today announced a new line of USB-based Flash Media readers designed to enable users of CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, and Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMediaCard (MMC) media to transfer data to their Macs or PCs. The new readers are being demonstrated at the DigitalFocus event in New York City on June 25.
All four models sport a vertically oriented casing. The one-meter USB cable is detachable, enabling users to swap it out for one of greater or lesser length if necessary.
The devices themselves are “Mass Storage Class” devices, which means that they won’t need driver software to be installed prior to use on your Mac. SmartDisk spokesperson Katharen Chamberlain told MacCentral that the new SmartDisk Readers will work with Mac OS 8.6 above, and said that support for OS X is “in the works.”
The SmartDisk SmartMedia Reader, CompactFlash Reader and Memory Stick Reader will all be available at the end of July. The Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard Reader will ship in the fourth quarter. Each of the readers is priced at US$39.95 and will be available direct through SmartDisk and its network of distributors and resellers.