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Dr. Martens Limited Edition 50th Anniversary USB Boot Drive

Dr. Martens Limited Edition 50th Anniversary USB Boot Drive (Images courtesy Dr. Martens)
By Andrew Liszewski

Had to leave your life of ‘rebellion’ behind for a 9 to 5 job sitting in a cubicle? Well now you can relive a bit of your youth and lost freedom by backing up your TPS reports and spreadsheets on this limited edition Dr. Martens USB flash drive. It’s shaped like one of their classic boots, and even though the doctor prescribed just 2GB of storage, it will set you back $25 from their online store.

[ Dr. Martens Limited Edition 50th Anniversary USB Boot Drive ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

These Elecom USB Flash Drives Look Like Plugs… Innovation At Its Best

Outlet USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy Elecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

These new USB flash drives from Elecom are designed to look kind of like wall plugs…

That pretty much sums them up in a nutshell…

A 4GB model will be available from Geek Stuff 4 U sometime in August for about $37 (¥3,200) in black, blue, green or pink, and apparently they come with some kind of data encryption software that’s downloadable from Elecom’s site.

[ PR – Elecom ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

What?! – USB Flash Drive Designed To Look Like A Pipe Cutter

USB Coupe Tube Flash Drive (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

These days it’s hard to be taken aback by a weird USB flash drive design, but I’m left utterly confused by this pipe cutter, or ‘coupe tube’ that Brando’s selling in 2, 4 or 8GB capacities for $16, $19 and $31 respectively. I mean maybe if it was an actual functioning pipe cutter it could appeal to plumbers as a sort of industry-spanning multi-tool, but it isn’t! It’s made from rubber and probably couldn’t even successfully cut through a single piece of al dente cooked spaghetti. So, um, yeah, unless you’re a corporate spy who’s gone deep under cover as a plumber at a rival company, I can’t really see this drive appealing to anyone.

[ USB Coupe Tube Flash Drive ]

Corsair’s New Flash Voyager Mini Drives

Flash Voyager Mini (Images courtesy Corsair)
By Andrew Liszewski

Corsair’s Flash Voyager drives have always been on the cutting edge of flash drive technology whether it comes to capacity or read & write speeds, but their new Voyager Mini drives are less about performance, and more about being tiny. Like their bigger brothers, the Voyager Minis have an ergonomic rubberized housing making them easy to grip and connect/disconnect from your PC, and instead of an easy-to-lose cap, the drives feature a retractable connector. At the moment the Voyager Minis are available in capacities ranging from 4GB (~$15) to 16GB (~$50) with a 32GB model also on the way.

[ Corsair Flash Voyager Mini ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

eSATA & USB Flash Drive From Active Media Products

eSATA & USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy Active Media Products)
By Andrew Liszewski

eSATA based flash drives, at least pocket-sized ones, are few and far-between these days. So it’s not like you have to choose between eSATA and USB all the time. But Active Media Products has already made that decision moot with their eSATA USB SSD Drive, which conveniently includes both a mini USB 2.0 port and an eSATA connection.

When connected to your PC via eSATA you can expect to see read speeds of up to 100MB/sec and write speeds of up to 55MB/sec, though you’ll also need to have the drive connected to a USB port at the same time for power, which is a little inconvenient. (It means you’ll always have to carry the included USB cable with you.) The drive is currently available from Amazon in a 16GB and 32GB model for $69.95 and $109.95 respectively, and can supposedly be used driver-free with all of the major OSes on the market today.

[ Active Media Products eSATA & USB Flash Drive ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Infinitec “Infinite” USB Drive Isn’t Really


By Evan Ackerman

Infinitec is introducing what they’re calling the “next generation” of USB flash drives, the Infinite USB Memory (IUM) drive. Rather than storing data on internal flash memory, the IUM pairs with your computer, forming a wireless data transfer link. So, whatever device you plug the IUM into sees it as simple USB flash drive, while behind the scenes the IUM is streaming data directly from your computer, making available as much data as you care to give it, hence the “infinite” moniker. This isn’t some kind of infinite cloud storage thing, however, it’s just that the capacity of the IUM isn’t limited by the hardware on the IUM itself.

I can’t immediately figure out how the wireless bit works, but it’s going to be one of two ways. The first, which seems most likely from the way the IUM is described, is that it uses your laptop’s wireless card to transfer data. This means that if you’re out of range of your laptop’s wireless signal, your IUM loses its functionality. The alternative (and I don’t think it works this way) would be that it somehow connects to your laptop over the internet, which means that the IUM would function anywhere it could get WiFi access, possibly allowing you to set up secured access points ahead of time.

Whichever way it functions, I wouldn’t really think of this as a USB flash drive at all, for the simple reason that you can’t use it to back up or transfer data independently of your laptop. It’s more of a wireless USB network adapter, in that it gives any USB compatible device access to the data on your laptop via a local (ad-hoc) wireless network. This is definitely a handy capability, although its usefulness is limited to electronics with USB ports but without a network connection that you don’t want to plug your computer into directly (although there is something to be said for ease of use, which the IUM certainly appears to offer).

The cost for this convenience is $129, which seems rather steep to me, although (for what it’s worth) it’s generally equivalent to the Eye-Fi Pro, which offers the same kind of wireless ad-hoc network functionality.

The Infinitec IUM Drive goes on sale July 1.

[ IUM Drive ] VIA [ ZDNet ]

Lightsaber Flash Drives

Lightsaber Flash Drives (Images courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

They’re only 1GB in size, which is not a lot of storage for $19.99 these days, but something tells me ThinkGeek is going to sell millions of these Japanese Lightsaber USB flash drives. They’re officially licensed Lucasfilm collectibles, and they’re available in either a glowing red Darth Vader model, or a glowing green Luke Skywalker one, but I’m going to assume you’re not even reading this post anymore and are already in the process of placing your order at ThinkGeek.

[ Japanese Lightsaber USB Thumbdrive ]

MotKey USB Flash Drive

MotKey USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy Active Media Products)
By Andrew Liszewski

The first thing you probably said to yourself after seeing the MotKey was, “Wait a minute, didn’t LaCie already release a key-shaped USB flash drive?” And the answer to that of course would be yes. But LaCie’s keys feature slimmer form factors, stainless steel finishes and larger capacities. But what the MotKey has going for it is a rubberized finish and a design making it look more like a key to your car, perfect if that’s a feature at the top of your flash drive wish list. It supports Windows, Macs and Linux systems and presumably any other OS or device that claims flash-drive compatibility, and is available in a 4GB version for $14.95 or an 8GB version for $24.95.

[ MotKey ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Taxidermied Mouse USB Flash Drive

Taxidermied Mouse USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy Zackaholic)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not familiar with the backstory on how or why this mouse was converted into a USB flash drive complete with blinking red LED eyes, but I’m going to assume they died peacefully, surrounded by their family, friends and loved ones. What I do know is that those red eyes really creep me out, and however they went, I feel a bit sad knowing they didn’t live long enough to get closure on what Apple will finally reveal later this morning.

[ Flickr (Zackaholic) – Taxidermied Mouse USB Flash Drive ] VIA [ Make ]