IUM, the not quite infinite USB memory

By on March 4, 2010
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The IUM looks and works like any other USB flash drive. Except that is has no on-board storage, instead it reads files from a Windows PC’s hard drive over Wi-Fi

Infinitec is a Dubai-based technology startup that has just unveiled their first product, the IUM or Infinite USB Memory. Ahmad Zahran and David McKern started the company after they got increasingly frustrated by what was offered in the market in terms of USB flash memory and hard drives. Wanting an easy way to share lots of files and large files between a computer and any device that can take a USB flash drive, they came up with the IUM.

In essence the IUM looks and works to the device you plug it in to as any other USB flash drive. The important exception is that is has no on-board storage, instead it reads files from a Windows PC’s hard drive to which it’s connected via ad-hoc Wi-Fi. First, you partner the IUM to the Windows PC, setting security and how large the drive should appear to the device you plug it in to. The size is totally arbitrary so you can set it to 1GB, 500GB or several TB, if you like. That’s where the infinite part comes in. Once configured and paired with the PC you can then add what files and folders you want to share. You can drag and drop and even create virtual folders to organize the content. Virtual folders only appear to the target device, not on the Windows PC.

Once you plug the IUM into the target device – a computer, a DVD player, TV, Xbox, Playstation, etc.- it will read the file structure from the Windows PC, which can take a while depending on the size of the IUM, and make it available. If you plugged it in to a computer, it’ll appear on the desktop and from there on you can copy from it, open files from it, etc. just like any other USB flash drive. All files shared with the IUM are read-only except one folder that you can use to upload files back to the host PC.

Infinitec plans to have the IUM in the market for customers to buy in July this year at a retail price of less than $130 US. If you want to know more about Infinitec and he IUM, there’s a series of articles on Shufflegazine.


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