It's been a long time comin', but the little startup-that-could has just gone official with its first major consumer electronics peripheral, the IUM. First introduced at CES, this ad hoc streaming stick creates a local WiFi network (802.11b/g/n; 2.4GHz to 5GHz) for all sorts of media and data to flow from your PC to, well, pretty much anything. PC to PC, PC to Blu-ray player, PC to printer and PC to console streaming is all within reach, with HD support baked in to boot. We've already given you low-down on functionality, but today the company is announcing a July 1st availability date for consumers across the US, Canada and Europe. We're told to expect it for "under $129 depending on the location," and if all goes well, it'll ship in even more locales in due time. Hop on past the break for the full release and promo video, and be sure to give that Shufflegazine link a visit for podcasts detailing the use scenarios.

Infinitec Infinite USB Memory Device (IUM)

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Dubai-based Infinitec unveils world's First Infinite USB Memory Drive

New drive leverages wireless capabilities to stream unlimited data between devices

Middle East, 1 March 2010: Dubai-based start-up, Infinitec, today unveiled the prototype of the world's first Infinite USB Memory (IUM) Drive to a selection of UAE's technology community. The drive, the first of its type to be developed in the Arab world by Middle East expatriates, Ahmad Zahran and David McKern, is the next generation of USB flash drives, providing a more efficient, practical and comprehensive solution for transferring files. As the next generation of USB flash drives, the new Infinitec IUM is compatible with any device that currently accepts the use of traditional flash drives or has a USB port, from printers to digital photo frames.

Ahmad Zahran, Chief Executive Officer at Infinitec, pointed out, "Since the first PC was invented there have been external storage devices starting with floppy drives, then CDs, DVDs, flash drives, etc. The thing they all have in common is that they all duplicate your computer's data and spread it over several units rather than having it all centralised. We needed a solution that kept your data in the same place while allowing you to share it with anyone without duplicating it."

The new Infinitec IUM's streaming capabilities allows users to share entire hard drives as well as any servers, external hard drives or other storage space that a PC or laptop has access to. There is no limit to the amount of storage capacity that the user can share, hence it's capabilities of acting as an infinite device. The IUM also gives the user the complete freedom of choosing whether to share a single file or an entire hard drive. This capability allows users to stream[1] movies, music and pictures directly to any TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, HiFi system, or any other device with USB capability.

"Because the Infinitec IUM doesn't actually store any files, if it is lost or stolen, none of the files are lost or compromised," enthused Zahran. "Unlike traditional flash drives, the IUM doesn't store any content in it ensuring that data is always protected because it never leaves your laptop or PC."

The IUM supports all types of files and folders regardless of the functionality or the extension of the file. All you have to do is mark the file for sharing using the IUM software and your files will immediately appear on the IUM. The IUM also has the ability to streaming movies in full HD (1080p support). The IUM is plug-and-play device and therefore recognised by all operating systems. As a true Plug and Play device, it needs no additional software or drivers.

The IUM is also compatible with all major gaming consoles such as PlaysStation3, Xbox360, and Wii.

Pricing and Availability

Infinitec is currently setting up its retail and distribution channels across the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. The product is expected to be available in these regions from 1st July 2010 and will retail at a price of under $129 (€95) depending on the location.

Tech Specs:


General
File System Capabilities: FAT32 and NTFS
Maximum Size Capacity: Unlimited
Interface: High Speed USB 2.0
Status Indicator: Tri-coloured LED
Mode Control: Physical switch to shift between 'pair' and 'infinite' mode

Wireless
Wireless Supported: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Data Rates: 802.11b up to 11Mbps
802.11g up to 54 Mbps
802.11n up to 300 Mbps
Frequency Range: 2.4-2.5 GHz

Security
WEP (64 & 128 bit)
WPA & WPA2 (TKIP and AES)

Host Laptop Minimum Requirements

Processor: 1 GHz
RAM Memory: 1 GB
Available Hard Disk Space: 50 MB
WiFi Capabilities: IEEE 802.11 b, g or n
USB Port: USB 1.1 or 2.0
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista or 7

Dimensions
Length: 79.4mm (3.125 inches)
Width: 22mm (0.866 inches)
Length: 14.2mm (0.559 inches)
Weight: 22grams (0.776ounces)
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Availability:
Commercial Availability Date: 1st July 2010

Where to buy?

The IUM Drive will be initially available through selected dealers, online stores and retail outlets across the USA, Canada and Europe. However, it will soon after become available worldwide as we grow our network of partners across the globe.

A complete list of retail locations will be published closer to the commercial availability date.

Price: Under $129 depending on the location.

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Infinitec officially launches IUM ad hoc streaming device: ships in July for $129