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Last updated October 14, 2014

Super Motor USB Flash Drive: Reversible USB 3.0 flash drive.

Super speed USB3.0 Flash Drive and dual orientation plug. Simple look. Simple to use. New and Different.

Super Motor USB Flash Drive: Reversible USB 3.0 flash drive.

Super speed USB3.0 Flash Drive and dual orientation plug. Simple look. Simple to use. New and Different.

$1,001
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 14 2014 5:45 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 14, 2014

About

What is Super Motor USB Flash Drive:

It's 1st USB3.0+Reversible flash ever!

It is a Super Speed/High Speed USB3.0/2.0 compatible flash drive that is reversible and simple to use. (Please see the speed comparison of USB1.x, USB2.0 and our USB3.0 flash at beginning of video )

Super Motor USB Flash Features.
Super Motor USB Flash Features.

 Our Goals:

We started this project from 8GB W-series but we realize that 16GB will be more reasonable so we upgrade W-series to 16GB. And we have better plans if we could get enough funding.

  • W-series is basic version that is USB 3.0 Super Speed and reversible. (See descriptions)
  • G-series has additional indicator that allows you to directly read free space on flash. G-series is the final goal of this project only if we could get enough funding. (See descriptions)

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Our prototype design: W-series

This prototype design is not what you will get, it will be fancy with your support. (See our next step: package design for W-series)

Inner PCB desing of prototype.
Inner PCB desing of prototype.
Overview of 1st prototype.
Overview of 1st prototype.

Our first prototype shows the reversible USB connector, with inner thin PCB layout connector and outer simple design, allows you to plug it in dual orientation. And it's USB3.0 Super Speed that is also compatible with USB2.0/1.x. Please see video demonstration.

How it works:

The connector with inner thin board that is different from normal USB connector makes it a reversible USB flash.

The inner high quality ICs (integrated chips) and PCB are chosen for a high quality design to meet USB 3.0 spec and reversible functionality. 

Our next step: package design for W-series

Overview of next step.
Overview of next step.
Backside view.
Backside view.

We have build a prototype flash that overcomes the most challenging high speed PCB design. The next step will require less engineering technique but requires more about package design. We need to design a simple package to make a final unique and high quality USB flash drive. Besides the highly reliable circuit design, we will make a simple and stylish package.

What more we can do with your support: G-series

More on the G-series USB 3.0 flash drive. The W-series mainly focuses on USB3.0 high speed and reversible connector design. But we could make it much better if we could get enough funding.

Next Flash with Free Space Meter.
Next Flash with Free Space Meter.
Nest goal design overview.
Nest goal design overview.

Our final goal is to make G-series that has paper ink and indicator that can display free space left on the flash. Like a car speed dial, the needle will show the free space after you delete or add files on the flash. You don't need to plug the flash into computer to check again.

Since we will use e ink paper as indicator and extra electric parts, we will need more funding to make this design.

Rewards

About this project:

This project was initially started by graduate students who are experienced on hardware and firmware design, and gradually get more help from some industrial guys.

We are more willing to make it a non-profit project since we are not a company and want to make simple devices that could help people's lives.

We are very critical with our design that we only use high quality ICs and PCBs to make it a high quality consumer device. We passed the most challenging USB3.0 high speed circuit design with our first prototype which also made us confident that we can make a very high quality device so  that we come to Kickstarter to seek help.

We have successfully completed the first prototype design to meet USB3.0/2.0 functional and reversible design. Our final goal is to make a car speed-dial like flash drive that you can read how much capacity is left on your drive.

How can I support:

You can help in two important ways: Pledge for our design or make comments/suggestions for our design. With your pledge we can keep moving on our design.  And we also would like to hear your comments on the package design. So you will be the people who can make life simple and better.

How will the funding be used:

Since we would like to make a non-profit design, we offer an very low price that is quite competitive with a normal USB 3.0 flash.

The funding will be used mainly for: PCB design and production, ICs purchase and assemble, package design and production. 

Why we are confident with the design:

The most challenging is the inner USB 3.0 Super speed PCB design to meet the reversible feature. We have overcome this challenge and completed the prototype test. What we will do next is to put the PCB in production while designing the package. We are confident to make a final amazing design with your support.

Risks and challenges

All projects that are aiming to be excellent will meet challenges. Our goal is simple: to make an simple, easy to use and high quality USB Flash Drive.
The most challenging part is to design USB3.0 and USB2.0 compatible connector on a thin PCB layout at a GHz high speed.
We have successfully completed the board design, but we need more funding for final design since we are graduate students and want to make it a non-profit project. You are supporting and working with us for a device that could make simple life styles.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    We appreciate your help. We will keep you up-to-date on our design and list you in our Contributor List.
    You will also receive a postcard will our Logo and our best wishes.

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    You will receive a 8G USB 3.0 W-series flash drive and a postcard with our appreciation. Please see description for design details.

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    You will receive two 8G USB3.0 W-series flash drives. And if we can get enough funding for G-series design, you can upgrade for free. (Please see description for details)

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    You will received 4 8G W-series flash drives. And if we can get enough funding for G-series design, you can upgrade free. (Please see description for details)

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    Personalized Flash drive with you name printed on the body.
    You can get 2 8G W-series flash drives with your name and free to upgrade to G series if we get enough funding.

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    You are A big contributor. We would like to talk with you and work together for the amazing design.

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