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  • Up to 750GB external hard drive for the iPad

    So one of the big problems of using the iPad as a carputer is storage, specially if you have a big media collection. 64GB just won't cut it. You'd have to rely on wireless streaming (wifi, cloud) to bring content to your iPad. The problem is that while driving at speed, 3G can slow significantly, and it's always nice to have quality HD quality content right there. Also to use the iPad as a notebook replacement this is a must.

    So now you can plug your ipad to the camera kit and then use one of these:




    From the good folks who make the power-in-a-pinch HyperMac batteries, the HyperDrive is a hard drive that connects directly to your iPad. It has a touch screen, can read 12 types of memory cards, and has capacities reaching 750GB.

    The HyperDrive overcomes the Camera Connection Kit's 32GB limit by arranging folders into separate, iPad-readable 32GB drives, allowing users to store up to 750GB of photos and video on the go and transfer them to the iPad as needed. A 3.2" color touchscreen lets users pick the desired files, and it also displays JPEG and RAW images. When not connected to an iPad, it functions as a standard USB external hard drive.

    The HyperDrive also serves as a memory card backup device, reading 12 popular formats, including Compact Flash, SD, SDHC, and the rest, with two card readers. There's a whole range of sizes, too, depending on your needs:

    120GB: $299
    160GB: $349
    250GB: $399
    320GB: $449
    500GB: $499
    640GB: $549
    750GB: $599
    (Gizmodo)

    It's kind of big, but I believe it can be easily hidden from view in a glove compartment or console using cable extensions/dock connectors/passthrough connectors etc. However it's also kind of interesting with the display and buttons, so maybe people won't want to hide it anyway...Hopefully the 32GB folder limit won't make it too hard to play and manage files from the iPad end. I'll post reviews when they come out.

    So I think this is fantastic news. Of course the price is not right yet, but I suspect this is going to drive competition, and hopefully the prices will go down soon.
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    something the article forgot to mention-- user replaceable 2.5" hdd, and battery!!!

    so you could get the cheapest model, and upgrade the hdd later on as you need it(their site also says that there is no limit on the max capacity hdd supported)
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      Whoa, now it's even more interesting. Thanks for pointing that out.
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