September 07, 2010
Waiting for wireless tethering
Could photographers be clearer in wanting their images sent wirelessly & immediately to iPads and similar tablets, turning these devices into extensions of the back of the camera? I seriously doubt it.
At the moment you can kinda-sorta do some interesting things, as long as you have a traditional Mac/PC in the loop. Here’s a 3-minute demo from Brent Pearson:
Relying a regular computer largely defeats the purpose of using the tablet, of course. Photogs want to be shooting with a tablet-wielding assistant on the red carpet; checking lighting on set by reviewing raw image data; and just chimping on vacation. The whole point is to avoid lugging a 5-8lb. laptop & to carry a ~1lb tablet instead.
Here’s hoping that device makers are working on a Bonjour-like solution that’ll let cameras, computers, phones, and other devices in close proximity locate one another, then exchange data (stills, live video streams, etc.). If nothing else I’d stop wishing that my iPad included a camera for capturing raw materials for sketching, as I’d instead just use my phone as an extension of the tablet.