Plan, shoot, upload, edit, upload, share — that’s an exaggeratedly concise example of the contemporary photographer and content creator’s workflow. Also required: camera, lenses, memory cards, laptop and/or tablet, external hard drive, cords, memory card reader, minutes, hours. For the traveling creator, the process is somewhat unrefined. That’s why Gnarbox has made it its business to simplify both the method and the collection of equipment needed to backup and edit photo and video content in the field.
Gnarbox’s newest product, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD, aims to streamline what it takes to get a photo or video from the press of the shutter button to your Instagram feed and beyond. Like its first iteration, which launched in 2016, the 2.0 is a hard drive-sized device that works with your phone and an ecosystem of applications to allow you to store, edit and share photos and videos. At its most basic classification, the Gnarbox sort of is a hard drive, but the additional features that it packs add so much functionality that the device exists in its own category. The company describes it in the most digestible way: “GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop.”
The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1T capacities. It’s equipped with two USB-C ports, an SD card reader and a micro HDMI port. Unlike its predecessor, it also has a mini OLED screen and buttons, providing utility without the need to reach for your smartphone. The apps in its stable include Gnarbox’s own, which are designed to store files, preview RAW images, review footage and view high-definition images and video on any HDMI-accessible screen. The 2.0 SSD also adds integration with Adobe Lightroom and Premier as well as Dropbox and LumaFusion. Oh, and it’s also dust- and waterproof.
The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD is currently crowdsourcing on Kickstarter starting at $299. Given the company’s success with its first iteration (and the fact that it reached its $75,000 goal in 39 minutes), it’s a safe bet that this won’t be one of those never-gets-made Kickstarter flops.
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