To USB or Not to USB


The First USB 3.0 Consumer Products

I know what the first USB 3.0 Consumer Products should be. 

The Digital Camcorder.

The Camcorder will have a hard drive (like a laptop drive) and will likely shoot high definition.  It will have a 80 GB drive minimum, and will sell for $800-$1000.  A good example of an existing hard drive camcorder can be found here.

This targets the Prosumer market, the people that are used to paying $800 or more for a camcorder.  They are serious enough that, today, these people already either use tapes and take the 1 hour to transfer and another 1 hour to convert these to an MPEG file.  Or they do nothing and accumulate the tapes.

I don’t know about you, but since I had kids, and then 2 kids, I have no free time to spend converting hours of video to hours of DVDs. 

With USB 3.0, you will be able to transfer 27GB of data in about 70 seconds.  This makes a new business viable. 

For example, for digital still cameras, at CostCo or other places, you can plug in you photo memory card, and print pictures.  If you want to print all, the process is less than 3 minutes of transfer and checkout. Then you just shop and pick up your photos after you check-out.  This is not viable with todays tapes or USB 2.0 speeds.

With Super Speed USB, you will be able to drop off your camera with the attendant, pick you DVD menu, and when you check out you will have a DVD (or Blu-Ray Disk) with your videos.  This makes shooting video much, much more compelling that today’s process.

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