Still smarting, I’m sure, from his spat with just about all of the big tech blogs the other day, Robert Scoble takes time out to announce his sponsor, Seagate’s, latest wheeze. A shirt-pocket sized portable hard-drive called D.A.V.E. with single button (unsurprisingly a power button) and USB port, you might be wondering how it lives up to even the mediocre billing Robert gives it. Well, it’s the built-in Bluetooth and WiFi that Seagate is counting on to pull in the punters.
Anyone who wants mobile media, would like to add more storage space to their cellphone or PDA, is interested in creating an ad-hoc social network of shared presentation, document or any other sort of files, will likely be seeing possibilities now. It sounds a whole lot like BluOnyx’s Mobile Content Server, which SlashGear covered back in December last year; now Seagate (who are supplying the 10gb and 20gb drives) haven’t spilt the beans on their partners yet, but with all the talk of software APIs and the dimensions (61 x 89 x 12 mm) being so similar to BluOnyx’s mock-ups, it’s not too great a stretch to think that they’re sharing more than just a storage ethos.
D.A.V.E. stands for Digital Audio Video Experience, and the device will have 10hr continuous operation battery life or last 14 days on standby. It weighs just 2.5 ounces (70g), and can tell within centimetres of a drop that it needs to park the drive’s head, before locking them totally. I’ll be interested to find out more, after Seagate present it at the Demo Conference.