Canon Cross Media Station Storage Concept

Canon Cross Media Station

Recently, Canon announced (again) that it is developing a photo storage device called the Cross Media Station. The details are slim – only stating that it will use NFC technology to store photo and video files from Canon cameras and those files will be viewable on a TV.

It is stated to have networking capabilities as well, but again, details are slim.

In fact, details were more prominent when Canon announced its Cross Media Station in 2010 at the Canon Expo in Paris, which was virtually the same concept.

I have so many more questions than I do answers about this device. If the implementation of the device is anything like the product Canon has been working on since 2010, it probably needs to die.

People want to connect with their cameras to smartphones, not televisions . . . and that smartphone connectivity still needs to be polished instead of creating a TV box to manage (using a clunky remote) the vast quantity of photos and videos we shoot.

Nothing in Canon’s press release, which you can read below, gives me confidence that this will be a product that I would want to own. [Read more…]

Canon Announces 3 New Wireless Printers

Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo AIO printer

Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo AIO printer

Canon has added three wireless printers to its PIXMA All-in-One inkjet printer line – the PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620 printers. Each of the new models works will Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint web app for cloud-connected printing. Additionally, the PIXMA Printing Solutions app allows users to print from popular social platforms and services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox and Evernote.

The top-end MG7520 offers a 3.5″ LCD touchscreen and includes Active NFC, which allows users with compatible Android devices to print by touching the device to the printer. The MG6620 offers Passive NFC that allows similar functionality if the device is connected to the same network as the printer.

The PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620 printers retail for $199.99, $149.99 and $99.99.