LaCie, a French storage device manufacturer, is attempting to solve users’ mobile storage problems with Fuel, a portable wireless hard drive for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. This accessory will offer users 1TB of external storage capacity — enough space for 500 movies, 160,000 songs, or 190,000 photos,
Unlike cloud storage options, LaCie’s external Wi-Fi hard drive won’t require Internet access; giving users the ability to access it anywhere, anytime. It is going to create its own wireless network, and the Fuel can share its content with up to five devices at a time.
Furthermore, the Fuel will include Dropbox integration, which will allows users to sync files automatically. Users are also going to be able to connect to the accessory via a USB 3.0 port, allowing files to transfer up to three times faster. Fuel users will also receive free access to Seagate Media App, designed to help organize a user’s media content.
The device will be AirPlay compatible, meaning users with an Apple TV can stream any content to their HDTV. In addition, users will also be able to share the Internet access created by the Fuel with other mobile devices, thus the Fuel acts as a mobile hotspot.
According to LaCie, the accessory is going to enjoy a 10-hour battery life.
LaCie has not given an official release date for the Fuel, but noted it will be available “soon” at a price of $200 at the time of this writing.