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Recycle USB Flash Drive Is Bland, Eco-Friendly

By Luke Anderson

I hate to admit it, but rarely when I am shopping for a new gadget do I consider how “green” a gadget is. Yes, I know that there are plenty of companies out there that go out of their way to make it known that their product is good for the environment, but you tend to pay a premium to be environmentally friendly. If you’re the type that strives to be “green” then you’ll like this Recycle USB flash drive.

This eco-friendly gadget’s exterior is made up from 100% recycled newspaper. Hopefully you don’t put much weight into looks, because this one is about as boring as they get. At least they’re being offered in capacities ranging from 512MB-16GB. No word on pricing or availability.

[ INF ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Corsair Shrinks The Flash Voyager

By Luke Anderson

I rather like those tiny USB drives that are only as big as is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately I tend to worry that I will either break or lose them. However, this new Flash Voyager Mini seems combines the rugged look and feel of their Voyager line with the tiniest of flash drives.

Essentially you have a tiny 4GB flash drive encased in rubber and set on a slider. Just move the button forward when you need to plug it in, and backward when not in use. It’s the perfect size to use as a keychain without really getting in the way. You can pick one up for just $29.99.

[ Corsair ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Dunhill Bulldog USB Key Lets You Pay More For Less

By Luke Anderson

Rich people scare me. Okay, so not all of them do, but the ones that feel the need to spend $300 extra for an item that anyone else would pick up for dirt cheap. One such item I’m referring to is the Dunhill Bulldog USB Key, which is made from stainless steel and have a bulldog on the tip. No other special functions or abilities, yet for some reason it will run you $350. I guess if you really love bulldogs or enjoy lighting cigars with $100 bills, you’ll love this drive.

[ Dunhill ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Asus Mouse/Flash Drive Hybrid Just Looks Uncomfortable

Asus MS71

By Luke Anderson

Two-in-one (or more) convergence devices are always hit-or-miss. Some things just don’t need to be combined into a single product. I mean, you wouldn’t want your toaster to also work as a measuring cup, would you? Here’s a flash drive from Asus that also functions as a wireless mouse. While it’s not nearly as bad as my toaster idea (patent pending) I just don’t see this as being something I would want to use for even a short amount of time.

As a flash drive, it looks bulkier than most, and I likely wouldn’t want to carry it in my pocket. As a mouse, my hand starts cramping up at the mere though of using something that tiny. I think I’ll have to pass on this one. If you’re interested, you’ll be sad to hear that pricing and availability aren’t currently known.

[ Asus ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Open Your Beer Like A True Geek

Flash Drive Bottle Opener
By Luke Anderson

How many times have you reached for a cold one only to realize that you’ve got no bottle opener? You could try using your teeth, but if you’re very fond of them, I don’t recommend it. My suggestion is to bust out your 8GB flash drive and pop the cap like a real man.

We’ve seen other such devices before, but never one so sleek looking. Now if only we had some details on pricing and availability.

[ TrekStor ] VIA [ Pocket Lint ]

New Star Wars Mimobots Are Available For A Short Time

Star Wars Mimobots

By Luke Anderson

Every day I see a handful of new flash drives that claim to look “new and exciting.” Unfortunately that seems to be marketing-speak for either “same as everything else” or “really strange”. However, the Mimobot line of drives always have something cool to look at.

One of the fastest-selling sets of Mimobots were the Star Wars set. In light of the quick sales, they have decided to launch “Series 2”. You’ll have your pick of Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo. The drives are limited, so you’ll have to act fast if you want one. You’ll be able to pick from sizes ranging from 1GB to 4GB with prices starting at $50.

[ Mimoco ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Data Traveler Micro Reader Is A Flash Drive And MicroSD Card Reader In One

Kensington Data Traveker Micro Reader

By Luke Anderson

Have you ever tried to load some new music on your phone directly onto a microSD card? That’s the easiest way to do it in my opinion, as you bypass all of that annoying software that gets installed on your PC. Unfortunately this does involve you digging out you microSD to SD card adapter, then hooking it into your card reader. Now thanks to Kingston, you only need to pull out this flash drive and pop in the microSD card.

This flash drive acts just like any other, storing between 1 and 4GB of data. You also have the option of inserting your microSD card and transferring data on and off of it without digging around for an adapter. Prices on the Data Traveler Micro start at around $19.

[ Kingston ] VIA [ Crave ]

Domino Flash Drive With Obvious Usage Display

Domino Pen Drive (Images courtesy Marcos Breder)
By Andrew Liszewski

It takes more than just a novel design to catch a consumer’s attention these days when it comes to flash drives. Just cramming one into a random object is less than impressive. So the Domino flash drive by Marcos Breder serves as a great example of an unusual design, that’s also practical. The domino pieces split apart into two separate drives, and the white dots indicate the remaining storage capacity. When the dots are all white, the drive is full, when the dots are all black, the drive is empty.

While it means each domino half can only display it’s capacity in 1/9th increments, it’s not that different to other flash drives on the market that use a simple series of bars instead. Of course the big difference is that those drives are actually on the market, while this one is just a design concept.

[ Domino Pen Drive ] VIA [ Yanko Design ]

Lenovo Unveils Olympic-Themed USB Drive

Lenovo Olympic Flash Drive

By Luke Anderson

For those living under a rock, the 2008 Olympics are going to be held in Beijing. With it being an Olympic year you can bet there will be plenty of themed products to go along with it. A lesser-known fact is that this year’s Olympic torch design was created by Lenovo, which means there will be plenty of tech products that bear a striking resemblance to the torch.

Shortly after winning the torch design Lenovo showed off their Olympic laptop and assured us that there would be plenty more to come. They’ve made good on their word, and they are now showing off their matching flash drive. Unfortunately they’ve neglected to mention anything regarding pricing or availability.

[ Lenovo ] VIA [ PCLaunches ]