Spyder wants to make it easy to stream and download files on a USB flash drive or SD card to the iPhone or iPad.
The new Spyder JetStream Mobile Media Hub is a small wireless device that helps connect users to their content. The JetStream has a single USB port that can handle anything from a USB flash drive to a 2.5-inch hard drive. After the user plugs the drive into the JetStream they can access the files from their iOS or Android devices.
Users can access the files on their USB drives through the JetStream app, or through select other apps that support the accessory. Users can use apps like BuzzPlayer to stream almost any video from the drives, including formats iOS wouldn’t normally support, like .avi files. Other apps like GoodReader will let users read their documents from the device as well.
The idea is very similar to the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, except the device doesn’t come with a built-in hard drive. The JetStream also has one key difference: it lets users download their content to their iOS or Android devices. It’s perfect for easily transferring files from a friend’s computer to the iPad through a flash drive instead of dealing with email.
Spyder is also working on a hard-drive version of the JetStream which will compete more directly with the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, but will still let users download files to their devices.
The JetStream Mobile Media Hub will go on sale soon for an unspecified price. The USB version will come first, with the hard drive version following it.