So this BlackArmor stuff sounds pretty secure, right? Well, there’s one rather major caveat to consider: There is no password recovery utility. If you forget your password, your only real option is to wipe the drive clean and start again. Shucks. The 160GB Seagate BlackArmor drive goes on sale in March for $149.
The other major announcement was the Seagate D.A.V.E. reference design. Standing for Digital Audio-Video Experience, this pocket-sized drive actually functions as a wireless media server, boasting both WiFi and Bluetooth technologies. Measuring smaller than a deck of cards, this wireless device will connect with a variety of things, including but not limited to the iPhone, in-car entertainment systems, and digital cameras.
The different applications that are possible with DAVE are amazing. You can expand the capacity of your iPhone, streaming music and videos directly from D.A.V.E. without a physical connection. The same can happen with the stereo in your car, or better still, pictures taken from your WiFi-capable digital camera can be stored directly on DAVE, rather than being limited to the capacity of your SD card. And yes, DAVE can rock several simultaneous connections.
Seagate claims that the DAVE concept can last up to 14 hours in continuous streaming mode and they have already partnered with firms like Harman/Becker to bring it to market. Look for variants on DAVE to be released from several brands, rocking up to 60GB of wireless storage. Just toss DAVE in your backpack and you’re good to go! Very cool.
For more pictures from our SEAGATE visit, please check out our CES 2008 SEAGATE Photo Gallery.
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