JAPANESE STORAGE VENDOR Toshiba has unveiled a wireless network storage adapter that allows users to wirelessly share, stream and access content from their smartphones, tablets, PC and Mac onto hard drives (HDD).
The idea behind the Stor.e Wireless Adapter is that it will help "ease the storage burden on mobile devices" by enabling them to connect to a HDD wirelessly. The 2.5in adapter measures 1.9x2.5x0.4in and weighs 24g, with a transfer rate of up to 300Mbps.
"The user connects the Stor.e Wireless Adapter to their HDD and a power plug and then can connect multiple devices simultaneously, sending data to and from your mobile device - freeing up precious memory for you to take more photos, buy more music and watch more films," Toshiba explained.
Toshiba said its launch comes at a time when the rise mobile devices means there is an estimated 10 digital devices per household in Europe, which is predicted to increase further.
"This increase has led to us all using more and more data which takes up precious memory on devices," Toshiba said.
The Stor.e Wireless Adapter gives users access to all data stored on a HDD "in seconds", so users can share them with others easily. It can be connected to up to eight devices at one time and, with its Internet Pass-Through Mode, the internet connection is never interrupted so users can simultaneously access their HDDs and the web.
It will work with both Macs and PCs, and has free Android and iOS mobile apps available for download.
The adapter is being launched alongside a 5TB Stor.e Canvio Desktop External Hard Drive, which Toshiba will ship with built in NTI Backup Now EZ software.
The Stor.e Wireless Adapter will be available from May 2014. There's no word on the 5TB HDD release yet. µ