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Infinitec IUM with Game Consoles  (Source: Gizmodo)
A USB storage device that has no actual storage space

The USB port is one of the most ubiquitous computing interfaces ever designed. The port in its various sizes and guises is found on all manner of computers, game consoles, TVs, cable boxes, cameras, and more. The number of uses for USB is simply staggering.

A company called Infinitec has announced a new Infinite USB Memory Device or IUM. The company describes the IUM as the next generation of USB flash drives. The drive promises media streaming capability and claims to remove worry about how much space is left for storage and removing data before you add new data to the drive.

The IUM allows the user to share an entire HDD along with servers, external storage, and any other storage that your notebook has access to. That effectively means you will never run out of storage space, as long as your PC has space anyway. How much data from the drive is shared can be determined at the file level allowing the sharing of an entire drive or a single image on that drive.

IUM supports all file formats and if lost or stolen none of the files go with the drive because it relies on storage in other locations for actually storing the files. Infinitec also claims that the drive can stream media from a laptop to any device with a USB port including TVs, DVD players, game consoles and more. The IUM is specifically said to support the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

To operate, the IUM has to be paired with a computer and can only be paired to a single computer. This allows multiple IUMs to be used in a location without interference. The downside to the IUM is that since the device uses your laptop or desktop HDD for storage you will need to have the computer with you on the road to access files. One interesting use for the device is to send the digital photos from your PC to a digital photo frame.

Pricing and availability are unknown.



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By sepirocth on 2/20/2010 3:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
Basically one Perfect use i see on this is with older devices that dont have media sharing or wifi etc, but another perfect use is imagine you have a server you dont want anybody to touch like a file server or admin server at any business, so you would basically have a second HDD on it and use it with this device so therefore the main server is almost 100% protected as it is not connected to the network at all almost just one hdd is shared using this usb device with another networked computer, I was an admin before for a school and students always trying to mess around I would think this would be a good idea to keep file servers off the network.


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