Geek Beat Sponsors Sanho’s CloudFTP Kickstarter Project

Daniel Chin, founder of Sanho, recently posted his company’s latest innovation called CloudFTP to the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter with a goal of raising $100,000 in the next 60 days to fund the product’s production and bring it to market.

Some of you may remember that Sanho is the company who created the HyperThin HDMI cable, for which they received the GeekBeat Editor’s Choice award, the iFlash, and also the HyperJuice line of batteries.

Well, the engineers at Sanho aren’t sitting still, because they’ve now invented a way to marry their battery technology with their storage technology, and give us the ability to wirelessly connect any USB storage device to an iPod, iPad, or even the Internet!

The Video

Here is Daniel’s excellent proof of concept video in which he demonstrates how the CloudFTP device will work.

CloudFTP Features

CloudFTP is a pocket-size adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with WiFi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.).

It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.

  • Connects to any USB mass storage compliant device
  • 2600mAh li-ion rechargeable battery powers USB port and device up to 5 hours.
  • High performance, low power consumption ARM Cortex A8 microprocessor
  • USB data is shared over a secure wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi network
  • Creates its own (ad-hoc) wireless network to share and stream media for up to 3 WiFi-enabled device (e.g. iPad, iPhone, computer) at the same time.
  • Alternatively, it can join an existing (infrastructure) WiFi network to share files with other devices on the same network.
  • Automatically connect to the Internet in infrastructure WiFi mode to backup and sync data with Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, box.net.

Specifications

  • Processor: Texas Instrument Cortex A8 650MHz
  • LCD: Mono 132 x 32 pixel
  • Battery: 2600mAh Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hours
  • USB Port: High Speed 480Mbps, Powered 5V/1A USB Host
  • Software: HTML5 Web browser based, iOS and Android app
  • Supported file system: FAT32, NTFS, HFS, HFS+, exFAT
  • Wireless: Supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n “ad-hoc” and “infrastructure” mode
  • Dimensions: 2.95″ x 2.28″ x 0.87″ / 75 x 58 x 22mm
  • Weight: 3.8oz / 109g

Pricing and Availability

The CloudFTP is scheduled for production in early 2012, and planned pricing is a paltry $69! This price point is amazing, especially considering the size of the unit, the functionality it packs in, and the fact that it will contain a battery that can power it – and a connected device – for hours.

But production will only occur if the project is fully funded on Kickstarter. So, if you want to help Daniel and the team make this dream a reality, head over the Kickstarter project page and pledge support for it. By pledging $69 you’ll be guaranteed one of the first CloudFTP units, and you’ll contribute to the goal of making the product. Keep in mind you’ll only be charged if the CloudFTP project is fully funded, and this is a company with many existing products and a great reputation. So there is really no risk.

Geek Beat Pledges $1,000

Cali and I believe supporting Kickstarter projects is a great way to democratize innovation and ensure brilliant ideas like the CloudFTP come to market. As a result, we’ve pledged $1,000 to the CloudFTP project and are looking forward to receiving a few once they’re fully baked.

If you’ve ever wished you could easily make data on a USB or portable hard drive accessible on the Web, or even just to a group of friends or co-workers, I would encourage you to head over and support the project. Let us know if you do!

Comments

  1. Razor512 says

    Yep with it’s size and price it seems good. If it can be modded to perform functions such as share a paid wifi connection, or offer other random functions, I will definitely buy one once it is available, as long as it doesn’t get any more expensive.

    I personally would like the function for the device to act as both a wireless client and AP at the same time (many custom firmwares allow this on some routers)

    I would also like the ability to simply connect to a network and act as a DLNA server for some content

    It would also be cool to have some basic web hosting, (One of my friends uses his netgear WNR3500l as a web server to test website designs and also host random esoteric sites for friends and family).

  2. Sean Palmer says

    The home routers that have USB connections are generally more expensive than one of these, and I haven’t seen any that sync with Dropbox yet. And of course they’re not battery-powered ad-hoc network devices :) I’m wondering how this compares, feature-wise with the PogoPlug? The PP has more apps available for it, but it costs a lot more and it’s not mobile.

    Hey John P., ever plugged a Drobo (Pro) into a PogoPlug or something similar? Does the volume of storage under your control give you a sense of power? :)

  3. Razor512 says

    Seems interesting but not exactly new.

    Hopefully it is low cost when released since they will be competing with other products such as routers which can be powered by batteries since they don’t use much, and tend to have USB ports for sharing a USB storage device over a network (while also being able to serve many other functions, eg routing, web hosting via custom firmware, and many other functions.
    (you can also use cloud storage)

    Think the Fon pineapple made by hak5, but with a different router that supports USB storage.

    Only downside is it will not be as small as the cloudftp device