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Kingston Punts Wi-Drive To iDevice Users

Kingston presented a new range of storage products at Computex called the Wi-Drive which allows users of iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) to store and share content wirelessly with a device that is flash-based.

Available either in 16GB or 32GB versions, it looks a lot like the SSD version of the GoFlex Satellite, a 500GB hard disk drive that, just like Kingston's Wi-Drive, will allow three devices to connect simultaneously.

The content can be accessed from up to 30 feet which makes it ideal for car journeys although it only has a battery life of four hours; which is slightly disappointing.

As for the Wi-Drive itself, it looks a lot like the back of the iPhone 3GS and is around 9mm thick. Files can be accessed and transferred using a Wi-Drive app from the App Store with an Android version to be launched later this year.

The drive comes with one year warranty and costs either $125 for the 16GB model or $175 for the 32GB model; UK pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

In theory, it is a great idea but the price is just too high which means that only iDevice owners who do not have a microSD card slot, will be willing to fork out the money.

It will be interesting to see whether Kingston is willing to bring out something similar but based on microSD cards (ed : how would this be different from a Mi-Fi device with a 32GB microSD card?).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.