Cloud FTP Connects Any USB Device To Your iPad, iPhone
USB storage devices – be they flash drives or your digital camera – are ubiquitous, but connecting them to some devices is cumbersome. For instance, while the 30-pin connector for iPads and iPhones terminates in a USB jack, that won’t connect directly to most cameras. Usually you have to use a computer as an intermediary.
The Cloud FTP changes that. It’s an adapter that turns a USB storage device into a wireless server. That means you can wirelessly access the files from any device, without having to go through the extra step of linking with a PC. It also syncs with cloud-based services such as Dropbox. Another cool feature is the battery -- it carries enough power for a typical USB hard drive, even without being plugged into an AC outlet. It creates it's own wireless network, so it can be used anywhere.
As the Cloud FTP is a Kickstarter project, the company that makes it, HyperDrive, and its founder Dan Chin, had to raise $100,000 by Jan. 6. The company reached about $134,000 by Dec. 5, exceeding that goal, so the Cloud FTP will start production soon. They will sell for $99.99, but backers that pledge $69 or more (the company is still accepting pledges) will get one in the first batch that ships.
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