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WIRED : Give Your iPad More USB Mojo With CloudFTP

If there’s one big gotcha on mobile devices — phones and tablets alike — it’s the lack of widespread USB support. Some Android devices have SD card slots or USB ports, but the tablets lack the power to run bus-powered USB drives. And Apple’s mobiles famously have neither SD nor USB support built in.

But at long last, CloudFTP, one of the most successful gizmos ever funded by Kickstarter, fills in this missing USB link.

Connect any USB device to the CloudFTP box, and it becomes accessible on your phone or tablet via an ad hoc Wi-Fi network. It works with cameras and card readers as well as storage devices that require bus power. Connect a USB drive, and that drive essentially becomes a wireless file server. Also, any data stored on the USB drive becomes cloud-accessible — create a cloud backup, or transfer files to and from services like Dropbox.

The seven-ounce box is the epitome of simplicity. It’s outfitted with a small, two-line LCD display on top, a power button on one side and a recharge port on the other to top off the internal Lithium-ion battery. There’s a single, powered USB port on the rear, and it provides enough juice to connect an USB hard drive for up to five hours without requiring any additional source of power.

To test the CloudFTP’s mobile fortitude, I USB-ed it out the wazoo. I connected an array of drives, from a 1TB Seagate drive to a 32GB USB 3.0 Lexar Triton flash drive. The CloudFTP handled each with aplomb. I was delightfully surprised that its single USB port could handle the 1TB Seagate drive — to power the same drive on a laptop, I had to use two ports.

I was able to play the videos and music loaded on each drive on my iPad by switching to the CloudFTP’s unique, ad hoc wireless network, and accessing the directories of each drive using iPad’s Safari browser (CloudFTP has its own built-in HTML web app for poking around on your drives). All media played as seamlessly as if it was stored on the iPad. HyperDrive, the manufacturer of CloudFTP, says you can use it on a PC or Mac as well, but only if you browse with Safari. No other browsers are supported at this time. If you want to browse a drive on an Android tablet, you may need to download a free file manager app like ES File Explorer.

CloudFTP can also join other existing Wi-Fi networks. This makes it possible to share with multiple devices on the same network, and to automatically connect to the internet so it can back up and sync your USB drive’s data with cloud storage services. There’s a slight usability issue here, since connecting to an existing network takes a bit of finagling with settings in the CloudFTP’s menus. Following the instructions posted in the online manual, I was able to maneuver through the setup fairly easily.

Still, it seemed a long way to go to add files to my Dropbox account. I already have the Dropbox app on the iPad, but using the default ad hoc connectivity modem I could only read what was on the USB drives, not move the files into the iPad’s Dropbox. So to get the true power of the device, jumping through the extra hoops and connecting to an existing network is essential.

Still, CloudFTP is a unique and useful product that works as advertised. There are stand-alone Wi-Fi drives that perform the same ad hoc networking tricks. But with its ability to connect anything to your iPad or phone, the CloudFTP brings much more versatility to the table.

WIRED Tiny, portable device gives USB connectivity to mobile devices lacking USB ports. Connects via its own independent wireless network, or can join other existing networks to back up and sync USB drive data to the cloud.

TIRED Works only with Safari browser. Additional file browsing apps may be required on non-iOS platforms. Included recharging cable does not come with AC adapter. At $100, a tad expensive.

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GEEKDAD : CloudFTP: Expanding Your iPad With WiFi Access to External Storage

 

The CloudFTP is a great little niche solution if all you’re needing is to add streaming capabilities to a USB storage device you already own (or want to purchase). Again, given the extremely low cost of hard drives these days (not SSDs, but those are coming down, too) you can easily create an ad-hoc media server solution for your iPad with just the CloudFTP and an inexpensive drive.

 

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ZDNet Video Review: CloudFTP is a surrogate USB port for your iDevice

A video review of one of my favorite Kickstarter projects: CloudFTP.

By Jason D. O’Grady

I ordered a 64GB iPad because I tend to need all the space that I can get. But a new accessory that allows me to use external USB storage devices (flash and USB hard drives) with USB-less gadgets like the iPad is making me think twice. CloudFTP ($99) acts as a surrogate USB port for your iDevice.

I’ve posted a video review of the CloudFTP appliance. It’s a pocket-sized adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with Wi-Fi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.). It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, DropBox and Box.net).

[ZDNet.com]

CloudFTP named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 of the best Kickstarter technology projects”

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CloudFTP
Goal: $100k. Current: $262,351. Finished Jan 6.
kickstarter.com/cloudftp
Wirelessly connect any USB drive to your iOS device be it iPhone, iPod or iPad. Genius. One of those things you can’t believe nobody did before. We’d love to quickly connect a flash drive of films to our iPad, or even connect a digital camera directly – this is brilliant.

[Stuff]

Kickstarter Is Helping People Raise Serious Cash For Their Projects

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By Julie Bort

Crowd sourced funding site Kickstarter has been kicking ass for would-be entrepreneurs.

So far in 2012, two projects have raised over $1 million. Several others have surpassed $250,000.

A project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. That way creators don’t get locked into developing a project if they don’t have enough money and contributors don’t get stuck paying for crummy ideas.

Project owners have to promise something of value in exchange to those that contribute, but not the typical financial incentives such as ownership, a share of profits, or repayment. Instead the so-called “Kickstarter economy” is based on other types of rewards like copies of the work, limited editions or just plain fun experiences (such as dinner with a famous person).

Here are the 8 biggest awards for tech products so far…

Daniel Chin raised $262,351 to turn thumb drives into file servers.

Who: Daniel Chin founder of Apple accessory maker Sanho, in Fremont, CA.

How much: Chin got backers to contribute $262,351 when the project closed on January 6. This was fortunate as he was asking for more than the typical Kickstart project, $100,000.

For what: CloudFTP will turn any USB storage into a device that can wirelessly share files with the iPad and iPhone. Chin offered backers free products and also promised those that pledged $500 to include them in the ads placed he would place in a couple of popular Mac magazines.

[Business Insider]

The Cloud lands in your pocket

CloudFTP mentioned in Tell Technology For Everyday Life Magazine

Pocketable Cloud

by Michael McEnaney

We’re intrigued by Fremont, California-based Sanho Corporation and their new CloudFTP, a pocket-sized adapter intended to turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server. The gadget is aimed at letting you share multimedia files through Wi-Fi across PCs, tablets and smartphones in your home. We’ll surely be taking a closer look at this nifty little gadget later this year.


“USB is on the air” – The Boston Globe

CloudFTP mentioned in The Boston Globe

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.

[The Boston Globe]

“CloudFTP Adds Wi-Fi to Any Hard Drive” – WIRED

White CloudFTP with WiFi and USB logos

by Charlie Sorrel

Cloud FTP is a small box containing two things: A USB port and a Wi-Fi radio. Hook up any hard drive or other USB storage device and it becomes a network-enabled wireless drive.

What’s more, if you are away from a Wi-Fi network, the Cloud FTP will make one for you, so you can always access the data within (there’s also a five-hour li-ion battery inside). It’s a neat solution for either traveling with your phone or iPad, or for just making your 500GB movie collection streamable to your tablet or ultrabook back at home.

You can connect up to three devices at a time (more than enough, considering the use cases) and there’s even an LCD display on the top telling you the SSID and network address of the Wi-Fi hotspot.

If you already sucked in the Apple Kool Aid then you likely have a Time Capsule or an Airport Extreme base station at home. But the Cloud FTP is both more portable and cheaper than both, coming in at $100. Available for pre-order now, shipping in a month or so.

[WIRED]

 

“These Promising Tech Tools From CES Mean Business” – PCWorld

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By Yardena Arar

Another CES find that should appeal to business users is CloudFTP, a $100 soap-bar-sized box that turns USB storage devices into wireless file servers. Simply plug a USB drive into the CloudFTP’s USB port (it’s a powered port, in case the drive needs one), and CloudFTP creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network, making the drive’s content accessible to any Wi-Fi-enabled devices via either standard FTP, dedicated iOS or Android apps, or an HTML5 web app.

This sounds like a very handy gadget for iPad fans who need a way to access data on a USB drive without having to find and fire up a notebook. We’re looking forward to testing it when production units ship, hopefully within a few months.

[PCWorld]