The VastStick (via Indegogo) is a Wireless Expandable USB Drive. It uses RAID technology to combine up to 16 microSD cards into one big USB drive.
It can be setup for maximum capacity (up to 4TB if you use 256GB microSD cards) or for fault tolerance. If you go for fault tolerance, you’ll only get half the capacity but, one or more of the microSD cards can fail and you won’t lose your data.
If you’re the techie sort, it supports RAID0 and RAID1.
It can be used by directly plugging it into your laptop like a regular USB stick, or you can use the WiFi/battery to make a wireless connection. It supports USB 3.1 when directly connected via the USB port. That means it will be able to stream up to 10Gb/sec. That’s plenty fast for what you probably need.
If you go for the wireless connection, you can connect up to 20 devices to it and access files, stream movies, etc. Oh, and you can still access the internet even when connected to the device.
The built-in 1200mAh battery will allow for up to 8 hours of streaming on a single charge. It only takes about an hour to recharge the battery. It can last on standby for up to 2 weeks.
VastStick supports most of today’s mainstream file extensions, so that you can easily stream all of your content directly from the disk without the inconvenience of having to convert files to compatible host device formats.
Here’s a list of the supported file formats:
- Videos – WMV, AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV, FLV, MPG, RMVB, M4V, TS
- Photos – JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, TIFF
- Audio – MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC
- Documents – DOC, DOCX, PDF, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, TXT
There’s even a app for iOS and Android devices. This easy-to-use app automatically displays your device’s content in a simple file system for quick and easy viewing of your digital media and files. The app can also sort the content on the drive according to type. So, you can simply select video, music, or photos from the menu in order to access that content.
The VastStick is still on IndeGogo with about a month to go at this point. It’s been 90% funded so it should make it. The units will ship in November.
So, if you need massive and convenient storage that you can take with you, the VasStick is probably what you’re after.
Wireless Expandable USB Drive: Product Details
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.25 x 0.46 inches (152 x 32 x 19 mm).
- Weight: 1.24 ounces (32g).
- Capacity: 64GB up to 4TB.
- RAID: 0 or 1.
- Connectivity: USB 3.1 or WiFi.
- Battery: 1200 mAh.