Consumers and developers can create their own cloud with the new Pogoplug Mobile device - it connects hard drives or SD cards to the Internet for file access and media streaming to Web browsers and mobile devices.
Consumer level cloud storage has mostly taken the form of services that provide remote hosting for an individual's files and media - Google Docs, Dropbox and other companies have provided free limited space and subscription models for additional gigabytes of room. But for a more independent system, as of today anyone can now purchase a device to make their own cloud.
The Pogoplug Mobile allows users to stream content from a hard drive without needing a subscription service. The device connects storage drives or SD cards to the Internet, making it possible to stream content from their hard drive on their mobile phone via the Pogoplug application, or through a Web browser.
After connecting the device and downloading the mobile app, users can access what's on their hard drive as well as back up the media that they create on their mobile phone. The Auto-Import feature copies photos and videos back to the connected hard drive, where they can also be accessed or streamed.
The $79.99 device expands Pogoplug's offerings, which includes devices and software - the other Pogoplug devices are more expensive, but offer more device support and robust settings. The software allows file access and media streaming directly from a personal computer only.
Not only can end users experience a new way of using cloud technology, San Francisco-based manufacturer Cloud Engines, Inc, also wants software developers to use Pogoplug. Coders can use the Pogoplug API to build apps and Web services that their users will access on the Pogoplug device. As the device is essentially a Linux computer, apps can also be written to run natively on the device.