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Leyio Launch Brings Smart Wireless Storage

Gordon Kelly


Leyio Launch Brings Smart Wireless Storage

I briefly referenced the mysterious Leyio last week, so what is it...?

Described as a 'Personal Sharing Device' (PSD), the Leyio is essentially the industry's first practical, secure, highly portable, rugged and wireless hard drive. It allows users to exchange files between Leyios with no more than a flick of the wrist, has a charge designed to last up to one month at a time and can even upload and download information from an integrated USB key.

How does it all work? Well the fancy wireless isn't what you'd expect since there's no WiFi or Bluetooth onboard because Leyio is actually the world's first Ultra Wideband device. Now for those in the know, you'll remember UWB has been struggling to get out the door for some time but it brings simple short range pairing and nippy transfer speeds of up to 10MBps while consuming very low levels of power. Ideal for a PSD.

Security for such a device however is vital so the Leyio cleverly integrated a fingerprint scanner and doubled it as a navigation system with finger swipes up, down, left and right moving through the UI and taps onto it operating like a click. From here a colour LCD shows drive contents (categorised by file type) and allows exchanged images to be previewed.

For flexibility, there's a USB port to transfer data to a PC or connect to standard USB drives while the aforementioned integrated key (dubbed the 'Shuttle') holds 2GB and can be detached and used to quickly download/upload files to and from the Leyio's 15GB flash memory.

Yep, Leyio is the portable hard drive we all wish we owned and perhaps unsurprisingly it does come with a premium £159 price tag. Still, if you're regularly on the move and want to wow the crowds with something truly different then grab your wallet because Leyio goes on sale this week.




April 24, 2009, 10:08 pm

So does Ofcom's 2007 ruling that UWB may only be used indoors still hold?


April 25, 2009, 12:45 am

Hmmm... my interest is piqued.

But it'd have to be at least 32GB with a 4GB Shuttle to get me to seriously consider it.


April 25, 2009, 1:33 am

Do you think this could connect to a DSLR and upload photo's from it? Thinking about this as a backup device whilst on the go with my 5DMkII. The Raw file sizes are eating through my 4gb CF cards at ridiculous speeds!

Martin Daler

April 25, 2009, 3:54 am

This UWB thing, is any other device out there for it to talk to, or is this akin to being an early adopter when the first fax machine was invented?

Luan Bach

April 25, 2009, 4:10 am

You can buy a lot more than 15GB of CF cards for &#163159!


April 25, 2009, 1:31 pm

Ah, Luan - i misread it as 150GB! 15gb is pretty useless really isnt it!


April 26, 2009, 1:11 am

I don't know if I'm reacting negatively to the miserliness of the 15 GB, or its innate weirdness as a number. And I was sort of hoping this was just a hard drive with built in Wi-Fi and some extra bonuses, given that I've never heard of UWB until now. Wi-Fi'd be much handier than constantly clicking a dongle round all over the place.


April 26, 2009, 4:10 am

Am I missing something here? If you have to use a usb stick to transfer stuff to and from it why not just carry a 16GB USB stick in the first place and cut out the middle man.


April 26, 2009, 7:52 pm

Yeah that's a good point basic. I can understand the benefits of the larger form factor if say it actually WAS 150GB you could use wirelessly. Then it would be a bit better than a pen drive. Also, how strong or reliable is UWB? Ideally I'd just take the stick out and leave the fat thing in a bag, but the last thing I'd want is to be transferring maybe a gig or so and then have the connection fail halfway through.

Stuart Derricott

April 27, 2009, 7:34 pm

Hi All _ I work for Leyio and it may be a good thing if I clear up a few misunderstandings. The USB key built into the unit is so that you can send folders to it and pass it to someone for them to take the info off it...or they can give you info and it synchronizes into your in box. It actually connects to your PC with a USB cable to let you send stuff to it to carry around. It also has a USB 2.0 port to let you share info with none Leyio users.The idea is that you can see on the screen what you are giving to someone rather than hand them a USB stick with all your data on it, it's also protected with your thumbprint. The UWB is ultra fast, there are some videos flying around of it working and the reviews by people who were at our launch are cool....!!

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