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If you’ve been frustrated by an iPad’s lack of notebook-like inputs, an Illinois startup and a writable media maker have devised a clever end-run. Wearable Inc. and Maxell Corp. have introduced AirStash, a USB memory card reader/writer with rechargeable battery and Wi-Fi transceiver that leverages every iPad’s ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network—and it works with iPhone, iPod, Android and other devices as well.
The handheld device works without a router or Internet service. You simply download the free AirStash+ App from the Apple App Store, let your iPad find the AirStash among its list of available Wi-Fi networks and load the app. As long as the black and green USB stick is in range, you can stream or copy photos, videos, music and documents to your iPad. This second generation wireless flash drive now has 802.11n Wi-Fi support, three times the USB data transfer rate of its predecessor, and enhanced battery life of up to 7 hours of continuous streaming—in a 30% smaller package.
The only prerequisite is that you’ve plugged the stick into your computer for charging and transferring files. You can also insert an SD card from another device such as a camera or audio recorder, circumventing the need to carry a notebook computer in the field.
Though the AirStash is optimized for use with an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, it works with most Web browsers in other Wi-Fi-capable devices.
|Interfaces||USB, SD slot and 2-way wireless|
|Included Card||8- or 16GB|
|Wi-Fi compatibility||802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)|
|Security||WEP 128-bit, WPA2 upgradeable|
|Rechargeable Battery||Non-removable lithium-ion|
|Battery Use||7 hours|
|Dimensions||3.6 x 1.1 x 0.5"|