Image: Hugh Threlfall
September 05 2009
Seven years ago a British company brought out a strange-shaped smartphone called a Pogo. It was quite nice, but had zero impact and vanished. This French device, the Leyio (as in “Yodel-eyio”), looks like a scaled-down version of the Pogo but, although it’s interesting technologically, it’s destined to have even less success. You’re unlikely to find yourself yodelling for joy about the Leyio, you see, because its job is what’s known as “offline sharing”, which means it can store 16GB of stuff and beam great lumps of it to a second nearby Leyio device via an enhanced Bluetooth-type technology called UWB (Ultra Wideband).
In other words, Leyio offers the very kind of file sharing you will never, ever, not in a million years, want or need. Furthermore, to have one Leyio is about as much use as one shoe. But if you have a use for throwing gigabytes of data across a room in a couple of seconds, go for it. I can well see the technology taking off some place, but not in this device.