The inbox at TUAW was full today with a number of CES announcements from electronics and accessory manufacturers. Some of the most exciting announcements of the day came from storage vendor Seagate Technology and its LaCie brand.
First, the Seagate announcements. The company debuted a 500GB portable wireless drive calledSeagate Wireless that works with just about any tablet or smartphone, in particular the iPhone and iPad. The $129.99 drive will be available early next month in lime green, cool blue, slate grey, fire-engine red and white. The idea behind the drive is to give you a Wi-Fi enabled storage center onto which users can save media such as video (it can hold up to 200 HD movies), photographs, and documents. The device can also stream the content to your TV via Apple TV or Google Chromecast. Expect 6 hours of battery life from the device.
Next up are the Seagate Personal Cloud and Personal Cloud 2-Bay, wireless devices that use the Seagate Media and Seagate Mobile Backup apps to store media and provide backups for all of your devices. Knowing that savvy users like multiple backups, the Personal Cloud devices can automatically back up to online providers as well. When you’re away from home, the Seagate Media app provides a way to browse and use content on the drive. The Personal Cloud device will be available later in January in 3, 4, and 5TB versions, while the 2-Bay device will come in 4, 6, and 8TB capacities. The single bay 3TB version will retail for $169, while the 2-Bay 8TB device will max out the line at $449.