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On Thursday, at the Demo Conference, Seagate will show off its new product: D. A. V. E., which stands for “Digital Audio Video Experience.” Or, maybe, a homage to Dave Winer. (I’ll be at Demo to bring you that news, and other stuff that’s being introduced there). Here’s the official press release.
What is it?
It’s a small black box. Costs less than $200. It’s thin, fits into a shirt pocket.
It has a small USB port on one side. And an on/off switch.
But, other than that, there’s no other interface on it.
This is no Apple iPhone.
But, here’s the rub. Inside is a small hard drive. 10GB or 20GB. That’s the “Seagate” part of this.
There’s also a Bluetooth and Wifi antenna.
“So, Scoble, that sounds really lame.”
I don’t think so — this is a new kind of wireless device that enables a whole bunch of new scenarios, particularly around cell phones, which is why I wanted Steve Jobs to see this — it’d be an awesome way to add on more music to the new Apple iPhone which I’m planning to buy in June (this comes out in May). Oh, I forgot something. There’s also a software API. They’ve already used that API to build an interface for Symbian and Windows Mobile cell phones. So, you get a new cell phone that only has 4GB of internal flash storage but you want to drag around more media? You’ll want D.A.V.E.
I can see a whole number of scenarios. Particularly for digital photographers, or people who want to carry a lot of stuff around with them in their pockets (this is far more useful to me than one of those USB memory drives, because I can keep a couple of these in my backpack and get to them via Wifi or BlueTooth (Bluetooth works up to about 30 feet from your cell phone or computer, Wifi goes even further).
Here’s the introduction video, 13 minutes, filmed at San Jose’s Tech Museum.
Battery life? Up to 14 days of standby power, up to 10 hours of continuous use.
Size? 3.5 x 4.7 x .47 inches (61 x 89 x 12 mm) and weighing only 2.5 ounces (70 grams).
I love that it senses when it’s being dropped. Within a few centimeters of falling out of your hand it will park the hard drive’s head. Within a few more centimeters, it’ll lock them totally in preparation of a large shock.
Oh, and Gizmodo links.
UPDATE: the name is sort of funny. Reminds me of that science fiction movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Hello, Dave.” But, this is a technology that’ll be built by partners of Seagates, so not sure what the final name will be when it gets onto store shelves in May or June of this year.
Also, I didn’t get a demo of the working product. They wanted to save that for the Demo conference. One of the rules of Demo is you gotta give first demo at Demo. Seagate’s slot is on Thursday morning at Demo, we’ll bring you another video when we get a look at the software and get a real demo.