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