Hard drives are about as exciting as, well, hard drives. Seagate Central ($190-$260) aims to change all that as the world’s first shared storage device with a Smart TV app, enabling you to access files on your flatscreen and just about every other device in your home. In short, the Seagate Central allows access to digital movies and music from a range of devices linked to your network, as well as giving you remote access. On the down side, you may never leave home again.
Seagate didn’t mess around in giving the Central the full monty: providing automatic and continuous backup across platforms for both Windows OS and Mac OS X, as well as backing up photos and video directly from Facebook, organizing stored files by media type, and allowing you access files via free apps for Samsung Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Apple iOS devices, Android mobile devices and even Amazon Kindle HD. Just about the only thing it won’t do is cook you a hot meal while you’re inundating your brain with a tsunami of entertainment. The library extraordinaire will be available March 2013 in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities.