MBLOK Portable Mini-NAS Cloud Wireless Storage Device

Something interesting dropped into my inbox last week. A pitch to talk about the MBLOK wireless storage device. It’s kind of like a USB drive, without USB; it’s sort of like cloud storage, but it fits in your pocket; it’s a bit like a mini-NAS, but it’s not attached.

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It’s an interesting idea, and, together with an iOS or Android app, you can download files to your device (though there will be limits as to what you can do with them, according to each OS). You can also move files to and from different cloud services, such as Dropbox, and Google Drive, and to and from a computer. It’s a great way to take a bunch of movies with you on a trip, when your iPhone or iPad doesn’t have a lot of storage. Or just keep a bunch of files you may need for you work handy in your pocket, and not have to worry about internet access to get them from a cloud server.

It looks like it’s a housing for a micro-SD card, with a battery and an on-board operating system, and files are encrypted. It will come in 128 GB and 256 GB to start, and transfer speeds are up to 24 Mbps. There’s a USB plug, to connect it to a computer, and transfer files and charge the device. But file sharing is through Bluetooth 4.0, which uses little battery power, and the designers say that the battery will last up to 300 hours.

I think this is a neat idea, and there’s currently a Kickstarter that looks like it’s pretty close to reaching its goal, after only a few days.

I like this idea. If it really works as advertised, it will be a very practical device. Head over to Kickstarter and reserve one now.