Pinto puts wireless storage on your wrist
Pinto is a wrist-worn storage device that lets users securely and conveniently store their files. It’s being pitched as an alternative to cloud storage, connects via Bluetooth and even makes use of wireless charging.
Designed by BeanBeam, Pinto represents a convenient, physical alternative to cloud storage. We’re used to seeing USB storage sticks that clip around your wrist (you can pick them up from an electronics store for less than US$10), but the Pinto wristband takes wires and ports out of the equation.
There will be 32 or 64 GB configurations available – enough for many users’ casual storage needs – and the company says it will be compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices (that would require some companion apps, something the company hasn't specifically addressed). And all files stored on the Pinto are password protected, so there’s no need to panic if you misplace it.
The body of the device is curved to fit the user’s wrist, and is combined with an adjustable rubber strap. It measures 10 mm (0.3 in) thick, 15 mm (0.5 in) wide and 55 mm (2.1 in) long. The white design looks more gadgety than your average fitness band, but it is more understated than some wearables.
There are two options when it comes to charging the device: a magnetic cap that clips onto the underside of the strap and a wireless charging pad. The latter has a soft silicone layer on its top side, and is designed so that users can rest their wrists on it while working on a computer. Awkward as that sounds, at least you have the option of charging the device without removing it.
The wearable is currently gearing up for an Indiegogo crowdfunding project. There’s no word yet on a planned release date, or how much the convenient little wearable will cost, but you can register your interest on the company’s website right now, with the promise of a 10 percent discount on your crowdfunding pledge.