Seagate’s wireless hard drive has only been around for a few months, and the rug has already been pulled out from under them. What are we talking about? Seagate’s GoFlex Wireless hard drive is targeted at iPad and iPhone users who are challenged with capacity caps on their devices. This hard drive provides up to 500GB of data storage and allows anyone with a WiFi enabled device to connect to it wirelessly and playback movies, music and access the usual vareity of other documents and files. However, some caveats of the device include the price ($200) and that you can’t daisy chain other USB storage devices to it.
Enter the CloudFTP. Yup, it’s another Kickstarter project, but this one already has legs, over 100,000 of them. In a nutshell, this tiny box allows you to convert any USB storage devices into a wireless USB storage device. Just plug in a USB flash drive or a hard drive, connect to the box on your computer or portable device by selecting it from your list of available WiFi network, navigate to the appropriate page and you can play movies, music and more.
For those who are attuned to a more advanced setup, you can add the CloudFTP to your wireless network, which should allow anyone whose joined the network to access the attached drive’s contents. With this featured enabled, you can also set the CloudFTP to automatically back up its contents to DropBox, iCloud or pretty much any cloud service out there.
Inside the tiny black, plastic box is an LCD screen to keep you up to date on its activity, a low power ARM Cortex A8 microprocessor to keep things humming along smoothly and a 2600mAh li-ion rechargeable battery that can power any attached USB device for up to 5 hours. It’s capable of connecting with up to 3 WiFi devices simultaneously, which is 2 less than Seagate’s offering, but at intro price of $69.99, $130 less than the competitor, who cares.
As we’ve already inferred, this project has already received over $100,000 in funding, exceeding their goal. We’d expect more funds to flow in over the next 32 days, where upon the project will be officially funded and the CloudFTP will go into production.