say, 6″) USB extension cable. You’ll still have something hanging out of the camera, but it would be flexible. Not holding my breath, though.

  • Ranger 9

    In terms of capabilities, how is this different from using an Eye-Fi card’s “direct mode” to send your photos to the Eye-Fi app running on your smartphone and from there on to your chosen Internet destination? That option is already available and already works. The use of Bluetooth is different and the $35 price point (if it holds) is less than the cost of an Eye-Fi card, but this is not exactly a groundbreaking technology.

  • http://mike.heller.ca/ Mike

    The jpg files have sharpening applied, plus many allow you to set the amount in-camera.  You can get good jpg images from the cam to post online if that is what you want to do.

  • junyo

    You could probably do that yourself with a USB extension cable.

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  • Dnmeboy

    My thoughts exactly. You can buy the smallest Eye-fi card for around $40 and get the same functionality without having something sticking out of the side of your camera. One good thing about this project is that you aren’t limited to the space on the Eye-Fi card. Cheapest one is only 4 gigs. The card currently in my Nikon is 16 and I have 1754 photos on it. That wouldn’t happen using the Eye-Fi card unlessed I shelled out the cash for the highest storage space. That costs a bit more than the Bluetooth dongle. If he can make it a little more low profile I would consider purchasing one. Until then I’ll just transfer my photos to my iPad using the sd card adapter for the iPad. It works, it’s just one more thing to carry around and a few more steps to get the photos online.

  • Dnmeboy

    That would depend on the device you are transferring the video files to. iOS will likely not support the file format that your camera saves video as so the short answer to that would be no. However if you were using an android device things would be a bit different because it may natively support the video format. At least with android you could simply instal a 3rd party app, save the videos to your storage and use the file explorer to find and open with a 3rd party app.

  • http://500px.com/ethanfrank Ethan

    While it’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a shame he didn’t put a bit more effort into the product video. It’s hard to get excited about something that looks like it was shot on a 5-year old camera phone.

  • http://canondigitalcameras.co.za/ Canon Digital Cameras

    wow, this is long overdue, I cant wait. They must also make sure it can wirelessly sync  all the photos to your pc…

  • Karasu

    Transfer rate from an eye-fi card doesnt come close to 27 Mbps.

  • Tzctplus -

     WiFi wastes more battery.

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt L. Williams

    Hold on a second?  What about Android makes it so special at handling random video file formats?  iOS supports standard video formats.  Stop spouting nonsense.

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html 

    Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format 

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt L. Williams

    I have an Eye-Fi card that has similar functionality.  However, Eye-Fi is Wi-Fi only and requires a computer for setup and requires setup for each and EVERY Wi-Fi that you may want to use.  The Eye-Fi software needs some work as well.  I just did a photoshoot for a martial arts tournament and half way through the shoot the Eye_Fi software stopped receiving images.

    http://www.eye.fi/how-it-works/basics 

    The Ey-Fi cards are quite expensive. I bought the JPEG only version for $80.

  • Private

    Article doesn’t explain how nobody’s (including backers) questions are not being answered. This is obviously another fraud on KickStarter. It’s a shame, KS is such a cool platform.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fpikus Fedor Pikus

    The project has just been suspended

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnfdavidson John Davidson

    Yep. Just got the email. Wonder what happened?

  • Dan Schenker

    I got it too :( Very upset by this.

  • Bluemonkeybananas

    same here just got the suspension email :(

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt L. Williams

    Looks like the product was “bull sh*t”.