Xmultiple Technologies, a privately held Simi Valley based company, has introduced a number of products that support data collection from mobile memory devices without the need of a computer. Dubbed the FlashPoint ShareDrive, the new product can upload, download, and copy data without the requiring a computer to manage the process. Another model, the FlashPoint SharePlayer, supports playback of MP3 files.
FlashPoint ShareDrives and the FlashPoint MP3 SharePlayer make it simple to copy and share multimedia files on the go. Copy text, graphics, photographs, music, multimedia files -- anything you can save on a flash memory drive can now be copied without computers or an electrical outlet. As a working photographer, I use FlashDrives to transfer BIG image files from my DSLR. It is fast and very, very convenient.
FlashPoint ShareDrives have an integrated female USB connector which supports data passthrough. This permits multiple attachments to an USB port. Other models can actually serve as an USB hub. Despite the additional connections, the physical size of a ShareDrive is not much larger than most existing pen drives.
FlashPoint ShareDrive technology permits a user to copy files anywhere and any time with or without a computer, laptop or palm computer. Upload or download files and folders from a thumbdrive to a FlashPoint ShareDrive. The new device has an integrated battery that provides the power to transfer data from a FlashPoint ShareDrive to another device.
FlashPoint is designed to be a simple solution. It will transport, copy and access data. When attached to a computer USB port, the Flashpoint ShareDrive will register as a removable drive almost instantaneously. In addition, since it also acts as a hub, the system recognizes more than one device.
The ShareDrive family was designed to be the most flexible storage device available when dealing with digital files with or without a computer. According to the manufacturer, the ShareDrive or SharePlayer can perform Computerless Copying, upload and download data when mobile, connect/copy from digital cameras, connect/copy from cellphones, exchange MP3 music, share business files, and even backup recordings from USB enabled digital voice and dictation recorders.
The ShareDrive and SharePlayer utilize a patent pending embedded "Share-on-the-Go" (SOTG technology) chip set. This makes the device small and lightweight yet capable of supporting multi-gigabyte memory storage. The built-in battery is rechargeable and rated to support over 50,000 transfer sessions. The company plans wireless versions of ShareDrive in the future.
Besides convenience, these amazing units are also sport a realistic and reasonable price tag. The actual price is determined by the total amount of memory. But, they start at about $70 MSRP and range to about $200 which include 2 gigabytes of storage. The SharePlayer also costs around $200 with 2 gigs of memory.