About this project
Ever run out of storage when you try to take a picture or video on your iPhone? Ever want to store some video/movies on your iPhone/iPad to watch on a trip so you don't spend big $s on your mobile bill or for places where you can't get connected to the "cloud"? Ever want to share files easily among different devices and with family/friends?
If you say Yes to any of these, then this is for you: a MicroSD card reader for iOS devices that gives you unlimited external storage accessible from your iPhone, iPad (including iPad Pro), and iPod Touch with Lightning port. You can have as much space as you want/need for music, video, photos, and any other types of files; and you can easily share the files with family/friends and among different devices (PC, Mac, Android, digital camera).
Need to charge your iPhone/iPad while watching a movie stored on a MicroSD card? No problem, our Dash-i Plus has a MicroUSB charging port -- you can charge it using a MicroUSB charging cable while using the reader. This is a first for mobile expandable storage.
Both Dash-i and Dash-i Plus will be MFi (Made for iPod/Phone/iPad) certified by Apple Inc. They are guaranteed to be compatible with all iOS releases, and all iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices with Lightning port.
MicroSD Card: Universal, Unlimited Storage, Cheap, and Small
We designed this MicroSD card reader instead of USB flash drive because we believe MicroSD is the best expandable storage solution. It is universal: you can use it on pretty much any devices: computers, tablets, digital cameras; and now, on iPhone/iPad using our Dash-i reader. It is everywhere -- very likely you get a few of them lying around somewhere. Fill-up one card? Just have another one.
Design: Compact, Simplistic, Elegant
Design is the soul of a product. We have put a great deal of effort in designing Dash-i. The result is a little device that is refreshingly different and stands out from the rest of available solutions.
- Small & compact: easy to carry around so it is always there; say no to bulky over-sized space taker.
- Simplistic in both functionalities and form: do what it is supposed to do and do it well, in a simplistic form reflecting its functionalities.
- Elegant & beautiful: looking good as a compliment to your mobile device.
- Truly portable: silicone protective case included, use it to attach to a key ring.
Functionality: Software Makes the Difference
Software is what makes Dash-i tick. We aim to be the best expandable storage solution for iOS -- not only in terms of form factor & design, but also in terms of functionalities provided via software.
Plug & Play
On PC or Mac, insert a MicroSD card into your computer's built-in card reader or an external one, access it as you normally do. Insert the card into Dash-i and plug it into your iPhone/iPad, the Dash-i companion App will be launched -- which provides an intuitive and easy to use interface for you to manage the storage on the card and use other functionalities.
Photos/videos: back them up, never run out of space for more
The vacation pictures/videos take up all the precious storage space of you iPhone? No problem, move them to a MicroSD card using Dash-i. Free up the space, you are free to take a lot more.
Music: carry your whole music collection with you
Your iPhone is your best music player, except for the music that is left out because there is no space for it. Not any more, just pop in a MicroSD card with your whole music collection.
Dahs-i's built-in Music Player plays standard mp3 or mpa music, and high-fidelity music in loss-less formats such as FLAC and APE. Currently we are developing Dash-i App into a full-featured music player: organize & play music by artists, albums, playlists etc.
Movies: take a movie for the road trip, or 2, or 3, ...
A 200GB MicroSD card will store 200 hours full-HD videos/movies -- enough for all the vacation videos, plus all the episodes of Game of Thrones, plus all Transformers movies, plus a whole lot more. Play them all on the best movie player, your iPad. Dash-i's built-in video player supports a wide range of video formats, including mov, mp4, avi, mkv, rmv, vob.
Any Files: view/edit, share, transfer ...
MicroSD card works on pretty much every computing device and many different electronic devices: computer/laptop/tablet/phone, smart TV, digital camera, mp3/video player, voice recorder, copy/fax machine. Dash-i makes it work on your iPhone/iPad too. One media to rule them all.
Dash-i: Cost-Effective, Stands Out of the Pack
Dash-i is also the most cost-effective expandable storage solution.
Feature-wise, we believe Dash-i is the best of them all.
In addition to features listed above, while storage capacity is limited by the what you purchased for flash-drive based solution, Dash-i allows you to have unlimited storage capacity by using more MicroSD cards.
We are proud to say, we were the first to design & make an external storage solution specifically for smartphones: we introduced the Mini MicroSD Card Reader for Android 3 years ago on kickstarter. Since then, we were asked this question a lot: are you going to introduce something similar for iPhone/iPad? Eventually we got around to work on it, and here it is.
We started working on Dash-i at the same time as we started working on the third-generation of our Mini MicroSD reader with USB 3.1 Type-C plug. We did a successful kickstarter campaign late last year and launched Dash Reader Type-C in February. Dash-i shares the same outer casing with Dash Type-C and thus has the same form-factor except for different connectors. However, Dash-i involves a lot more work since Apple added its proprietary layer to USB storage access, and we need to develop a companion App to work with it.
Here is an inside look of the PCBA's for Dash Type-C and Dash-i with Lightning connector: while Dash Type-C uses just a single USB storage IC chip, Dash-i requires 3 IC chips.
Current Status. CAD & board designs for both Dash-i & Dash-i Plus have been done. Our Dash-i design has been approved by Apple and product sample has been lab-tested and approved by Apple as well. We are in the process of getting Dash-i Plus tested and approved by Apple. After that, we will start working on tooling. Companion App development is an ongoing process: all basic features have been done, some more advanced features are still under development (e.g., auto photo backup, built-in full-featured music player).
Two variants of Dash-i will be available: Dash-i (smaller without concurrent charging), Dash-i Plus (larger, with concurrent charging); each has 3 colors to choose from: silver, gray, gold -- matching the 3 colors for iPhone/iPad. Included with each unit, there is a silicone protective case that can be attached to a keyring or carabiner. You will be able to select the color for each unit that you pledge for in a survey you will receive after this campaign concludes and before your reward is shipped.
Dash-i and Dash-i Plus are for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices with Lightning port ONLY. They are NOT compatible with Apple devices with older 30-pin ports, and they are NOT compatible with iPod Nano (even though it may have the Lightning port).
List of all compatible iOS devices: iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad Pro (12.9" & 9.7"), iPad Air & Air 2, iPad 4, iPad Mini (all versions: 1, 2, 3, 4), iPod Touch 5th Gen & 6th Gen.
Social-share our campaign, get free upgrade from Dash-i to Dash-i Plus
Please help us spread the word by sharing our campaign on Facebook, G+, Twitter and other social media. You will be rewarded too: the first 1200 backer who share our campaign will get a free upgrade to Dash-i Plus (from Dash-i). This is how:
- pledge your support for the Early Bird reward tier ($18 for each unit) or the Social Maven reward tier ($25 for each unit);
- share our campaign on your favorite social media;
- submit your sharing on the following page: https://goo.gl/forms/vXGSbLsiDg
- in the survey before we ship your reward, you will have the option to upgrade your reward to Dash-i Plus.
Risks and challenges
Delay is always a possibility. As a responsible kickstarter creator, we only launch a campaign after we have the done the design, prototype and testing of prototypes. Delivery date estimate is based on the time required to finish the remaining work: tooling, pilot production run, production. We often factor-in some time for some possible delay causes. However, there may be something that we fail to foresee or we fail to estimate accurately the required time and they lead to delay in project completion. Such factors include vendor delay in finishing tooling, component sourcing, Apple's testing & approval process. While the major functionalities of the companion App is done, some features are still under development. Software project often takes longer than planned. It is possible that some planned features may not be available in the App at the time when Dash-i is launched (but will eventually be).
We have successfully completed several kickstarter projects prior to this, we are confident that we will do it again this time. And we will make better ones this time around as we have accumulated quite a bit of experience. Thus the chance of outright failure is remote. We also have accumulated quite a bit of experience in quality control, we are confident that we will do better than ever on this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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