The Leyio is definitely one of the most innovative devices we've seen this year and it's about to become even cooler...
The company has shown off new functionality that allows the clever storage device to share content directly with an iPod's without the need for a computer. The process is remarkably simple and is demonstrated in the official YouTube clip below (yes, there's no sound). In short you plug the USB end of an iPod cable into the Leyio, the iPod goes into a "Connected" mode and all its content becomes accessible.
Ultimately this should prove a great way to share (legal!) tracks with friends though the company will need to be careful that Apple doesn't simply issue a firmware update to disable this, much as it has done with the Palm Pre's iTunes integration.
Happily iPods are just the first step with the same functionality to soon apply to smartphones and cameras while an October update will bring iPhone content sharing. That should see a large flock of pigeons rounded up and a destruction of wild cats (yep, that's the correct and apt phrase) tossed in with them.
As a quick refresh, the Leyio is a 16GB flash based 'Personal Sharing Device' which uses ultra wideband technology for wireless data transfer. The Leyio is the first commercial ultra wideband device however so, for now, that's just between it and other Leyios. More conventionally, it can also connect to devices via USB, it houses a 2GB flash drive and has a colour LCD and finger scanner for security. Cleverly, swiping and tapping the finger scanner is used to navigate the UI.
The Leyio is on sale now at for £129 and no doubt has more surprises lined up in the months to come...