Any one using/recommending the Motorola Camera kit
Is anyone currently using the Motorola Camera connection kit, and if so, would you recommend it?
My daughter is ending me a new Nikon Coolpix P500 camera for Fathers's Day, and I'm curious about using my Xoom as a photo viewer while traveling. Thus, were I was previously not particularly interested in the recent ability (under 3.1) to act as a USB host, I now find myself very interested.
The kit itself appears to be simply a micro USB-to-USB connector. So, then, how does one go about utilizing it? What program has the ability to access the USB port for reading a connected device? Is it worth the $20, or do the less expensive micro USB-to-USB adapters work just as well?
- 06-13-2011, 03:19 PM #2
I've got mine working and am planning on taking it on an upcoming trip for use like you descibe. Yeah, the 'kit' is just the small short cable. (the $20 cable)
Mine didn't work right away, I had to figure out (with help from this board and Best Buy) that my camera's usb output had to be set to PTB. Whatever that is. Once that was set on the camera, when I connect the cable, the gallery opens up and it views the pictures on the camera like a folder. I can go into that folder and select which pictures to import, it copies them to my Xoom.
I tried putting a thumb drive on to see if my Xoom would recognize it, but it doesn't (I'm not rooted or anything special). The thumb drive would be nice, but not crucial to me at this point.
I bought a $3 usb adaptor from Amazon and it doesn't recognize my camera.
- 06-13-2011, 04:15 PM #3
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That is the beauty of the card. It creates it's own network when you are not in a wifi area and the xoom automatically finds it. It is definitely worth the 99 bucks. It will even auto erase depending on the amount of storage you set up as long as the pictures have been successfully been transferred.
- 06-13-2011, 09:58 PM #10
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Used the gallery and USB connector for 5 days last week on a trip and imported about 600 pics. All worked great and much easier to review and discard on the bigger screen and then sync up to picasaweb.
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Honestly I can tell you one thing, and that is that the Xoom's own design makes it impossible to use with stands. You can't even use the micro HDMI cable or even charge the thing.
Sent from my XoomDevices: Samsung Nexus S 4.0.1(alpha, of course), Samsung Vibrant 2.3.5 CM7 w/ Glitch Kernel v13, broken HTC Dream, and a Google Cr-48 with Ubuntu 11.10
Some time back (a couple of weeks ago, I believe), there was some noise about some possible adaptation of the Atrix's keyboard dock for use with the Xoom.
My response was that I wasn't too concerned about an attachable keyboard, but would like to see some sort of multi-function dock which would allow for full-sized USB and HDMI ports, as well as an application which would allow for the Xoom to be backed up to an external drive (attached to the base).
Another option would be an elevated stand which would allow enough room below the Xoom to accommodate the cables.
After checking out their "how It works" page (Direct Mode: instant uploads | Eye-Fi), I definitely considering it. I do think I'll pick-up the Motorola Camera Connect Kit as well (I can use it this coming weekend), and give it a try. But, long-term, the Eye-Fi would seem even more convenient to use.
Do you use a another app to get the Xoom to automatically accept files being sent to it?
- 06-14-2011, 11:27 AM #16
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Now that the Swype keyboard works on Honeycomb I don't see myself ever wanting to use a keyboard. I bought a small stylus and can now swype almost as quickly as I can type on a keyboard.
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