Storing files on portable drives is a real pain. Flash drives, microSD cards, external hard drives — the storage itself can feature bigger capacities or faster write speeds, but they’re still a pain. They require a card reader or a cable you forgot to pack. Sometimes your laptop won’t read a particular card. Sometimes they fail altogether.
Fasetto, a Wisconsin-based cloud storage startup, unveiled its latest effort to solve this problem today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s called Link, and it’s pretty incredible.
This tiny, cube-shaped device stores up to 2TB of data wirelessly. With its own operating system, quad-core ARM processor, and 4GB of RAM, it’s pretty much a tiny computer that beams content anywhere at any time.
Any device that is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth compatible can use Link via a proprietary app or the device’s web browser.
The guts inside this cube allow up to 20 device connections, and can stream media to 7 devices at the same time — without requiring any mobile data.
This means on-the-go users can leave the cables, adapters, and card readers behind. The CNC aluminum and shock-proof ABS plastic make it durable enough to withstand travel. Sitting in your hand, the Link has the geometry and rugged feel of a GoPro.
This redesign is a big step forward for the Link, which was easily one of the ugliest wearables at CES last year. It promised users 1TB of storage on their wrist, but sadly, looked like a house arrest ankle monitor. No more.
Link is expected to be commercially available in late 2016.