Pre-orders open for "infinite" usb memory drive

Earlier this year at CES in January, Infinitec, a company based in Dubai, showed a USB looking device said to be able to have "infinite" space for people to store their files on. They now have announced that the device is currently available for pre-order.

Ahmad Zahran, Chief Executive Officer at Infinitec said, "We've been waiting for this day for a long time and preparing very hard for it. We're extremely excited to finally be offering such a revolutionary product to the market and we hope that customers will get a sense on how much hard work has been put into it, especially into making something this complex and innovative as simple and easy to use as an MP3 player."

The device called the "Infinite USB Memory Device" or IUM for short, is going to be the first consumer electronic product to offer Dual-WiFi as a 'core' feature. It enables the ability for a device to connect to two separate Wi-Fi networks simultaneously. This allows the user to connect to both their home/office computer and the Internet without disabling their connection.

"Dual-WiFi is something that has been attempted by a few companies but never has it been done like this before," said David McKern, Chief Marketing Officer at Infinitec. "We've been able to alter the DNA of Wi-Fi networks, so to speak, to create a unique solution that gives our customers a complete and seamless experience. Without Dual-WiFi the user would have had to choose between connecting to the Internet or using the IUM and this was not something we wanted for our customers."

The device is capable of some interesting features, including being able to transfer all sorts of files to other machines in your home; it's possible to plug it into your HDTV or Blu-ray player in order to stream PC content. The company's goal was to make other devices, may they be computers, or TVs, think that this was just one giant flash drive, with gigabytes upon gigabytes of media right on the drive.

Available for pre-order here, it is priced at $129, and if you pre-order IMU, you will get free shipping to where ever you may live in the world. The company is saying that they will be ship all orders on August 31st.

Source: Engadget

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what would make this really cool is if it was designed to let you leech the internet from several of your neighbors.. i mean, connect to multiple connections at once

So this doesn't play my old gramophone records at all?
Then why should i buy this stupid thing?

And it can connect to TWO wireless networks?
Bah! that's far to many =(


Why do you need to connect to two WiFi networks?

Quote "Without Dual-WiFi the user would have had to choose between connecting to the Internet or using the IUM"

Sorry guys either this is bady designed our you are smoking something you should'nt. What is wrong with connecting both devices to the wireless router and accessing files that way? The 2.4ghz spectrum is already crowded without someone adding in extra channels when one would do.

Telefonica has/had/was going to release this thing in spain that was a thumb drive with a 3G connection and it uploaded everything somewhere, so it was infinite! I think

Julius Caro said,
Telefonica has/had/was going to release this thing in spain that was a thumb drive with a 3G connection and it uploaded everything somewhere, so it was infinite! I think
That's different than this. Those 3G USB adapters are just used to connect to a cellular network and have internet where otherwise you wouldn't.

This will allow streaming to devices that don't have network adapters but allow playing/viewing of data/audio/video files from a local storage medium like USB stick or external HDD's.

djpailo said,
Rubbish idea. What if you have no access to wi-fi? Then you pretty screwed

Good idea or not, I'm sure you can find a wireless router for cheaper than the price of this dongle.

Sorry about the massive amount of posts lol.
But I now understand what this device does.
Its just a streaming device, nothing else.
Limited only to its compatible list of devices, like ps3, xbox, etc.

From what I understand, the stick has minimal storage where a program is launched and it stores links for the data/files shares, which can then tell the device to stream data of the originator device.

Simples

I still dont like it though, I thought it was going to be a device you could take anywhere with you, e.g. england, usa, china, etc and then be able to access the files by streaming, but it doesnt seem to jump firewalls, so in a way this is only a device to use in your home, thats it

Reb0ot said,
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Yeah, it appears to be basically a dongle to connect 2 wifi machines or (from the sounds of it) 2 wifi networks. Nothing really useful IMO.

I was just reading through the website.
Notice the completely secure:
If you lose your stick, then not to worry because there will be no data on it, the data will always be on your PC.

So if you are the type of person that only has just one PC, then this device is completely useless.

Reb0ot said,
I was just reading through the website.
Notice the completely secure:
If you lose your stick, then not to worry because there will be no data on it, the data will always be on your PC.

So if you are the type of person that only has just one PC, then this device is completely useless.

What a retarded comment. If you only have just one PC, why would you be using a USB stick at all?

LiquidSolstice said,

What a retarded comment. If you only have just one PC, why would you be using a USB stick at all?


to transfer files between your desktop pc and your PC at work/friends' houses/etc etc?

LiquidSolstice said,

What a retarded comment. If you only have just one PC, why would you be using a USB stick at all?

To exchange files with other people who have only 1 pc...

LiquidSolstice said,

What a retarded comment. If you only have just one PC, why would you be using a USB stick at all?


For transfers like the other guys mentioned and even compressed backups.....

Reb0ot said,

So if you are the type of person that only has just one PC, then this device is completely useless.

Yeah!
And what about the type of person who doesn't have any computers at all.
What on earth are they going to do with this stupid product?

I say HANG EM for trying to sell this!

Funny they dont mention how much memory the stick has itself.
If it doesnt have any memory at all, then I dont see the point in this device at all.

They should create a cloud based memory stick lol, call it CloudMem.
If you wanna boot up your PC through CloudMem then it would work as a netboot and you could specify an IP for it.

Actually scrap that idea, I dont think it will make it onto the market

Reb0ot said,
Funny they dont mention how much memory the stick has itself.
If it doesnt have any memory at all, then I dont see the point in this device at all.

They should create a cloud based memory stick lol, call it CloudMem.
If you wanna boot up your PC through CloudMem then it would work as a netboot and you could specify an IP for it.

Actually scrap that idea, I dont think it will make it onto the market


Holy crap. You really didn't bother to read about what this thing does, did you?

LiquidSolstice said,

Holy crap. You really didn't bother to read about what this thing does, did you?

I did, but since its a memory stick I would have thought it would have something like a 8GB space on it to put temporary files that wont sync/stream. Or even to be used as a temporary backup stick.

This would have been great maybe 5 years ago.... but now with services like Dropbox, and LiveMesh, as well as Remote Desktop/VNC/TeamViewer/LogMeIn. I don't see the point either.

xendrome said,
This would have been great maybe 5 years ago.... but now with services like Dropbox, and LiveMesh, as well as Remote Desktop/VNC/TeamViewer/LogMeIn. I don't see the point either.

Yes, I agree. That sounds much less of a trouble than this.

xendrome said,
This would have been great maybe 5 years ago.... but now with services like Dropbox, and LiveMesh, as well as Remote Desktop/VNC/TeamViewer/LogMeIn. I don't see the point either.

Because Dropbox works on anything with a USB port, right? Like my 360?

LiquidSolstice said,

Because Dropbox works on anything with a USB port, right? Like my 360?

This device isn't going to automagically make the 360 see some content that it can't already access via the standard Wireless Adapter....

I do see a problem though.

If network A has addressing of 192.168.1.x and device A has IP of 192.168.1.1
If network B has addressing of 192.168.1.x and device B has IP of 192.168.1.1

Then it could transfer data to the wrong device I would think, thefore cancelling or rejecting the connection.

The only way to sort out this problem would be by using MAC addresses to distinguish the devices from each other.

Reb0ot said,
I do see a problem though.

If network A has addressing of 192.168.1.x and device A has IP of 192.168.1.1
If network B has addressing of 192.168.1.x and device B has IP of 192.168.1.1

Then it could transfer data to the wrong device I would think, thefore cancelling or rejecting the connection.

The only way to sort out this problem would be by using MAC addresses to distinguish the devices from each other.

Unless the dual-wifi is separated in a way that each wifi is NOT aware of the other wifi's network. Instead, wifi-A is only aware of wifi-B's location and wifi-B is only aware of wifi-A's location. Then, you can transfer from A to B and each wifi can distribute out to its own separate network depending on where it needs to go.

Or, like you said, you can go by MAC address instead of only IP.

Nagisan said,

Unless the dual-wifi is separated in a way that each wifi is NOT aware of the other wifi's network. Instead, wifi-A is only aware of wifi-B's location and wifi-B is only aware of wifi-A's location. Then, you can transfer from A to B and each wifi can distribute out to its own separate network depending on where it needs to go.

Or, like you said, you can go by MAC address instead of only IP.

It isnt unlimited space, its just an interconnection of devices that have to be online all the time.
Kinda like the sync service from microsoft.
The dual wifi would work in the following way:
1. connect to two networks and upload the data to another device.
2. connect to one network and then transfer data to another network.

It would have in memory the networks you connect to and would connect automatically (like with any wifi enabled device), it would also have presaved the devices you would want to transfer data to.

Would be good if the company would do a video of how it works and how it can be used, cause I dont see many people buying this, unless they get fooled by the word "infinite space"

It acts as a USB stick but the files on it come over wifi. So you can just put it in your tv for example and then you can access files on your PC. Network sharing made a lot easier.

I don't get it, its a dual wifi device not actually a storage device?

But when you plug it in to something (like a TV) you can stream data to the device, so you have to have storage somewhere else? your pc, nas, etc?

So its not an Infinite USB Memory Device, it is a multi purpose dual wi-fi dongle? (with some extra features) ??????

Teebor said,
I don't get it, its a dual wifi device not actually a storage device?

But when you plug it in to something (like a TV) you can stream data to the device, so you have to have storage somewhere else? your pc, nas, etc?

So its not an Infinite USB Memory Device, it is a multi purpose dual wi-fi dongle? (with some extra features) ??????


?????

Do you read????? Or do you just ask questions??????? Try reading?????

I read it twice without understanding it. It wasn't until I read this that I got it:

Firethorne said,

The fact that it isn't a drive, it is just pretending to be one. You set it up to pretend to be storage. So, say you have a DVD player that isn't on wifi, but can play movie files from a thumb drive. You set up this dongle to behave like it is your desktop PC's hard drive. You don't copy files to the dongle, it is just going to grab things over wifi as needed. But, when you plug it in, it looks like the dongle contains all the files on your PC.

LiquidSolstice said,

?????

Do you read????? Or do you just ask questions??????? Try reading?????

Try not being a dick?????

It sounds like its basically a mobile network drive. You connect the drive to 2 wireless networks, then can transfer from one network to the other. Somewhat useless IMHO. Not many times that you will have 2 computers in the same area but on completely different networks.

Shahrad said,
I'm interested to see what they mean by infinte space. Dual-WiFi, a great concept, security risk much??
I think by that, they mean you can transfer directly from one computer to another on different networks going through the USB drive, not actual infinite space on the drive itself.

"Infinite space" is a bit misleading. What this is really is a dual-WiFi dongle. You pair it with your laptop, then connect it to a network. Providing there are other computers on the network, your IMU looks at how much free space they have available, and then it pretends that that free space is the IMU's free space. In this respect, the IMU has infinite space because you can just add another computer to the network and the IMU will borrow that free space as well.

I got excited when I read the title of this article. But my understanding of how this works from the website has brought me down. I'll just look in to getting a USB key with physical space.