CloudFTP by Sanho Corp.
$99.95 at www.hypershop.com; ships in 4 to 6 weeks.
Nobody ever complained about having too many USB ports on his computer. I’ve got six on mine and wish for more. Then again, maybe I’ve really been wishing for a gadget like Sanho’s new CloudFTP, which combines USB and Wi-Fi to let you easily grab data from your favorite gadgets and broadcast it to friends, family, or your favorite Internet cloud services.
CloudFTP is a little battery-powered box with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Plug in a USB device, like a digital camera or a thumb drive full of documents, and CloudFTP will share its data with up to three nearby Wi-Fi devices. Say you’ve just shot some amusing pictures with your smartphone. Now you can quickly let your buddies take a peek on their own phones. If your home computer suffers from a shortage of USB ports, you can transfer files via CloudFTP instead.
Better yet, CloudFTP can connect to a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot to get access to the Internet. Now you can use it to upload files from your USB device to any number of cloud-based file storage services, like Dropbox or Apple Inc.’s iCloud. For example, a professional photographer could use CloudFTP to quickly transmit a day’s work directly from his camera to an online filing cabinet. CloudFTP is a brainy little device that makes our USB gadgets more valuable than ever.