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Delkin announces the USB Bridge - copy images from camera to iPod

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, May 10, 2004
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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“Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products, announces a revolutionary new device that connects two USB devices together without a computer. The USB Bridge fits easily in the palm of ones hand, and enables users to copy files by attaching a digital camera directly to a variety of peripherals such as an iPod (and other MP3 players), USB Flash Thumb Drives, external hard drives, CD-R burners and memory card readers. It links your camera to a wide variety of USB mass storage devices without having to remove the memory card. The Bridge works with all the top camera brands including Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. Delkin designed the Bridge for the traveling photographer who prefers the convenience of leaving their laptop at home but still needs a solution for storing and transferring files on the fly. The versatile USB Bridge is more than a helpful tool for photographers.”

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1

So from what I read on the site, it seems that it’ll let it do more than copy photos from a digital camera…
Though it’s not the most elegant solution, has the dream of sharing MP3’s/AAC’s from iPod to iPod finally come true?

Posted by UTEP_MinerPod on May 10, 2004 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

2

uh… delkin?

Posted by Dan on May 10, 2004 at 12:43 PM (PDT)

3

Cool, and I was about to buy the Camera Link from Belkin.

Posted by Willi on May 10, 2004 at 12:56 PM (PDT)

4

According to the spec, it transfers at USB 1.1 Full speed, that’s 12Mb/s.

Posted by Willi on May 10, 2004 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

5

I’m with you, Dan.

Who is “Delkin”?

Posted by AMG on May 10, 2004 at 1:15 PM (PDT)

6

Even if it could transfer fiels onto the iPod at firewire speed, the files won’t be playable, because it sees the iPod as a hard drive, and has no access to the iPod’s DB. If I want things from my friends, I can just lend them my iPod overnight or whatever, I’m not carrying something (presumably) bigger and heavier than my iPod to do it.

Posted by mhz on May 10, 2004 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

7

Not to mention, of course, that you’d need your iPod USB cable too. Might as well carry your entire computer around.

Posted by mhz on May 10, 2004 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

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There might be the possibility of directly transferring files from iPod to iPod with minimal extra hardware involved. Since Firewire is a client-client interface, there needs to be no “host” or “root” hub, so in terms of hardware, there is no reason why two iPods can’t connect using firewire. The only two pieces of hardware that are necessary are the standard stock link cable, and that “pocketdock” accessory.

Now, as for the software part of it, there needs to be a replacement firmware, as Apple would probably never implement something like this. Right now, iPod Linux is the the most likely candidate. By using the SBP2 protocol already present in the Linux kernel, its entirely possible to make one client, one host, and transfer files. As for the iPod DB, if the firmware is replaced, then most likely it will not be based upon a central DB, and if it is, then it would probably have an on-board option to scan for files and rebuild its DB.

The iPod, hardware-wise, is a very capable device. Its just that the stock firmware by Apple is holding it back.

Posted by Sraphim on May 10, 2004 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

9

that last guy is a freakin’ genius…....

Posted by big kahuna on May 10, 2004 at 1:57 PM (PDT)

10

“like those other trusted names in consumer electronics: Panaphonic, Sorny and Magnetbox”

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield
http://www.snpp.com/episodes/3F11.html

Posted by Delkin on May 10, 2004 at 2:00 PM (PDT)

11

Belkin, Delkin, Felkin, Selkin.

Posted by narco in Burbank on May 10, 2004 at 2:40 PM (PDT)

12

dont forget Pelican

our tree huggers may not appreciate that!!!

Posted by rivlinm on May 10, 2004 at 3:50 PM (PDT)

13

I’m a tree hugger and I don’t give a rat’s ###.  Pelicans are good eatin’

Posted by george dubya bush on May 10, 2004 at 10:05 PM (PDT)

14

Some people here are very quick with their judgements. They could probably work as advisors for the Bush government grin

For your info, there is a limited number of characters in the latin alphabet, so there is a slight possibility that there are similar names. Watch out, AMG, AMD could sue you grin

Posted by get a life on May 10, 2004 at 11:10 PM (PDT)

15

Its already been done a long time ago.

And for a cheaper price.

And minus the rip-off name.

Macally Syncbox

Posted by Adam on May 11, 2004 at 12:36 AM (PDT)

16

I can’t see any way to select files on the source device, or, for that matter, a target location on the target device. Basically, this means you can only copy the entire iPod/CF card/SD card (whatever) to the target, not select files on demand. The target would need to be equal/bigger than the the source.

This completely limits functionality to being more of a mass copy/backup device and not much more.

Posted by David Reinhardt on May 11, 2004 at 3:48 AM (PDT)

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I googled for that ‘Macally Syncbox’ that Adam wrote about, and it gets worse..
Take a look at the image here
http://www.macally.com/gif/products/specialties/syncbox/syncbox_5.gif
- it’s the same as the one found in the pdf at Delkin ( http://www.delkin.com/pdf/product_docs/usb_bridge.pdf  )

Posted by Magnus on May 11, 2004 at 3:59 AM (PDT)

18

“delkin” has been around for years, making “media wallet” type products for professional photographers. Just because their products are higher-end than most iPod/Apple-bindered people are aware of doesn’t mean they aren’t legit. They’ve been making pc-less USB/firewire portable media drives as long as anybody, so the “huhu, they sound like belkin” comments are ignorant.

Posted by dodee on May 11, 2004 at 4:34 AM (PDT)

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I thought iPods connected using firewire?

Just wondering if it will work with G-2 Ipods.  I was a little disappointed that the Belkin system doesn’t work—us older generation has been abandoned by apple.  It sounds like it treates the iPod as a remote drive, which should not be a problem with the older firmware.  Or, am I missing something.

Posted by Ron! on May 11, 2004 at 5:27 AM (PDT)

20

Someone else actually asked Macally and they explicitly said their Syncbox wouldn;t work with the iPod.

Or maybe Macally just haven’t tested it with the iPod?

http://www.ipodlounge.com/ipodnews_comments.php?id=3657_0_7_90_C

Posted by SyncBox on May 11, 2004 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

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