MEGATech Showcase – Flash Drives, Flash Drives, and More Flash Drives Beth Snyder November 28, 2011 Features It’s time again for another collection of my favourite thing…goofy-looking (or just plain neat) flash drives! Not all of them are practical, and some of them are ridiculously expensive, but I love them all. Shall we get started on the latest additions to the collection? As a child of the 80’s, I have a soft spot for Transformers. So how could I resist this one? These have die cast metal bodies in the shape of Decepticons and Autobots, depending on if you’re feeding your good or your evil side. Being Transformers, they aren’t just flash drives…they’ll open your bottles as well! Neat, huh? These are available in either 4GB or 8GB, with pricing starting at $33.99 US. Source: Ubergizmo 35mm film might have gone the way of the Dodo bird, but it’s not dead yet! These repurposed film rolls house a 4GB flash drive, which you’re pretty much aesthetically bound to use for storing pictures. Since these are actual recycled film canisters, each one features a brand name, which is kind of neat. What isn’t kind of neat is you can’t pick which brand you get, but you’ll get over it. Each one will cost you 19.99 (23, $31.00 US). Source: 7 Gadgets These actually made my mouth water a little. Not that I have ever had occasion to wear cufflinks, but I could make a fashion exception. These cufflinks are not only flash drives, but can create a wi-fi network when connected to a computer (if that computer is connected to the internet). OK, so maybe they’re not as cool as they seem at first. They are made of rhodium-plated base metal with a silver finish, and measure 7/8 inch by 3/4 inch. They even have an engravable backing so there will be no doubt as to whose they are. The flash drive portion is only 2GB. They’re certainly not cheap…each pair will cost you $250.00 US. Source: Technabob Sometimes, you just want something cute. These little dogs certainly fit the bill, don’t they? These 4GB flash drives come in white, black, and beige, and their bodies are made of water-resistant silicone. Which is not to say they are waterproof, but if it happens to get wet in your pocket it shouldn’t lead to tragedy. Each one has a little hole in its ear so you can attach it to your keyring. Each one will cost you 19.99 ($31.00 US). Source: Geek Alerts You’ve heard of data encryption, right? Usually that means some sort of password or other software method. But this flash drive takes it in a whole new direction, placing access to the flash drive inside a padlock. Of course, it’s not overly practical since it leaves the flash drive exposed and I can’t really see how it would fit into your computer, but it looks neat. I have no specs or availability on this one, since all I could find was a picture. But it made me giggle, so that made it worthy of inclusion. Source: TechEBlog The Steampunk invasion has come to flash drives! This one is a Starship, although there are several styles available. The case is made of Ziracote hardwood, and is signed and dated by the artist with a tiny engraving. It also comes with a Goodies folder, which includes his Steampunk desktop as well as a gallery of photos of his work. Pricing looks to start around $250.00 US, but if you’re a fan of Steampunk you get that, right? Source: Walyou USB 3.0 is here, even if most flash drive manufacturers don’t seem to think so. This latest offering from Corsair gives you 32GB of USB 3.0 goodness. It’s also USB 2.0 compatible, so it’ll play nicely with your computer. It measures 5.1 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches, and weighs just 0.3 ounces. If you’re familiar with Corsair’s Voyager series, you know what you’re getting. If you’re not familiar, you should be. These are available for around $50.00 US or so. Source: 7 Gadgets This is not what it looks like…get your mind out of the gutter! What it really is as opposed to what you were thinking is a USB hub, and not recommended for internal use. They call it the peas in a pod hub, and it is a product of the Museum of Modern Art. It’s made of silicone rubber, and houses four USB ports. It measures 9 inches long by 1.5 inches in diameter. They’re available in a variety of colours for $32.00 US each. Source: Technabob Share This With The World!