Kickstart HYPER’s new iStick – a USB stick with a Lightning connector

HYPER by Sanho – the company behind the Hyperjuice batteries for Macbooks and iPads have just launched their latest creation to the world through Kickstarter.

Kickstart HYPER’s new iStick – a USB stick with a Lightning connector

The iStick is essentially a USB stick with the dual use of connecting it to your iPhone 5, 5s, iPod Touch and iPads with it’s Apple certified lightning connector, which is great if you have a internet connection that is too slow in the office for cloud based storage, or if you’re on the road and want to watch a couple of movies without eating into your data plan.

HYPER needs to raise $100,000 (£59k) within it’s 35 day campaign Early backers of the iStick will receive the product at a discounted rate, or if you’re feeling flush you can pledge up to $5,000 and receive one limited edition gold aluminium iStick.

The USB/Lightning stick comes in 8gb, 16gb, 32gb and 64gb capacities and can handle most formats for movies, pictures, audio and documents which will then work on your iOS device.

HYPER is seeking $100,000 via Kickstarter to fund the iStick product. Funding begins May 12, 2014 (8am PST/11am EST) and ends on June 17, 2014. Upon successful funding, HYPER aims to ship the iStick in August, 2014. This is HYPER’s 2nd Kickstarter project after the successful CloudFTP which was the 3rd highest funded Kickstarter Technology project when it ended.

Notables:

·      World’s first USB flash drive with integrated Apple MFi Certified Lightning connector

·      Features both a standard USB connector as well as an Apple Lightning connecter

·      Works as a normal USB flash drive when connected to Mac and PC computers

·      Connects directly to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models that use the Lightning connector

·      Allow users to quickly and safely transfer data between computers and various iOS devices

·      Available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

·      Works in conjunction with a free universal iPhone/iPad/iPod touch iOS app

·      Using the app, users can transfer photos, videos and other files between iStick and iDevice

·      Users can also stream movies (even non-iOS native video formats), music and open files directly from the iStick without first copying to the iOS device.

Kickstart HYPER’s new iStick – a USB stick with a Lightning connector

Founder and owner, Daniel Chin, had this to say about the iStick and it’s Kickstarter campaign to Cult of Mac

We only reserve Kickstarter launches for our very best products just like what we did with CloudFTP 2 years ago. In addition to crowdsourcing funds, we also want to crowdsource ideas and suggestions to make the product even better and to give it the biggest launch possible.

HYPER says the iStick allows you to easily, quickly and safely move data between computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for iTunes, Internet or the Cloud where hackers and others (like NSA) may gain access – something I’ve never personally worried about, but I can see a use for the iStick and will be definitely be picking one up when they are expected to ship in August 2014 upon successful Kickstarter funding.

Keep an eye out for our video review of an early model iStick within the next week or so, in the mean time, check out HYPER’s video for the iStick.

Kickstart HYPER’s new iStick – a USB stick with a Lightning connector

  • Bangali

    $129 for an 8gb stick?! u mad bro??

    • http://howieit.com Howie Isaacks

      Agreed! I don’t mind paying a bit more for great industrial design, or special features, but 8GB? Seriously? That’s lame.

      • John

        AND its usb 2.0 !!

        Android users don’t have to deal with this crap. They can just go buy an off the shelf USB 3.0 thumbdrive and an otg cable.

    • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

      If it was actually $129 for only 8GB that indeed would be mad. Here’s the early bird pricing listed on their KS:
      $65 – 8GB
      $85 – 16GB
      $99 – 32GB
      $149 – 64Gb

      • PMB01

        $65 is still outrageous for only 8GB.

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        Yeah regardless, I don’t want it.

    • John

      I agree.

      This may be a duplicate, but the site doesn’t seem to let me post above:

      Did all of the backers buy an apple product by mistake? Maybe they
      are looking for a better experience, the ‘user is empowered experience’.
      The android experience.

      You can do this (use an external flash drive) very easily and very
      inexpensively on android. But if you get a crippled apple product, then
      you need to overpay for an unreliable kickstarter program to eventually
      produce a product? Lame.

      If you buy an apple product, you should already know you are getting a
      device that has been intentionally crippled by apple with the “My way
      or the highway!” apple philosophy.

      If you want a capable, powerful tablet that doesn’t treat you like a
      child and allows you to do industry standard things like connect a
      reasonably priced usb flash drive – then you should carefully shop for a
      premium android tablet (or get a windows tablet).

  • Windlasher

    Ram is Cheap – 8gb is maybe an HD movie or two. They should have just added a USB port so you could put your own USB stick in there or maybe a USB extension cord where you could use your own USB cards. For THAT, I would pay $129. Otherwise this is a great idea gone seriously wrong.

    • SupaMac

      what does 8gb of RAM have to do with an HD movie or anything in this article?

      • John

        I think what he is saying is:

        Instead of creating a device that lets your ipad access the on board flash in the device, they should have made a device that lets you access the on board flash of any usb drive.

        So, instead of a ‘lightening connector thumb drive’, it would be a proper lightening to usb connector, and one that knows how to talk to usb mass storage devices.

  • Windlasher

    Just looked – “istick” is already a computer unless it is the same company they need to change the name. Cant these people use google?

  • ac3boy

    Still will not play purchased video from iTunes unfortunately. So if you expect to load up purchased movies for a long flight they wont be able to played due to stupid DRM.

  • UGH

    Never ceases to amaze me what they’ll back on that site. Prototype A already exists, you can buy it and slip a 30 pin to lightning adapter on the end. Repackage it, toss a bunch of marketing on Kickstarter; Instant 100 grand. The Neptune Pine? Yeah, that’s just a micro android device on a wrist band, same with Rufus cuff. That stuff can be had straight from China right now. People run around that joint like they just got in on the ground floor of something BIG. Most of it is re-badged crap that already exists. Where’s the real innovation?

  • Asham DeAngelo

    I would prefer USB 3.0 with a better design.. By better I mean small and nice..

    • John

      For those prices, its insulting that they are using USB 2.0

      Not to mention, with an android device you can get a USB 3.0 flash drive that will work on your computer and on your tablet using the same pins.

  • Bangali

    Another thing is that u can only view files through their dedicated app – I know you can still ‘open in..’ but that takes ages and copies the file onto the device which kinda beats the point..

  • dcj82

    if you want USB storage for your iPhone – check out GOkey
    (http://igg.me/at/gokey/x/7380413) – it’s USB storage PLUS a phone charger/sync
    cable/phone & key locator – all in one…on your keyring!!

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