If you haven’t noticed, Red Box Movie rental kiosks have popped up all over the place. Most notably are the Red Box’ at the grocery store, which makes perfect sense, you’re going to the store anyway, why not put a movie rental at check-out.
Flix-on-Stix is looking to do the same thing, only difference is the Flix On Stix is renting your beloved movie on USB. The concept is simple, yet peppered with problems. Lets cover the concept first…the idea is having a user insert their USB drive into the Flix on Stix kiosk and download a movie. Great idea…simple, convenient and assuming cheap.
Look just one step deeper and you start asking yourself about transfer times. The Flix-on-Stix is USB 3.0 enabled, but SuperSpeed flash drives have just ‘barely’ come to market, most will have USB 2.0. So to download a low quality video will take at least 10 minutes. Next, what kind of DRM does Flix on Stix use? We know our USB and their is no universal USB copy protection that will work on PCs, Macs and set-top boxes…so how & where will these movies play? The last bit is the type of movies to be offered…we know studios wont sign off on DRM that isn’t proven by CDSA [http://www.cdsaonline.org/] so after all this, I’m not sure where Flix On Stix leaves us. What do you think?
With the fast pace of our multimedia lifestyles it’s getting more important to be able to transfer or save large files more quickly. With this future trend it’s nice to see the USB 3.0 products hitting the market in larger quantities with different product offerings. Lenovo is introducing their first portable USB 3.0 hard drive, the F360.
With the 3.0 getting integrated into more products, it’s nice to see a large industry leader like Lenovo getting on board.
The slim F360 USB hard drive is only 11 mm thick with a brushed metal surface treatment and unique etching process to give it a contemporary look. The no screw chassis is an additional feature, which I guess, is more common these days, but still looks great.The F360 will be a 7200RPM drive and includes a new calibration chip [no info on which one] which guarantees data transfer efficiency, error correction and security to insure your data is always safe, yet accessible.
DisplayLink will be pushing a new graphics chipset they say will take a major step toward any device with any display connectivity. Well damn, that’ll make it easy.
The nut for DisplayLink is their ability to leverage the bi-directional throughput of USB 3.0 to offer an array of functions and features. This means multiple full HD videos, high res graphics, standard video imaging and networking data can be simultaneously running. To give you an idea, apply these products to your imagination:
- USB or Ethernet bus powered monitors
- Universal USB docking stations with graphics, networking, and audio
- Affordable Ethernet and USB zero clients for shared resource computing
- USB to HDMI adapters for PC to TV connectivity
- USB to DVI, VGA or DisplayPort adapters for multi-display notebooks
- Mobile device to display
- Dual-Headed USB bus powered graphics adapters
The new technology by DisplayLink include items such as:
Iomega is charging forward with USB 3.0 technology integrated into all their products. Despite the fact that recent reports [In-Stat] indicate USB 3.0 will be slow to adaption throughout 2011 and 2012.
Iomega says the change will not cost consumers a penny more in retail cost, but will deliver faster transfer speeds. USB 3.0, as we’ve reported, has a theoretical max of 5Gbps but we’ve only seen 70MB/s as best performing drives at the moment.
Iomega continues their promise of better performance with not only speed performance, but now a “drop spec” of up to 7 feet before you can expect any kind of damage or malfunction with the device.
Iomega’s drives come in 500GB and 1TB size starting at just $119.
We’ve reported about Nexcopy several times before, ranging from their USB duplicators to SD and Compact Flash duplicators, and today we are here to tell you about the Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator.
Nexcopy, Standalone USB duplicator
With flash drives getting bigger in capacity and cheaper in price, it’s natural to think data loads are getting bigger too. Several years ago, it was common to put a PowerPoint or PDF of a trade show swag USB, but today, with the popularity of YouTube and the ease to make video, the promotional content is getting much bigger. The Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator copies at a maximum speed of 30MB per second, that’s about 1800MB per minute. Granted you wont get that data transfer from a typical trade show flash drive, but with more advanced USB sticks it’s definitely possible.
The Nexcopy standalone USB duplicator family comes in two sizes. There is a 16 port system and a 32 port system. Each system loses one port for the master device and I figure this is why the Nexcopy part numbers are USB115SA and USB131SA…as that’s 1 master to X number of blanks.
We couldn’t find a price on the Nexcopy website as the products are only sold through authorized dealers. Release date of the new USB duplicator systems is the first week of September 2010.
To find out more about the standalone USB duplicators, visit the Nexcopy site.
NEC has been the leader in USB host controllers over the past five years, and now they are gearing up for USB 3.0 with their uPD720200 USB 3.0 host controller chip. You can expect hard drives, flash drives and solid state memory devices to use the NEC SuperSpeed chip.
EverythingUSB reports the small quantity price will be around $15 USD and include Windows drivers for quick integration. NEC forcastes sales to be several million per month by September and rapid adoption in 2010.
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