ioSafe has never been shy when it comes to testing their own gear to the extreme. Neither has Home Server Show for that matter! I hope you remember my 'unauthorized' backyard burn of the ioSafe Solo. If not maybe you need to catch up.
Now that we are all caught up on the destruction what possibly could ioSafe do next? The next Rugged Portable from Robb Moore and company will be outfitted with a Thunderbolt port so fittingly they are zapping it with 1 Million volts of electricity!
If you need a refresher on the Rugged Portable it comes in Aluminum or Titanium, survives a drop of up to 20 feet, and can sustain crushing up to 5,000 pounds. It also won the CNET Best of CES 2011 award.
The video was shot live during the demo for Home Server Show and The Average Guy listeners. A group of us were huddled into a faraday cage in order to protect us and our recording gear while we witnessed the demo. ioSafe then employed Dr. MegaVolt and his massive tesla coil to zap the portable drive with 1 million volts after an impressive demonstration of the coil setting wood on fire and sending it's electrical power all over the room and to Dr. MegaVolt himself.
The best part of the demonstration comes after the electricity is shut off however. See if you can catch what I'm talking about in the video below. I realize it's a long video but it's the entire demonstration as we saw it.
The demonstration was impressive and a bit harrowing I must admit. I could see the burning metal on Dr. MegaVolt after the the electricity was turned off and we were only two feet from him at times. Although, protected by the faraday cage we were in, it was still a little unnerving that close.
The best part? Robb Moore, the CEO of ioSafe, brought the portable back to the computer desk to check to see if the files were still intact but with a slick move of acting, accidentally bumped OUR gear into a huge tub of water. Before the demo we were told to leave all laptops and sensitive gear in a separate faraday cage. While witnessing the demo the ioSafe crew took that small cage and swapped it with a dummy one that could be safely dumped into the water. The point that Robb was trying to make is that most cases of data loss are due to human error and silly accidents. He tripped on a grounding cable attached to the gear and in the water it went! At that point in time I recalled that my laptop bag was the last to go in the box and the first to go in the water! Point well made ioSafe.
What in the world will they do next year?