Convergence can often be seen as a dirty word, but iRiver's Unit 2 (which we first caught a glimpse of in January last year, then again in July) seems to have convinced everybody who tried it at CES 2008 that putting a WiFi radio, CD/DVD player, VoIP phone, GPS, streaming and download into a single machine is nothing but A Good Thing, and well worth waiting (and saving up the $700 they estimate it'll cost) until 2009 to pick one up. A 30GB drive, SD slot, removable display-cum-independent-7-inch-PMP (800 x 480, 16:9 aspect) and a remote that folds out to give a full QWERTY for messaging round out what could be the gadget of next year.
Back when I reviewed LaCie's Ethernet Disk mini I was particularly taken by its UPnP media funnelling capacities (which still form the core of my home media setup); now they've upgraded the range of compact network-attached storage with the Home Edition, which adds remote access, iTunes media server functionality and Axentra HipServ for drag'n'drop file sharing.
It's a while until my birthday, but if I have any closet admirers out there you may want to start saving up for Arcam's latest high-end home entertainment lump as I'd really rather like it. The FMJ MS250 Music Server has a 400GB hard-drive slapped inside a four-zone media player, capable of storing up to 640 uncompressed CDs or up to 4,800 compressed CDs.
Seagate's D.A.V.E. has already been the subject of a PodTech video, but that didn't stop the guys at Uberpulse from sitting down with Rob Pait, the company's director for Global Consumer Electronics Marketing.
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.
On a day where many were expecting Apple's long-awaited cellphone to launch (don't think we've finished with you yet, Brian Lam!) there is in fact a far more interesting product breaking cover. Agere Systems, primarily known as a semiconductor specialist, launched their BluOnyx Mobile Content Server; SlashGear sat down with them for a pre-CES'07 briefing.
To over-simplify, BluOnyx is a highly compact, portable hard-drive with initial capacities that start from 1GB and max out at 40GB. At approximately 85mm by 54mm it's the same size as a credit card, and it ranges from 6mm to 15mm in thickness depending on its internal storage. What makes it special is its connectivity and the sharing software Agere have developed. BluOnyx v.1 will have Bluetooth as well as USB and SD options, while v.2 is expected to add WiFi to the mix. Link up wirelessly from your cellphone and, once you've paired, BluOnyx's menu can be browsed remotely as can its stored content.
Dude, John of CrunchGear just got his mitts on the Maxtor 1 terabyte (TB) of storage! That’s a whole hell of a lot of storage space. The Maxtor software plays nice on both PCs and Macs – he’s thoroughly happy with that. The box is fairly attracted with plastic cladding and a brushed metal face with inset RAZR-esque buttons. John talks about other things such as running iTune catalog from remote drive over wireless network and other things…so read up.