MEGATech Showcase: Flash Drives For Fall Beth Snyder October 15, 2013 Features Finally there are enough flash drives in my file to make a showcase! For a while there, I was finding so many of them I could’ve done one just about every week, and then suddenly they slacked off. My theory is that soon we are going to be inundated with wild and wacky flash drives, but they’re all going to be USB 3.0. I think that’s what manufacturers have been waiting for. I hope so, anyway. I need my flash drive silliness fix on a regular basis. First up is a 32GB chocolate swirl ice cream bar. It’s “stick” has a hole where you can attach a ring or chain to make sure you don’t lose it somewhere, and to access the USB plug you just pull off the end of the bar. You’ll want to be careful, though…the cap isn’t attached, so if you carry this around on your key ring you might lose it and then your USB plug will be hanging out unprotected. That can’t be good. Anyway, if you’d like one of these, you’re going to have to shell out about $19.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Just the other day at work I was walking down the service corridor and someone told me to watch out because a car was coming. After I gaped at them in confusion, I looked to see a Mini Cooper driving down the hall. It wasn’t much bigger than these flash drives. Each of these holds 8GB of data, and you get to choose between 11 different models. The USB connector slides out for access to your files. Each one of these runs 4,980 Yen (about $51.00 US). Source: TechFresh I can’t stop looking at this one. While only holding 4GB of data, this drive contains 140 Indian Sapphire Swarovski crystals, and it’s beautiful. The body is made of silver-tone metal with blue laquer detail, but the crystals are the eye-catching centerpiece. I really want to make a necklace to hang this on, although it’s going to get spendy very quickly. Swarovski crystals do not come cheap…You’re looking at about $60.00 US for this one. Source: 7 Gadgets One of the main reasons I’ve never bought a stylus even though I could certainly use one (other than the part where I don’t have a place to carry one) is the fact that they do nothing else. This stylus, however, contains a 32GB flash drive. Which means not only can you use the tip to hit the keys you actually intended to, but you can store your data while you do it. At $39.99 US, it seems like a decent buy. Source: The Gadgeteer This might not be a goofy shape, but it is pretty attractive. And also professional looking, for those of you who can’t get away with the things I do at work. It’s also highly water-resistant, has a capless design, and is “ultra small”. That always worries me…I still have a very tiny flash drive somewhere in my bedroom with a bunch of recipes on it that I’m fairly confident I will never see again. But I digress. This one gives you 32GB of data for $22.99 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Is it just me, or does this one look like it was made to withstand a trek through the wilderness, or perhaps a military deployment? Measuring just 73 x 20 x 9mm, the Ventura from Mushkin offers up to 450MB/s read and 445MB/s write speeds and will be available from 60 to 240GB. And it’s USB 3.0. No word on exact availability date or pricing, but you can pretty much bet it’ll be on the higher end of the range. Source: EverythingUSB Here’s another one I just think looks neat. Not that it’s anything special, really…it just looks like a padlock. But its simplicity appeals to me for whatever reason. It holds 32B of data, and is USB 3.0 with up to 149MB/sec (read). Suggested price is around $80.00 US, but if you shop around you can pick it up for about half that. Source: 7 Gadgets Killing two birds with one stone was never this practical. Here you have not only a flash drive of indeterminate capacity, but also a rechargeable AA battery. If you need to access your files, slide out the USB plug and go right ahead. However, if you don’t need data right now but are looking to power up a device, leave it closed and use it as a battery. Probably sounds a little odd, right? Impractical? That’s because this is just a concept. But I am intrigued by it. Source: Oh Gizmo I’m positive I’ve featured this one before, but whatever. It’s R2-D2, and he deserves to be shared more than once. Just pop the top of his head off to access your 32GB of data. His body is made of rubber, and he’s USB 2.0. Not cheap, either…you’ll have to shell out about $45.00 US to take him home. Source: 7 Gadgets If you thought the combination stylus/flash drive was cool, how about this one? It doesn’t stop there; it can also be used as a stand for your phone. Of course, if you’re using it as a stand you won’t be able to use it as a stylus, but it’d be nice if you were watching a movie or something. It also has a detachable lanyard for easily attaching it to your keys or bag. Did I mention it’s waterproof? Yeah, that’s kinda neat. I could use that. US3 measures 1″ x 1/2″ x 1/4″ and weighs just 4 grams. Pick black or white, but you’ll have to wait for them to hit shelves. Their Kickstarter campaign closed recently, and they made their funding goal. Source: Ladies Gadgets Probably you should be careful where you use this one, and definitely don’t toss it in your carry-on luggage if you’re flying. What you’re looking at is a 32GB metal pistol-shaped flash drive. It’s supposed to be shock-resistant and dampness-resistant, but I wouldn’t rely on that too heavily. It does claim to be able to survive a fall of up to 3 meters, though. It’ll cost you about $32.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets If you are of a certain age, you remember mix tapes. Either the ones you made for yourself, the ones you made for that special someone, or the ones they made for you. I still have a few, and a couple of decades later they’re pretty darn funny to listen to. Today, of course, we have MP3s, the sound quality is better, and there usually isn’t a DJ’s voice overriding the first or last bit of a song. But you can still get the feel of a mix tape by using this Milktape. It comes in 128MB only (18-20 songs, just like a cassette held), for around $20.00 US. Source: Gizmodiva Almost as old as mix tapes, but still popular…The Simpsons! This is a set of three featuring Bart, Lisa and Homer. Their bodies are made of soft silicon, and you pull them apart at the waist to access the 8GB of data each one holds. The set of three runs $31.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets If you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, and you’re into Steampunk, how about picking up one of these Pentode flash drives? Each one holds 16GB of data, and you choose between green, yellow, red or blue lights. They’re made from old vacuum tubes, hollowed out and fitted with an LED and a SanDisk USB 2.0 drive. Each one will cost you $75.00 US. Source: Coolest Gadgets This is pretty neat, but I assume it was designed by a man. Why? Because there is no cap to cover the “lipstick”. Instead, to access the flash drive you pull off the black base. No woman would have done that…it’s not logical. Anyway, this one is a 16GB flash drive, USB 2.0, and runs just $15.95 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Silicon Power has come up with these nifty little flash drives that look like padlocks, but are made of soft silicon. You choose from blue or pink, and from 8GB, 16GB or 32GB capacities. They are capless, shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof. No word on pricing yet, but I kinda want one. And in pink, because it’s not a colour one would normally expect me to own. Source: TechFresh Finally, meet the PNY Monkey drive. Its “tail” is curled like a monkey’s tail, and designed so you can uncurl it to attach it to something. It’s made of a shape memory material that will curl it back up again to prevent it accidentally falling off wherever you’ve attached it. This one offers you 8GB of storage, and costs just $12.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!