By Evan Ackerman
Leyio’s new portable flash drive adds something a little bit extra to the mix, with a bunch of slightly unusual but potentially useful features. In addition to 16 gigs of storage, it has a fingerprint reader on top to keep all your naughty stuff secure. It’s also got a little screen, and a USB port to plug in other flash drives to transfer data.
The big draw, though, is the integrated ultra-wideband radio, which can transfer data between Leyio units in close proximity at about 10 mbps. It’s designed to be a sort of social file sharing thing, but with integrated PC syncing software, it would just be nice to be able to carry it around with you and have your files sync whenever you’re near your desk. It’s not that easy, of course, since you have to plug a little thing called a “shuttle” into your computer to make the UWB wireless connection possible, which means it’s not currently possible for Leyios to wirelessly communicate with anything besides other Leyios.
I guess what it comes down to is that the Leyio might be kind of neat if you and a bunch of your filesharing friends all had one, but otherwise, it might be a little too big and not enough of a convenience to pay for. There’s no price yet, but I bet it’s not going to be cheap.