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Tag Archives: USB flash drive

Memory City Turns Your Flash Drives Into A Miniature Metropolis

Memory City Flash Drive Storage (Image courtesy design3000.de)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got a desk covered in random flash drives that once contained instruction manuals, images or press kits. They end up getting randomly used throughout the day, which is why mine never get stashed away in a drawer. And occasionally, one will go missing. So here’s a novel way to wrangle a handful of your flash drives and memory cards.

Memory City Flash Drive Storage (Image courtesy design3000.de)

Memory City can hold up to 4 USB flash drives, turning them into towering skyscrapers and architectural masterpieces in a miniature town. There’s also room for 3 SD cards, 3 microSD cards and the best feature of all, 3 places to store flash drive caps because we all have a few that haven’t gone the retractable route yet. Available from design3000.de for ~$14 (€9.95) in red or white.

[ Memory City Flash Drive Storage ] VIA [ HolyCool ]

Elecom’s New DATA clip Flash Drives Seem Oddly Familiar…

Elecom DATA clip Flash Drive (Image courtesy Elecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

You know I can’t seem to put my finger on it, but Elecom’s new DATA clip USB flash drives look oddly familiar to me. Their design awkwardly combines a USB flash drive with a traditional, curved metal paperclip. (Except plastic is the material of choice here.) And I say ‘awkwardly’ because when attached to a stack of documents the drive part ends up sticking out, which to me looks like it could easily be knocked off when passed around. A more improved design would have the DATA clip attached to a document so that the flash drive part hung over the page, making it more secure. But who knows, maybe that’s not even possible?

[ Elecom DATA clip by Nendo ] VIA [ designboom ]

LaCie FastKey Reviewed. Verdict: Speed Certainly Does Come at a Price

By Paul McCollum

Following Kingston, PQI and Super Talent, LaCie has also jumped onto the USB 3.0 bandwagon with its FastKey. Bearing a strong resemblance to the IronKey drive, the $499 FastKey USB 3.0 flash drive keeps with the company’s tradition of devices that are easy on the eyes (and pricey). A smooth metallic exterior and a slim form factor make the FastKey a nice conversation starter. The cap and body are lightweight and metallic, giving the feel of a smaller drive. However, the above average width may cause problems blocking adjacent USB ports.

While the FastKey is slightly larger than most flash drives, it packs a whopping 120GB of storage. With this amount of storage, speed is a necessity. What good is 120GB of space if it takes an hour to fill it up? For FastKey’s real world performance, you can expect a read rate of 125MB/s and write of 85MB/s, provided you have a fast internal drive to match the speed. So, it will take about 16 minutes or so to copy everything from this thumbdrive to your PC.

Not all flash drives are built the same, even those as bold to call themselves an Express or Blaze are deceptively slow. When selecting a flash drive, pay close attention to the actual speed rating of the memory as opposed to the version of USB that they support. Full details on how well the LaCie FastKey lives up to its name can be found at Everything USB.

[ LaCie FastKey Review @ Everything USB ]

More Miniature Canon Digital Camera Flash Drives

Canon Digital Camera Flash Drives (Images courtesy One Paradox)
By Andrew Liszewski

A few years ago we brought you a miniature version of a Canon 5D MkII DSLR that was actually a 4GB USB flash drive in disguise. Given it had popped up on eBay it led us to believe it was a real product, presumably given away as a promotional item at one point. Well we’ve now discovered the 5D MkII wasn’t the only camera in Canon’s lineup to get the miniaturization treatment. Tiny versions of their IXUS 200IS P&S and LEGRA HD camcorders also exist, each sporting the same pop-out USB port and 4GB of flash storage as the 5D. As to where you can get your hands on them, if any one has any clues or leads we’d love to hear ‘em.

[ Behance - One Paradox - Miniature Camera Thumbdrive ] VIA [ I New Idea ]

Bone Collection Ninja Flash Drive – Is That A USB Port In Your Pants Or Are You Just Happy To Store Files?

Bone Collection Ninja Flash Drive (Images courtesy Holycool.net)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the ninja-shaped water-resistant silicone jacket means that this 4GB USB flash drive from the Bone Collection should be safe from everyday wear and tear, those who are particularly prudent might have a hard time accessing the USB port since it’s basically sticking out of the ninja’s posterior. And I mean look at him when he’s attached to a laptop’s USB port. It doesn’t look like it’s files he’s offloading…

Anyways, on the plus side there’s also a set of magnets in the ninja’s feet that let him scale filing cabinets and fridges, and he’s available from Cyberguys, in black or red, for $24.99.

[ Bone Collection Ninja USB Flash Drive ] VIA [ Holycool.net ]

Sound Recording USB Flash Drive Has Me Suspiciously Eyeing A Mountain Of CES Press Kits

Sound Recording USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

So we returned from CES this year with around 180GBs of USB flash drives, mostly from press kits and the like. But now paranoia has me suspiciously eyeing that bag of drives, wondering which ones might be recording my conversations, since a few of them look exactly like this little invasion of privacy. It’s got 2GB of internal memory, but more importantly, a built-in mic capable of recording any and all audio in a 16-foot radius at the flick of a switch.

It captures directly to WAV files giving you about 4 1/2 hours of continuous recording, and of course charging the drive and/or recovering the recordings is accomplished by connecting it to your PC via the USB connector. It’s not the most elaborate piece of spygear we’ve ever covered, but to be honest I think it’s one that people will least suspect. And it’s just $19.99 available from Amazon.

[ Amazon - 2GB Flash Drive Memory Spy Audio Digital Voice Sound Record Recorder ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

[CES 2011] Someone Went To A Lot Of Trouble To Create These Detailed Mini Cooper Flash Drives

Mini Cooper Flash Drives (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Are you a fan of the Mini Cooper and moderate levels of flash memory? You’re not alone because a Chinese company has gone to a lot of trouble to license the Mini brand and create surprisingly detailed USB flash drives. The retracting USB port is hidden inside the Mini’s trunk and can extended via a sliding switch on the underside of the vehicle, but besides that these things were surprisingly detailed. And when plugged into your PC the headlights even light up. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 8GB capacities, though I’m not sure if they have a distributor in North America just yet. (There’s a reason they were at CES after all.)

[ Mini Cooper Flash Drives ]

TRON: Legacy Light Cycle USB Flash Drives

TRON Light Cycle USB Flash Drives (Images courtesy Toys "R" Us)
By Andrew Liszewski

Given the film is just around the corner I would have said it’s about time for the TRON: Legacy marketing push to go into full effect, but it seems that ship sailed months and months ago. Somehow though I’m not already sick of the film before even seeing it, and I’ve even been impressed by the some of the TRON: Legacy tie-ins that have already been released.

Now they’re no where near as cool as the glowing Adidas’s TRON: Legacy sneakers, but I wouldn’t mind a set of these light cycle USB flash drives. They come in both a 4GB Sam Flynn and 8GB Kevin Flynn variety, and of course feature glowing accent lighting when connected to your PC. They’re both currently available from Toys “R” Us for $24.99 and $34.99 respectively.

[ TRON Sam Flynn Light Cycle 4GB USB Drive & Kevin Flynn Light Cycle 8GB USB Drive ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Luggage Tag USB Flash Drive Could Increase Your Chances Of Seeing Lost Luggage Again

Luggage Tag USB Flash Drive (Image courtesy Neatoshop)
By Brian Liszewski

It won’t do much to prevent your luggage from going missing, but if your belongings do get lost while traveling, just think of the many ways this USB flash drive luggage tag could improve your chances of seeing your suitcase again. Obviously you can write your name and contact info on the outside label, but with 2GB of storage at your disposal you can include a pre-recorded video passionately pleading for the return of your lost luggage, detailed maps and directions to wherever you’re staying or maybe even a couple of albums that the finder can keep as a reward if they decide to help you. But just like it’s not recommend to lock your suitcase, the TSA might disapprove of encrypting any of the files on the drive. $29.95 from the Neatoshop, available in the assortment of colors pictured above.

[ Luggage Tag Flash Drive ] VIA [ ChipChick ]