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Infinitec Launches Infinite USB Memory Device For Ad Hoc Streaming

Infinitec Launches Infinite USB Memory Device For Ad Hoc Streaming

It's not too often these days that a product hits the market and really catches everyone off guard (in a good way, at least), but it looks like a small start-up named Infinitec has done just that. It has launched a new product with a huge tagline: the Infinite USB Memory Device. "Infinite" sounds pretty crazy to us, but the IUM is actually not a flash drive at all; instead, it's a USB stick-styled device with a small computer within it.



Why would you need a USB stick in your PC when it can't hold anything? The IUM is actually an ad hoc streaming device, which creates a small, dedicated Wi-Fi network that enables a host machine to send files to a receiving machine over the air. In other words, the host PC will look like a giant hard drive to the receiving PC, and files can be transferred (or streamed) between the two. The IUM can also be inserted into pretty much anything else with a USB port: a printer, a Blu-ray player, a media streamer, etc. That way, the host PC can send signals over the dedicated Wi-Fi network, thus eliminating the USB cable connection between the two.

For now there's no way to stream this over the Internet (the two machines or devices must be relatively close to one another), but it definitely holds that promise if you had an Internet connection with enough speed to spare. The dongle is expected to ship this July for around $129, and we could definitely see this changing the way file sharing is accomplished. Rather than passing around a 256MB USB stick four or five times, you just install this and drag over as many files as you need. Nifty!


Example of how the IUM works
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So it is a USB wifi adaptor with some 'niffty' software?

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You nailed it.

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Except that you can plug it anything with a USB port, Blu-Ray players, consoles, TVs and stream whatever content you want. It eliminates the need for cables and seems promising.

Infinitec is a Dubai-based start-up, this is the first technology of note that I've seen come out of the Middle East since Israel-based Lucid's multi-GPU solution.

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Bla, for that price no thanks.

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Yeah it is a cool Idea, but I'll wait for the price to go down a bit. Plus who uses a 256MB USB key, my smallest is 2GB, and the other one is 4 GB. I also bought them all for less that 20 dollars. While the automatic dedicated wireless network is very cool for many other reasons. (IE printers HD TV Mp3 player cell/smart phones with wireless capability)

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I really like the mini auto network PC in something this small though.

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So I put my 8GB flash into one box,........copy files, and move them to another already.

Another gadget that we don't really need but may be "cool" to have,............

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yeah realneil the internal and auto network as well as a processor/"PC" in something this small is what I like.

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