Minds@Work today made their Digital Wallet product official, we've seen pictures and some brief specifications on their website for some time now. The Digital Wallet (in a digital photography sense) is a portable device for downloading the contents of your memory card to allow you to continue shooting. Today Minds@Work have not only issued a press release but also activated their e-commerce site enabling you to buy the Digital Wallet. And we can vouch for it's authenticity as we have a unit in-house and will be posting a review very soon.

UPDATE 20/July/2000: Click here for our full review of Minds@Work's Digital Wallet

Full Minds@Work press release:

Minds@Work Unveils Plans To Capture Leadership Of $46 Billion Technology Storage Market

Premier Product Digital Wallet Now Available Through Web

July 19, 2000 - Irvine, Calif. - According to International Data Corp., the total market for storage products will exceed $46 billion by 2003. Minds@Work™, a privately-held Southern California company, today announced the release of a portable storage product intended to achieve the lion's share of that marketplace.

This product, Digital Wallet™, is a palm-sized storage device designed by Minds@Work to bridge the gap between today's technology and the application tools of the future. With 6GB of storage capacity, a Motorola ColdFire™ microprocessor, a Toshiba hard drive and rechargeable battery system, the Digital Wallet is the largest capacity "smart" portable storage device currently available in the market. The Digital Wallet can be purchased for US$499 online at www.mindsgear.com with retail sales to follow shortly.

"The Digital Wallet answers a real marketplace need, particularly given the high demand for memory devices," said Marc Ganouna, president and CEO. "With the Digital Wallet, users can not only store thousands of images from digital cameras, for example, but also dramatically expand the storage capacity of PCs, in a highly portable fashion," he added.

As part of the company's strategy to secure a significant percentage in the portable storage products sector, Minds@Work has partnered with technology industry leaders, including Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Toshiba (SAO: 1SEMP3.SA). These strategic partnerships ensure the Digital Wallet out-powers any other storage option available today.

The Digital Wallet provides convenient solutions for corporate users and business travelers, who require storage and transportability options for large data files, such as presentations and spreadsheets. In addition, the product is practical for vacationers, professional digital photographers and technology buffs who want a portable storage solution.

"With its high storage capability, the Digital Wallet can be used by consumers who download and store music files and digital videos from the Internet. Similarly, the Digital Wallet can be used by individuals or small businesses wanting to ensure documents, data and keepsakes are secure. In short, we've developed a product with storage capabilities that are limited only by the imagination," Ganouna added.

Digital Wallet has already been recognized for its design and technical excellence as the winner of Popular Mechanics 2000 Editor's Choice Award for "New Product Design and Innovation."

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Minds@Work is an innovator of consumer electronics products for the rapidly growing storage computer technology marketplace. As an engineering, design and marketing firm, the company creates quality products that set the standard for emerging capabilities in digital devices for both business and mainstream applications. More information on Minds@Work, its strategic partnerships, management team and products can be found at www.mindsatwork.net.

Minds@Work Digital Wallet Specificaitons

Storage Capacity 6 GB (5,838,752 KB available after formatting)
Microprocessor Motorola ColdFire
Interface Connection PCMCIA
Interface USB 1.1 (4-pin)
Hard Disk Toshiba 2.5".
4200 RPM, Avg. seek 13 ms, Max 25 ms, Latency 7.14 ms
Internal Buffer 512 KB
Power Six AAA NiMH battery pack (supplied) 7.2V, 650 mAH
Charger Charger / AC adapter supplied, 2.5 hour charge time. Accepts 90-240 VAC ~50-60 Hz
Vibration & Shock Operational Vibration 1.0G, Shock 150G
Non-Operational Shock 700G
Altitude 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
Compatibility PC (Windows 98 & 2000) & MAC (OS 8.6+)
Dimensions 135 x 95 x 32 mm (5.25 x 3.75 x 1.25")
Weight (inc batteries) 350 g (12.3 oz)
Price Approx. US$ 500 ($0.08/MB)

Buy online from www.mindsgear.com