StormFly is almost like a computer on your wrist
Described by its creator as a super-fast storage device with an open-source OS—one bootable on modern 64-bit PCs and Macs, thank you very much—the StormFly (funding through March 3) wants you to be able to take all your critical data with you without the need for cumbersome equipment.
The StormFly can be used much like a regular albeit ultra-speedy USB 3.0 device. If inserted into a PC or Mac that is already running a native operating System, it’d manifest as an accessible ‘shared’ folder. It also comes with 128bit encryption and a backup service (at $20 a year) that allows the company to ship an exact copy of your StormFly within 24 hours if lost or stolen.
Why StormFly instead of of your average bootable Linux USB drive? It promises speed, full app and file persistence, 16B or 32GB of storage, the ability to boot across hundreds of Macs and PCs straight out of the box, a robust chip capable of supporting read/write demands, and more. Though it’s being made for just about anyone who wants an ultra-mobile solution, the StormFly’s main target audience appears to be children and students. The sequestered OS prevents kids from downloading viruses that can infect host computers, and could allow students to access shared computers with a more secure and personalized environment.
If you want a fiery orange StormFly of your own, complete with three months of back-up service and your name on it, you’ll have to pledge a minimum of $59. The estimated delivery time frame is April 2013.
The idea itself is mechanically sound and entirely viable. Doug Worple, one of the people behind this endeavor, has also had enough experience within the field. The big problem here is the fact that there is little more than two weeks left to fund the campaign and it’s only about one-third of the way there (with $60.000-plus still needed).