AirStash Wireless Flash Drive makes File Sharing easy

AirStash Wireless Flash DriveThought you’d just about got USB flash drives all worked out? Sorry guys, they were so0o last year.

The new standard for portable media transfer will soon become wireless, with AirStash leading the way. However, this isn’t just a device to take files around on and distribute between computers, it’s so much more.

The AirStash is a mini media server and Wi-Fi access point meaning that any device with Wi-Fi capabilities can access the files on it through a Wi-Fi connection that it creates (that’s right, you don’t even need to be on a network to use it!).

Wireless Power Consortium hopes to standardize everyone on Qi for wireless charging

Remember Fulton’s eCoupled wireless charging solution? Well, Fulton got together with some other big power hitters such as Philips, National Semiconductor, Sanyo and others to form the Wireless Power Consortium, their main purpose being to create and guide a wireless power charging standard.

Wireless Power ConsortiumThey named their standard Qi (as in the Chinese life force). Now, actual working products are starting to emerge. For example, Dell’s Latitude Z uses the technology, and now Energizer is releasing its Inductive Charger for the iPhone and Blackberry Curve and even for the Wii.

Of course, you probably also know about Powermat, but they are a competing technology. Ah, technology wars – let us count the ways we hate thee.

Bluetooth coming to Smart Grid?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is focusing on lobbying to include Bluetooth technology in smart grid with two recent papers. The first strategy paper describes the market for in-home wireless in Smart Energy, domestic HVAC, and home appliances. The second is a technical justification of Bluetooth technology as the choice for these markets.

The executive director of the SIG, Michael Foley believes Bluetooth will work well with smart grid technology because it is sufficiently secure and can handle interference from other wireless products.

“The comprehensive scope of our specifications enables Bluetooth technology to provide an integrated solution that can cope with interference and which is optimized to have the lowest power consumption for these applications,” said Tom Siep, chairman of the Bluetooth smart energy group, in a statement. “The Bluetooth SIG is confident in our projections for success as the world addresses the need to make better use of energy.”

Source: Wireless Week

Wireless Rock Speakers

Wireless Rock Speakers Enjoy your music in your backyard all summer long with these Wireless Rock Speakers.

The speaker pair system is wireless up to 300 feet while putting out 50 watts of RMS power. The 5″ midrange drivers are paired with 1″ aluminum tweeters for clear and accurate sound reproduction. You can choose to run off of batteries for wireless operation or use the safe 9v power supply for unlimited runtime.

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Price: $249.95

(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Cisco Valet Wireless Router simplifies home wireless networking setup

Cisco’s new line of wireless routers, Valet and Valet Plus, aim to simplify wireless networking and connectivity for home users.

How? Plug in the Valet wireless router, then plug in the accompanying USB stick (called the Easy Setup Key) into your laptop and/or desktop. The Easy Setup Key runs you through a few screens and configures your wireless for you.

Valet offers you 802.11n wireless (as well as b and g), parental controls, guest access for your friends and family, along with some 100Mbps ports on the router itself.

The Valet Plus has Gigabit (1000Mbps) ports for faster wired networking.

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Price: Valet: $99.99, Valet Plus: $129.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Silex SX-3000GB Gigabit USB Sharing Server

silex gigabit usb serverHere’s another way to do some ‘wireless USB’ sharing via Silex’s Gigabit USB Device Server. Plug your USB devices into this hub-like gadget, then plug it into one of the Ethernet ports on your wireless router. Et voila! Shared devices.

It only has 2 USB 2.0 ports, but you can share up to 15 devices by using a USB hub. The SX-3000GB also has a built-in web server, so you can manage it, see status, connect and disconnect attached devices.

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Price: $81.96
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Netgear’s PTV1000 puts your laptop’s display on your HDTV wirelessly

netgear ptv1000Without needing a media streamer device, the Netgear PTV100 Push2TV gadget can display anything from a laptop with Intel’s Wireless Display technology.  The PTV1000 is a small lightweight box that connects to your HDTV via HDMI and connects to your laptop wirelessly via 802.11.

The PTV1000 can also connect via AV composite.

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Price: $99.99
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CES 2010: Powermat Announces Powerpack – Replacement Batteries for Cell Phones

Cordless charger vendor, Powermat, just launched an update to their product line – the Powerpack which is a replacement battery for your cell phone, so that you won’t need to wrap your cell phone in a Powermat-compatible sleeve or tack on an adapter.

powermat charger

Powerpacks will be available for devices from Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and more and cost about $40 each. Notice there’s no Apple on that list?!

Available in May 2010

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