Cool stuff, had to dig around the site a little bit to answer my questions, and it appears to do what you're asking. You can add up to 32 secured networks, ATT hotspot credentials, and it will use any open networks. The biggest issue I see is the cost, and that the largest card offered is only 8GB, which would seem to limit the card's usefulness. What good is it if you have to swap cards to keep snapping? And what's the usefulness if your journalist is going to be at the hotel each night with the laptop anyway? How prolific is Wifi in a warzone, that he'd expect to encounter Wifi away from the hotel?
I do like this technology, however, it seems to be that the best solution in a war zone is simply to have a stack of large SD cards. I don't know how many pictures he can get on an 8GB card, but having to swap it out because he's out of space and not near Internet connected Wifi defeats the purpose of this card. Finding a network and Wifi connected camera on the other hand would be much more useful; heck, just carrying around the USB cable would make up for that. Then for the same price he can carry more space. I'm also assuming that war photojournalists work under the auspices of getting 'stuck' places, and not being able to return to their hotels on occasion. At that point, finding a serviceman that has access to the internet and is willing to let your journalist do some uploading would be his only option.
I really think this is cool technology though- it would be great for anyone living in a city, or around Wifi in general- but what does it do for the camera's battery life? How practical would it be, given the basic assumption that more power draw means carrying around more batteries for the same number of pictures? Wouldn't it be easier to carry around more cards than more batteries?
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