Wednesday, November 21st 2012

I-O Data Intros WiFi-enabled Card Reader

I-O Data Japan introduced a thoughtful new device for road-warriors, called NUBES, an SDHC/SDXC card reader that is completely wireless. The device is packs a 1,350 mAh battery that can keep it going for 4 hours on full charge. Supporting 802.11 b/g/n (up to 150 Mbps), the card reader has just enough bandwidth to stream 720p HD video. The reader works as a short-range WLAN router, supporting all modern router security features, including WPA-PSK (TKIP / AES), WPA2-PSK (AES). It supports up to three simultaneous connections. Along with the reader, I-O Data released an iOS app that allows you to manage files, and stream media from an inserted SD card. Measuring 83.5 x 12.3 x 5.8 mm (WxDxH), the reader weighs about 57 g. It is priced at 4,180¥ (US $50).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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4 Comments on I-O Data Intros WiFi-enabled Card Reader

#1
Completely Bonkers
I think this would work better as a wireless CLIENT, with an app for the phone devices to connect to it. To make it a ROUTER means disconnecting from your main network/wifi/internet connection to connect to this thing. Then you have to connect back again once you have looked and transferred your files. Much easier to be connected to both at the same time... and use your phone to upload pictures etc. to email or websites or chat channels.

And if you put your net settings on "autoconnect", you will have all sorts of troubleshooting problems as your device automatically drops your local connex to attach to this.
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Sasqui
by: Completely Bonkers
I think this would work better as a wireless CLIENT, with an app for the phone devices to connect to it. To make it a ROUTER means disconnecting from your main network/wifi/internet connection to connect to this thing. Then you have to connect back again once you have looked and transferred your files. Much easier to be connected to both at the same time... and use your phone to upload pictures etc. to email or websites or chat channels.

And if you put your net settings on "autoconnect", you will have all sorts of troubleshooting problems as your device automatically drops your local connex to attach to this.
Agree, good idea, bad implementation. How'd they do it with the Eye-Fi?
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#3
micksh
by: Completely Bonkers
ITo make it a ROUTER means disconnecting from your main network/wifi/internet connection to connect to this thing.
See the "road-warriors" in the first phrase of the article. When you hit the road you normally don't carry your "main network/wifi/internet connection" with you.
It's for those who want to extend iDevice fixed memory when being without internet connection.

BTW, the price is good and I hope they provide Android app as well. This can be useful to review camera photos in the field on a tablet that lacks full SD card slot.
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lindy
I hope they provide Android app as well.
Agreed. This could be very handy to use with my Nexus 7.
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