#CES09: Pogoplug Debut – Connecting External Harddrives to the Internet

Pogoplug Debuts at CES 2009, Uniting External Hard Drives  With The Internet to Enable a Truly Connected Lifestyle Cloud Engines will debut the Pogoplug later today at CES. The Pogoplug is a small device that connects external hard drives to the Internet allowing for a mobile and digital lifestyle that allows users to seamlessly access their content from any mobile device or Internet-connected device.

“Consumers are buying millions of external drives to store their personal content, yet extending this content outside the home is overly difficult.,” said Daniel Putterman, chief executive officer of Cloud Engines, Inc. “Pogoplug makes this possible for anyone, with no network setup or configuration.”

Sure, this capability exists today… if you are a geek, but the Pogoplug is designed for simplicity. Setup takes a few seconds and requires no configuration. Users plug the Pogoplug into an electrical outlet, connect the supplied Ethernet cable to their home network router, and attach their external hard drive.

Once you register the product at my.pogoplug.com, the Pogoplug is online and ready for use.

Don’t worry, the product offers plenty for the geek too! Developers can use Pogoplug’s open Web services interface to build new features. Soon, Pogoplug will connect directly to popular sites that offer backup, file synchronization, photo printing and more.

The device is compatible with any external USB 2.0 hard drive or memory stick. Content is accessible with any Web browser, Microsoft Windows® Explorer, Mac Finder, and through the Pogoplug iPhone application.

The Pogoplug has a suggested retail price of $99, with no additional service fees. For a limited time, the company is offering an introductory price of $79. In the United States, the product can be ordered directly at www.pogoplug.com.