Saturday, June 14, 2014

iStick™ USB Flash Drive with Lightning for iPhone and iPad

A must have iDevice accessory! Free up all that space on your idevice for those 1.2million + apps and store all of your photos, videos, and music on this amazing MFI certified Lightening and usb drive. I have used Hyper Shops products in the past and their quality is impeccable. I was a backer of Mblock a similar product( full streaming of video and audio with photo backup) however the creators of that project couldn't convince me of their ability to deliver the product(read my full post and update here). 
I can't wait to get my iStick and free up the space on my iDevices. They are in their last 62HRS help they reach all of their stretch goals and get the iStick before its released to the public.

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iStick™: The World's first USB flash drive with integrated Apple Lightning connector. Made for iPhone & iPad.
Want to get more than one iStick?
Multiple iSticks Offer: FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OR $10 OFF (Read More)

Stretch Goals

iStick In The News

iStick allows you to easily, quickly and safely move data between computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for Internet, wireless networks or the Cloud where hackers and others (e.g. 3rd party server operators) may gain access.

 iStick is a USB flash drive with a difference

We all have used a USB flash drive at least once in our lives. They are great for transferring large files between computers, require minimal setup and the transfer speed is much faster than the fastest Cloud storage. It doesn't require the Internet to work and your data is never sent through 3rd party servers. The USB flash drive is great but it doesn't work with your favorite Apple iDevices. Until now.
iStick. World's 1st USB drive with integrated Apple approved Lightning connector 

Just slide the switch on the iStick to switch the USB connector to an Apple approved Lightning connector.


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iStick turns from an ordinary USB flash drive to a flash drive that is Apple MFi certified to work with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

You can transfer music from the computer to an iPod touch or playback directly from the iStick. No need for lengthy synchronization or pay for streaming services.

Free up space on your iPhone by backing up all your photos, videos and files to the high capacity iStick. No need to pay for recurring online Cloud storage subscription.

Stream tons of movies directly from the iStick onto your iPad, anytime and anywhere you want, even on planes. No Internet or wireless network required. The iStick app features a hardware accelerated video decoder that supports a wide variety of non-iOS native video formats like MP4, M4V, MPV, MOV, MPG, MKV, AVI, WMV, RMVB, FLV, 3GP, GIF.

iStick is safe and secure since no data is sent through 3rd party services or transferred through the Internet or Cloud where hackers and others (like server operators) may gain access.

iStick is always by your side, safe and secure, whenever you need it, even when there is no Internet. iStick works with both Mac and PC as well as all types of files.


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Actual iStick and iStick universal iOS app in action. Screens are NOT simulated.
Current iStick App Features
  • Free universal iPhone/iPad/iPod touch iOS app
  • Music & Movie Player (able to decode MKV, RMVB, AVI, WMV etc.)
  • 1080p HD movie streaming, direct playback from iStick
  • Photo & Document (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF, iWork) Viewer
  • Open files directly on the iStick without the need to copy to iDevice
  • Copy/Move files between iDevice and iStick
  • File Management (Copy/Cut/Paste/Delete/Rename/Create Folder)
  • Backup photos/videos from iDevice Camera Roll to iStick
  • Support "Open In" functionality
  • Open files from other apps in iStick app
  • Open files from iStick in other apps
  • iDevice Contacts backup and restore
Product Specifications
  • Capacity: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
  • Connectors: Standard USB 2.0 and Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Connector
  • iStick-to-USB Speed: 12MB/s (Read), 7.5MB/s (Write)
  • iStick-to-iDevice Speed: 2.5MB/s (Read), 1.9MB/s (Write)
  • Construction: ABS Plastic and/or Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 10g
  • Supported File Formats: Video
    .mp4, .m4v, .mpv, .mov, .mpg, .mkv, .wmv, .flv, .3gp, .gif
    .wav, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .caf, .m4a, .mp3
    .jpg, .tiff, .gif
    .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics
iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Generation)

  • $65: One Black or White color iStick (8GB) - Early Bird Special
  • $79: One Black or White color iStick (8GB)
  • $85: One Black or White color iStick (16GB) - Early Bird Special
  • $99: One Black or White color iStick (16GB)
  • $99: One Black or White color iStick (32GB) - Early Bird Special
  • $129: One Black or White color iStick (32GB)
  • $149: One Black or White color iStick (64GB) - Early Bird Special
  • $179: One Black or White color iStick (64GB)
  • $199: One Black or White color iStick (128GB) - 1st Early Bird Special 
  • $249: One Black or White color iStick (128GB) - 2nd Early Bird Special
  • $299: One Black or White color iStick (128GB)
  • $1000 & above: One Gold Color Aluminum iStick (128GB)
Want a Silver Aluminum iStick?
FREE upgrade from Black/White iStick to Silver Aluminum iStick when you Facebook Share or Tweet about this project (see links at the top of the page)

Current Production and Fulfillment Plan
June 16, 2014 (or as soon as we reach our funding goal): Begin mass production tooling (3 weeks. Estimated completion date: July 7)
June 16: Kickstarter Funding Ends. Funds to be transferred to project owner (2 weeks)
June 30: Receive funds from Kickstarter. Place large component order. We currently have sufficient components to produce about 10,000 units. This order will be for components beyond the initial 10,000 units (7 weeks. Estimated completion date: August 18)
July 7: Test production and adjustment of tool (1~2 weeks)
July 21: Begin mass production of initial 10,000 units (1 week)
July 28: QC testing for initial 10,000 units (4 days)
August 1: Shipping of initial 10,000 units
August 18: Begin mass production of units beyond initial 10,000 units ( 1 week)
August 25: QC testing for new units (4 days)
August 29: Shipping of new units


HYPER by Sanho Corporation has been making storage products since 2002 and iDevice accessories since 2009. We have been awarded the prestigious CES Design & Engineering Honors by the Consumer Electronic Association not once but twice, both for storage products. This is our 2nd Kickstarter project. Our first Kickstarter project,CloudFTP, also a storage product, was the 3rd highest funded Kickstarter technology project when funding ended and named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 best Kickstarter technology projects”. We are also the technology provider for another successful Kickstarter project called CameraMator.

Daniel Chin is the Founder of Sanho Corporation. An electrical engineer by training, Daniel has a hand in all of Sanho's products which include: HyperDrive – Portable digital data storage products for Apple devices, digital cameras, memory cards HyperJuice – External batteries for Apple MacBook, iPhone, iPad, iPod, USB products HyperShield – Cases and stylus pens for Apple devices HyperThin – World thinnest HDMI cables HyperShop – Official Online store A serial entrepreneur, Daniel also founded another company in Singapore, where he was born, He came over to the U.S. in 2005 and currently resides in San Francisco Bay Area, California with his wife and 2 young kids.

Valerie Chong is the COO of Sanho Corporation. An mechanical engineer by training, Valerie oversees production and operations of the company.
The Design

Prototype A: How nice would it be to be able to simply connect a USB flash drive into the iPhone or iPad to transfer data without going through iTunes, the computer or the Internet? That was how the idea for iStick was born, back in 2011. The first prototype was rather rudimentary. It was basically sticking a 30-pin connector (the original iPhone/iPad connector) at the other end of a USB stick. It was promptly rejected by Apple because the design was ambiguous as there is a possibility that the user might use the product like a cable and connect both ends at the same time, giving unpredictable results.
Prototype B: A sliding switch was added to the design to allow only one connector (either USB or 30-pin) to be exposed at any time, preventing wrong usage. Certification with Apple would continue for 2 more years.
Prototype C: The old 30-pin connector is replaced with the new Lightning connector to become the current design and we finally obtain Apple MFi certification for the iStick in 2014.
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