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U-Ring: World's First Magnetic Flash Drive for iPhone

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iPhone Storage Issue

Do you love your iPhone, but feel constrained by the limited options for backing up your files? Does your passion for photos and videos translate into hefty data charges each month? If so, you are not alone. Efforts to curtail these charges by turning off iCloud's data usage can help, but having nowhere to deposit all of those memories can leave you desperate for space and constantly optimizing your storage.

 U-Ring Flash Drive Can Solve All Your Storage Problems!

Why U-Ring?

Other than having insufficient storage, would you answer Yes to at lease one of the following questions?
  • Have you ever drop your iPhone because of too large and slippy?
  • Have you ever lost your USB flash drive?
  • Do you worry about  your private content in USB being stolen?

U-Ring is designed to be an all-in-one solution for all of these common issues at a very affordable price. U-Ring is a flash drive that magnetically attaches to the back of your iPhone, and has both Lightning and USB connections. Both the flash drive and the magnetic base have an innovative ‘Ring’ that allows for easy one-handed phone use as well as acting as a stand. The U-Ring journey starts here!

Quick View of U-Ring APP

U-Ring expands your iPhone memory by 64GB/128GB. It is protected by fingerprint & digital double encryption. When U-Ring is encrypted, no one can read it by computer without being decrypted on iPhone. You will never worry about your personal information being stolen. You can plug U-Ring in iPhone and play music & video immediately, and take photos and videos directly in U-Ring (don't occupy your iPhone storage) and share them on Facebook, Twitter, Wechat and Email etc.The sound recording function can save your voice directly in U-Ring.

U-Ring uses the original MFi Apple lightning connector and USB3.0. U-Ring can backup and restore the files and contacts in your iPhone. U-Ring has a max write speed of 15MB/s and read speed of 30MB/s with iPhone. When using on PC, USB3.0 has a max write speed of 40MB/s and read speed of 80MB/s. 

 Overview of U-Ring APP

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U-Ring Software Encryption: Your personal data is safer than ever when U-Ring is encrypted.

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No More Phone Drops with Rings

 U-Ring meshes well with your active life. You don't worry about your phone drops with the ring on the magnetic base.

 You can carry multiple things in your hand with the magic magnetic base ring on your Phone.

Don’t be afraid of iPhone dropping on your face. U-Ring makes relaxing with your iPhone extremely comfortable.

It's never been easier to apple base ring on your iPhone!

You can place U-Ring anywhere you like! U-Ring is pocket friendly.

 

U-Ring body is also friendly for your neck string.

 

Quick Demo of 'Ring' Functionality

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 U-Ring works well withiPhone, iPad and Mac/PC.You can transfer data freely between Apple devices and PC.

 

 

Other flash-drives may be misplaced, forgotten, or end-up in the laundry because they are one small device among many that must be kept track of. U-Ring solves this issue by attaching to your phone via a powerful magnetic base. U-Ring is always at-hand when it is needed and simply sticks to the back of your phone when it is not. U-Ring can be used as an iPhone stand in a number of ways.The ring itself can serve as a cell phone support when you set your phone on the table, and can also make one-handed operation easier and more secure.

 

U-Ring goes beyond currently available MFi certified flash drives. Besides having a state-of-the-art metal surface treatment and expanding your iPhone memory by up to 128G, U-Ring provides many other innovative functions. U-Ring is designed to be an integral part of iPhone; the powerful magnet on the ring base allows you attach the flash drive to the back of your phone, so that it is convenient and available when you need it. With the magnet, you can also attach your phone to any metallic surface, such as your refrigerator, car mount or motorcycle.

Feature Highlights

The Structure

The metal shell is made of alumina material and then processed with anodic oxidation process. The ring is made of Zinc alloy and then coated with Titanium alloy using a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) method after precision polishing. The PVD coating is featured for its high hardness scale, low friction coefficient, high resistance to abrasion and high chemical stability, which makes the metal surface more smooth and durable. The magnet is rare-earth magnet. The nickel coating on the magnets makes them shiny and anti-corrosion. The 3M VHB tape on the bottom allow you to re-stick the magnet base to the back of the iPhone/case multiple times. These design processes result in a product capable of handling whatever life throws at it.

 There are 8 colors designed for U-Ring.

Magic Magnetic iPhone Case 

U-Ring can also be used with the magnetic case for iPhone 6/6s/7 and plus. 

The case is also designed with a raised front edge to protect your iphone from face down drops or table abrasion..

Charging Function!

You may not believe it, but we made it happen! You can charge your phone through the USB connector using an external power source while U-Ring is in use. All you need is this little adapter.

 

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Timeline

Our Story

Max and Tony have been friends for 20 years. Tony is a consumer electronic product manager and as part of his job he was required to take a lot of pictures of products under development using his iPhone. One day Tony talked with Max about losing his third USB flash drive. This led them to a simple question: why not design a iPhone specific flash drive that is incapable of being lost? To this end, they have utilized numerous prototypes to overcome many of the design challenges involved with bringing this idea to life. This project has been a labor of love,  and we are very proud to share the end result of our efforts with you. Thank you for your support.

 

Who We Are

U-Ring team is coming from USA and Hong Kong. Dr. Max Tang has 10 years of experience with electronics design and software development. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Florida. Dr. Tony Jiang has more than 10 years of experience on project management in the consumer electronics field. He received his Ph.D. degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also American Society of Quality(ASQ) certified reliability engineer(CRE). We have extensive background in consumer electronic product development.

Technical Specifications

  • Capacity: 64GB/128GB 
  • Connectors: Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Connector, Standard USB 3.0 
  • U-Ring to PC USB Speed: 15-40MB/s(Write), 40-80MB/s(Read)
  • U-Ring to iPhone/iPad Speed: 10-15MB/s(Write), 15-30MB/s(Read) 
  • Material:
    Metal Shell: Aluminum alloy with anodic oxidation
    Ring and Disk: Zinc alloy with Ti/Au coating
    PCBA holder: Polycarbonate (PC)
    Magnet: Rare earth magnet
    Tape: 3M VHB tape 
  • Dimensions: 47.5 x 24 x 10.5 mm (1.87 x 0.95 x 0.41 inches)
  • Weight: U-Ring Body 22g, U-Ring Disk 24g.
  • Supports all popular formats of pictures, videos, music and files:
    File: PDF, TXT, HTML, PSD, Office, RTF, RAR, DWG, Zip, Keynote, Numbers, Pages
    Photo: BMP, TIF, TIFF, PNG, GIF, JPG, JPEG
    Video: MP4, MOV, WPG, SWF, VOB, WMV, RMVB, AVI, MKV, FLV, 3GP, RM
    Music: MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, AAC, M4R, OGG 
  • Compatibility: iPhone 7/7plus/6s/6s plus/6/6 plus/5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod touch

Personalize U-Ring with Your Name

Any backer that shares the U-Ring Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram etc. will have the option to personalize their U-Ring(s) with a laser engraved name (20 characters max) on the back of each U-Ring on the lightning side.

 Thanks for your support!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Going from concept to reality is always difficult. Many projects fail because of inability to predict supply chain difficulties. To partially mitigate this problem, we have endeavored to create redundant channels in the supply chain. This does not fully eliminate the challenge, but we are confident that we will be able to ship our product ahead of schedule.

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    We really appreciate your support on U-Ring project. Every contribution brings us closer to our goal.

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