San Francisco, CA—Sanho Corporation, manufacturer of the Hyper line of mobile accessories—announced the successful launch of its Kickstarter campaign for iStick. iStick is a USB flash drive with both a USB connector and an Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector that plugs directly into recent iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. Hyper products are distributed exclusively in the U.S. by OmegaBrandess Distribution.
iStick allows users to transfer photos, videos and other files between computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for synchronization, Internet, wireless networks or the cloud. Using its app, users can transfer files between the iStick and iDevices and also stream movies (even non-iOS native video formats), music and open files directly from the iStick without first copying them to the iOS device.
Hyper was seeking $100,000 via Kickstarter to fund the iStick product. Funding began on May 12, 2014 and will end on June 17, 2014. The funding goal of $100,000 was met within three hours of launch. Now currently more than $1 million is raised, with a day left in the funding period. New features were announced by Hyper as part of reaching the funding stretch goals of $500,000, $750,000 and $1 million.
“We only reserve Kickstarter launches for our very best products, just like what we did with CloudFTP two 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,” said Daniel Chin, founder and CEO of Hyper by Sanho Corporation.
iStick, which works as a normal USB flash drive when connected to Mac and PC computers, is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions. Other key features include: passcode/password functionality (part of $500,000 funding stretch goal); Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive integration (part of $750,000 funding stretch goal); Airplay/subtitle/multi-codec support in iStick movie player (part of $1,000,000 funding stretch goal); and API for third-party apps (part of $1,000,000 funding stretch goal). iStick-to-USB transfer speeds are 12MB/sec read and 7.5MB/sec write. iStick-to-iDevice speeds are 2.5MB/sec read and 1.9MB/sec write.
Hyper plans to ship the iStick, which is offered in white, black and silver versions, in August 2014. The suggested retail prices via OmegaBrandess are: $79.99, 8GB; $99.99, 16GB; $139.99, 32GB; $179.99, 64GB; and $299, 128GB (also available in gold). Kickstarter Early Bird Backers get the iStick for 50% off SRP. sanho.com and omegabrandess.com