Infinitec launches ‘infinite’ USB memory device
Dubai-based Infinitec unveils prototype of world’s ‘first Infinite USB Memory (IUM) Drive’
Dubai-based start-up, Infinitec, yesterday unveiled a prototype of the world’s ‘first Infinite USB Memory (IUM) Drive’, to be distributed across the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East at a price under US $129 on July 1 2010.
The plug-and-play device has streaming capabilities that allows users to share entire hard drives as well as any servers, external hard drives or other storage space that a PC or laptop has access to. There is no limit to the amount of storage capacity that the user can share, and that’s why its makers refer to it as an ‘infinite memory device’.
The IUM also allows one to share a single file or an entire hard drive; and stream movies in full HD, music and pictures directly to any TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, HiFi system, or any other device with USB capability. It’s also compatible with all major gaming consoles such as the PlaysStation3, Xbox360, and Wii.
It supports all types of files and folders with one having to mark the file for sharing using the IUM software – the files are then supposed to immediately appear on the IUM.
Ahmad Zahran, Chief Executive Officer at Infinitec, says, “Since the first PC was invented there have been external storage devices starting with floppy drives, then CDs, DVDs, flash drives, etc. The thing they all have in common is that they all duplicate your computer’s data and spread it over several units rather than having it all centralised. We needed a solution that kept your data in the same place while allowing you to share it with anyone without duplicating it.”
David McKern, Infinitec Business Partner, says, “The idea came about when we were looking at how do we get content from our laptop onto big screen televisions, there’s a lot of content that’s downloaded, but there’s no really simple and easy way or cheap way to get it onto big screen television, and hi-fi systems. So we looked at how do we develop this and get it through these devices quickly, easily and cheaply. And that’s essentially what we ended up doing is creating a product that meets those goals”.