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Motorola XOOM Camera Kit Available for $19.99, Support Coming Through Update

When we first reported yesterday that a Motorola XOOM update would be made available today, we were sort of confused about one of the new enhancements included in it – the new “picture transfer protocol.”  We kept wondering how this was going to work, but the answer is now obvious thanks to a couple of tips from some VZW friends.  Motorola is introducing a XOOM Camera Kit that is available for $19.99 and can be ordered if you ask a Verizon rep to use item#:  MOTMZ600ADPKIT.  We say to ask a rep because the accessory is not yet viewable online, but we’re being told that it’s definitely in stock and can be ordered.

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  • It looks very cool camera kit. and it seems very affordable and handy to use this kit. sounds like very interesting to me. I like to buy this cool gadget kit.


  • It is a costly option

  • Anonymous

    If the Xoom can do this, how about regular Android cell phones? What kind of software would that require? I would love to be able to copy photos from my SLR’s SD card to my phone to e-mail to people when I’m on traveling. I know Eye-Fi can do this, but that gets really expensive if you take a lot of photos.

  • Anonymous

    This is a $20 USB OTG adapter. Search for that and you’ll probably find something cheaper.

  • I ordered this cable: http://goo.gl/oj0V2 should be here in a couple weeks.

  • Anonymous

    I want a cable to connect my droid to my XOOM would make transferring files much easier especially with out the support of a working SD card slot, I know there is a kernel that fixes this, but plugging the two together would make life a lot easier.

  • I see a lot of USB hosting coming from this little guy. Lets get it done devs!

  • Rob Becker

    Huh, why not just make the effin SD card slot work!?

    • Joe

      The SD card situation is a completely different area of usage. Being that that slot is only for microSD cards, those of us who are photographers who use grown up memory cards (like CF cards) need a way of transferring images to the tablet without having to bring a laptop along with us. Personally I can say this is a big feature for me. I really need to be able to pull images either off of the CF card (via a card reader) or directly from my DSLR while in the field, directly to the tablet.

  • Another +1 for my viewsonic gTable with this port built in 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I already have an adapter that “should” work. The adapter that allows rooted Xoom’s to use host mode. That should be the same adapter to allow this to work. I paid a hell of a lot less than 20 bucks for mine! Once the stupid update is out I’ll be able to find out for sure if it’ll work as my camera is sitting right behind me ready to go.

  • Anonymous

    Does the ASUS transformer allow you to use the USB to xfer files?

  • When I saw this on Twitter I was hoping for a lense and strap to turn my Xoom into a super camera LOL!!!!!!!!

  • Ray

    Can we say eye fi card much better value

  • Anonymous
  • Skeptic555

    Just quoting a post from the Motorola Support forums here. Don’t know the author, and cannot vouch. But, looks like the .46 cent version may not get the job done. Here is that post in its entirety. From Feb, so some things may have changed.

    “I am the engineer who designed the hardware for USB on the Xoom. I can confirm that the hardware is capable of supporting any USB 2.0 (or earlier) device using the host mode adapter cable. The software will, however, have limitations. The software that will be shipping on the Xoom will only have support for USB keyboards. I cannot guarantee this, but I have been told that support for camera connection will be available at some point. This should enable the Xoom to also detect some phones as digital cameras. As far as flash drives and external hard drives are concerned, I don’t know whether or not they will be supported.

    For those of you looking to buy the adapter, please do not buy a standard micro-USB to USB adapter. It is not going to enable host mode on the Xoom. The adapter sold by Motorola has the ID pin set to host mode, and the generic adapters you can buy online will not.”

    • Anonymous

      Give the guys in china a week or two. If it is just a wiring issue, they’ll start coming out with ones that will work post haste.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    nickel & dime, nickel & dime

    wait for the Toshiba Regza tablet and you can just pop in your cameras SD card and viola..

  • Joe

    I do not think this is just an “adapter” per se. This will almost certainly be wired as a USB host adapter, which is very very different from a standard micro-to-female USB adapter. Just keep that in mind…

  • I see interesting things happening in the Dev community. It would be nice to plug in a customer’s thumb drive and access any files they need me to have when meeting at lunch.

    • Anonymous

      Even better to let them upload it to a shared Dropbox folder. That is unless they’re your customer’s smokin’ hot wife or daughter(of age of course) meeting in their place.

  • Mrpicolas

    R U fn kidding me $20.00 for something the usb cable and sd card should be able to do. #motofail..

    • Anonymous

      Let alone same thing a Eye-fi Card does. 50 bucks for a 4 gb eye-fi card sounds better then a 20 buck cable.

    • DBK

      Looks like they took a page out of the fruity book.

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    That’s actually very, very useful… would allow me to not be forced to carry my large Studio desktop around… that said, the microSD card port better be activated in a Honeycomb update from Google in the very near future… as I’m sure anyone that shoots in RAW will fill up that poor little Xoom in no time at all… even shooting in jpeg, it would be less than ideal without additional storage.

    That said. It’s very pricey, but it’s nice to know exactly what the feature meant. I think I’d bring my own cable to the table… monoprice beckons.

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      Studio LAPTOP… sorry, I wouldn’t be carrying around my desktop any time in the near future… :-p

  • Jenngrover

    Is it just a USB to micro USB adapter…cheaper on Amazon if that’s the case.

  • Anonymous

    What does that do?

  • John

    $20 for a female USB to male micro usb connector? I just found one for $0.46 online. Fourty Six Cents.

    • Since it says “kit,” I hope there’s more to it than that.

      • Anonymous

        It comes with a bumper sticker that reads, “Honk if you like taking it up the a$$ from VZW/Moto too!”

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing…looks like a branded piece of plastic and metal worth 2 quarters. Don’t think it’ll take too much time for someone to check and see if the standard connector works.

    • Crazydog

      You should enlighten us to your source. 😛

      • FortitudineVincimus

        ebay.. crap like that from Asia is always dirt cheap. and it will work the exact same as the $20 moto one… which is from Asia

    • The Moto camera kit cable is a micro USB HOST cable (a regular usb to micro usb won’t work).  You can get a cable that’s exactly the same as motorola’s for less on amazon.  This will enable the use of external hard drives, mice, USB flash drives, game pads and more.  here’s the link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GGBYJ4?ie=UTF8&seller=A76FR6O1NBAXV&sn=T%20%26%20S%20Electronics%2C%20LLC