updated 05:30 pm EDT, Sat May 14, 2011
Seagate GoFlex Satellite drive reaches FCC
Seagate's plans for a rare truly cable-free hard drive were uncovered through an FCC filing this week. Its GoFlex Satellite would have not just 802.11n Wi-Fi to serve storage on the local network but would have its own battery to operate completely cable-free for hours. An iOS app, GoFlex Media, would let iPad, iPhone, and iPod owners stream music or videos directly from the drive, presumably as a way of giving access to a much larger media library while travelling.
The capacity and the battery life weren't uncovered in the documentation. When wired, though, it should be sufficiently low-powered to both power and transfer data over a USB 3.0 cable, much like a conventional portable hard drive. Whether or not that includes charging the battery isn't certain.
Seagate has asked the FCC to keep the photos and manual a secret until June 30, giving a clue that the wireless GoFlex should be unveiled on or before that date. [via Engadget]