Leef Technology on Tuesday unveiled a new flash drive that’s compatible with both PCs and Macs but also with Android devices thanks to its regular USB and microUSB connectors.
The Leef Bridge features a sliding mechanism that lets you access the connector your want to use, with the regular USB and microUSB connectors being placed at opposite sides.
The memory stick comes in three capacities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The 16GB model costs $17.99, while the 32GB version is priced at $28.99. Both models can be purchased at Amazon.com or 2Leef.com. As for the third version, the 64GB model will be available in July, with pricing to be announced when the device is launched.
The Leef Bridge is compatible with all laptops and desktops out there, whether they run Windows or OS X and it’s compatible with Android smartphones and tablets that run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher and support micro USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) connection.
In addition to announcing the new memory stick, Leef also mentioned in its press release that ASTRO File Manager developer Metago has updated its application to offer Leef Bridge owners “a seamless experience” using the two products.
SAN FRANCISCO (June 25, 2013) – Leef Technology today announced Leef BridgeTM, the first USB flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. Leef Bridge is a simple, innovative USB flash drive that allows users to easily transfer files to other devices without the need for cables, cloud services, Wi-Fi or any type of data connection.
Leef Bridge features a micro USB connector and full-size USB connector that access the same memory so users can share content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from any compatible device. The memory utilized within Leef Bridge has fast read and write speeds to ensure slick video and music playback directly from the USB drive, without the interruptions or delays that accompany low-grade USB flash drive products. Designed in California by the Leef design team, Leef Bridge boasts a unique design featuring an exposed slide-and-lock tray, which enables users to easily switch to the USB connector appropriate for their device connection.
“Leef Bridge represents a major technical achievement,” said Jonny Anderson, partner and director of product design at Leef. “With all products we develop, we want them to represent something people want to own, for their functionality, design and style. Leef Bridge makes managing content on a phone as simple as plugging in a USB flash drive. It is really a life hack product.”
Leef Bridge is currently compatible with mobile devices operating Android Jelly Bean OS 4.1 or higher and a micro USB On-The-Go (OTG) connector. Metago, the company behind ASTRO File Manager – the most downloaded content management application in the Android ecosystem – has teamed up with Leef to release an updated version of their app that provides users with a seamless experience using Leef Bridge and ASTRO File Manager.
Instructions to download the app from Google Play are included on Leef’s product packaging. Although ASTRO File Manager is not required to be able to use Leef Bridge, it is recommended by the Leef design team for its intuitive file management system.
Leef Bridge is the latest addition to the company’s product set, which includes quality USB flash drives that demonstrate a variety of innovative materials and design features. The company’s approach to design was recognized in 2012 by PC Magazine – Russian Edition, which awarded Leef Fuse – the first patented USB drive with magnetic closure – “Best of the Year 2012” in the flash drive category.
Availability and Pricing
Leef Bridge is initially available for purchase in the USA at www.amazon.com and www.2Leef.com for a suggested retail price of $17.99 for the 16GB model and $28.99 for the 32GB model. The pricing for the 64GB model, which is expected in stock in July, will be announced upon availability.
In addition, Leef Bridge is available for purchase at leading retailers in several international markets, including Russia, Asia and Central Europe.