Sony’s Personal Content Station (PCS) can best be described as a 1TB HDD with ports and wireless capabilities designed to backup and store content from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
The $300 device can also be used to display content on a TV or upload content to various social networks.
As expected, the PCS is compatible with Android 2.3 devices or later, as well as the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 6.0 and up. Plus, the Personal Content Station is said to work well with cameras as well as other devices.
"If you have an NFC-capable device, you can just tap your mobile device to the content station to start a backup," explained Liliputing's Brad Linder.
''If you’re using a device with WiFi, you can use that to start a wireless transfer instead. Or you can plug in a USB cable to backup data from select devices or pop a SD card or Sony memory stick in the memory card reader to transfer data."
Once the media has been transferred to the PCS, users can link it to a TV via HDMI or DLNA to watch videos and photos on a big screen. Of course, content can also be streamed from the device back to a phone or tablet over a wireless connection.
Unsurprisingly, the PCS supports a wide range of video and photo formats, including JPEG, MPO, RAW, AVCHD, MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 SD and 3GPP.
Sony's Personal Content Station is likely to roll out in the US towards the end of 2013.