Canon Cross Media Station is platform to charge cameras and transfer photos, wirelessly
If you own more than one digital camera you typically have to keep track of an assortment of chargers and card readers and that can be a pain. Wouldn't it be better to have one device to charge everything and copy all your content without wires? Is this a dream?
It's not a dream and it's not yet part of our reality, but it looks like it soon will be. Canon was showing off the Cross Media Station this week at Canon Expo 2010 and the video below, made by Trusted Reviews, shows the unit in action. Still in development, the Cross Media Station uses inductive charging technology to charge your cameras when they make contact with it's top surface. It also automatically downloads your photos and videos and with the unit connected to your TV via HDMI you can view your files almost instantly. The video also shows viewing and sharing capabilities that sort your content based on time, camera used or using face recognition technology, by person.
Inductive charging has emerged with a new universal standard called Qi (pronounced "Chee") and already is being used with products like the Energizer Inductive Charger. That device, however, requires you to install a special sleeve on your iPhone or Blackberry. The intent of inductive charging technology is to have phones, cameras and other devices Qi-ready so no additional hardware will be needed. It appears the Canon cameras in the video are equipped with onboard Qi interfaces. Watch the blue lights glow when they're placed on the charging surface.
To make this technology work as intended, Canon's cameras would have to be redesigned to include the Qi interface and that's probably going to take some time.
The technology for automatic wireless transfer of photos and video already is available with Eye-Fi cards. It's likely the Cross Media Station would use similar technology to transfer content from the cameras from to the media station using an Ad-Hoc wireless network.