The AirStash is more than a bulky card reader - it turns any SD card into a portable wireless media server.
Wearable Inc. has unveiled its latest gadget - an oversized USB drive which converts your SD cards into a portable, battery-powered wireless media server.
The aptly-named AirStash
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- appears, at first glance, to be a bulky USB memory card reader - but the bulk is there for a reason. Once an SD card is inserted, the device becomes a self-contained WiFi-connected media server, providing the content on the card to any PC within range - either over an unencrypted or WPA2-PSK secured connection.
Designed to easily bring additional content to Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and the up-coming iPad - although compatible with any device which supports a WiFi connection and has a web browser on board - the AirStash allows up to five hours of media sharing from a single charge. The USB connection allows for charging either from a host PC or a powered USB hub or mains adaptor - and using a PC to charge allows it to act as a traditional SD card reader, too
Supporting up to 32GB SDHC cards, it's a neat solution for sharing video and audio to devices that have small quantities of on-board storage - and the fact that each different device can stream its own choice of content should make for quieter car journeys for those with children.
Sadly, the AirStash has managed to price itself out of the impulse market: available for $99.99 (£65), it will have to be a considered purchase - although anyone who has managed to snag an iPad will likely be interested.
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