Cloud Engines recently introduced the second version of its Pogoplug multimedia sharing device, offering users the ability to connect multiple USB HDDs to the Internet.
Once connected to the Pogoplug, users have access to file sharing and other features through an online service, with increased Internet features now available compared to the first model. The new Pogoplug can stream video and other content to an Apple iPhone, with owners also able to transfer files between a phone and the Pogoplug.
Similar to the first version, Cloud Engines decided to keep the physical design of the device simple and sleek. It has four USB 2.0 ports, multiple drive global search and supports HDDs formatted as FAT32, NTFS, Max OS Extender Journaled drives, along with EXT-2/EXT-3.
The Pogoplug also supports Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Mac OS X 10.4, Linux, Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Safari, or Google Chrome.
“By listening to user feedback and following our own product roadmap, we are bringing a great second-generation product that gives our customers access to a host of new features that both improve the function of the Pogoplug, and add to the fun of using it as well,” said Daniel Putterman, Cloud Engines CEO.
The device is able to support JPEG, GIF and other photo formats, but cannot support files protected by DRM.
There is an obvious trend among manufacturers to find methods to give consumers the opportunity to easily transfer and store media, files, and other information in easily portable, convenient devices. As CES 2010 quickly approaches in early January, expect similar product announcements to take place over the next two months.
The newest Pogoplug is expected to ship before the end of 2009 with a $129 MSRP.