With the rise of smartphones and lack of expandable storage locally, many manufactors have been creating storage solutions with options to access over a wireless network connection. While this isn't anything new, it appears as Western Digital is releasing a one-step solution for photographers needing to backup SD cards on location.
The new Western Digital My Passport Wireless will run off a recharagble battery with a life of 6 hours of continuous video streaming and up to 20 hours of standby time. The device will include a built-in SD card slot for quick backup on location, and the ability to connect to your phones / tablets with the My Cloud app for off-site cloud backup as well as steaming capablity to connected TVs / media devices.
According to AnandTech.com:
Western Digital claims that the device allows up to 8 different devices at the same time (with a maximum of four simultaneous HD video streams). The rechargeable battery is rated for 6 hours of video streaming and 20 hours of standby. The USB 3.0 device port allows it to be used as a DAS. Western Digital has also added a Wi-Fi hub feature to the device so that moble devices connecting to it can still access the Internet through the My Passport Wireless while also enjoying access to the huge storage capacity. In addition to access through the mobile apps, there is also a web dashboard for configuration through any standard web browser.
It will be available in three capacities, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB priced at $130, $180 and $220 respectively. They are slated for a September 5th release. For more information, head over to Western Digital's website.
The only thing thing that seems to be missing here is connectivity with existing WD My Cloud offerings. If you are unfamiliar, Jaron Schneider covered the My Cloud in an earlier workflow review. The My Cloud creates a personal DropBox-like cloud storage, and it's a shame this new My Passport Wireless can't connect to that cloud and remotely back up files. That would be killer.