Fresh off the closing of its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, HYPER by Sanho Corporation‘s iStick reached well over its original goal of $100,000 and raised $1,100,629 from 7,495 backers. iStick is a USB drive with integrated Apple Lighning connector that was made for iPhone and iPad.
According to its campaign website, iStick allows the user to easily, quickly and safely move data between computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for Internet, wireless networks or the Cloud where hackers and even third party server operators may gain access. It will offer a standard USB connector on one end and an Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector on the other, with a physical switch to flip between the two.
iStick will have capability options of 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GB and will also include an app that will allow the user to cop y and move files in between it and iDrive. Through the app, users will be able to view documents, photos and videos; listen to music; back up snapshots all from the Camera Roll.
While it is able to connect Apple products such as iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Generation), it also works for PCs as well. It reads all types of files, including .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics.
Giving a background of the company HYPER wrote, “[The company] has been making storage products since 2002 and iDevice accessories since 2009. We have been awarded the prestigious CES Design & Engineering Honors by the Consumer Electronic Association not once but twice, both for storage products. This is our 2nd Kickstarter project. Our first Kickstarter project, CloudFTP, also a storage product, was the 3rd highest funded Kickstarter technology project when funding ended and named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 best Kickstarter technology projects”. We are also the technology provider for another successful Kickstarter project called CameraMator.”
They also noted, “We have been working on the iStick for about 3 years and have since built many stable prototypes and a fully functional universal iOS app. We recently just got Apple’s approval to use the Lightning connector on this product and to list the iStick app on the Apple App Store. The iStick is now MFi certified to work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.”
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