Toshiba finally opens the commercial availability for their new USB dongles that feature its TransferJet wireless data transfer technology.
News about TransferJet being developed as a USB device has been around for quite some time, and it seems that it’s just in time for the date the company announced for its commercial production.
The TG-UA00A, as it has been officially designated, will feature much of the same things that previous demo prototypes have already shown. That is, these specialized USB sticks would enable most mobile devices with the proper available port to transfer their data wirelessly to a computer, with transmission rates equivalent to a maximum (throughput value) of 375 Mbit/s.
The biggest catch to their high speed data transfer technology? Well one, there’s compatibility: “Most” here means all Android devices only. They also specifically indicated that it’s only for Android 4.0 to 4.2 devices. This means that your older Honeycomb tablet, even with proper native USB support, might not be able to use the device properly.
Another issue that some people may have is the concept of TransferJet itself. The word “wireless” may suggest that it would simply function like a faster, proprietary version of Bluetooth. It is actually intended as a very short range data transfer technology, which means that the transfer rates they claimed cannot be reached unless both the PC and the device are just a few centimeters from each other.
Both the micro-USB (for the mobile device) and full-USB (for the PC) TransferJet adapters support USB 2.0, with an OS requirement of either Windows 7 or 8 for the PC. In Japan, it currently has an estimated price that is equivalent to about $38.