MEGATech Showcase: New Year, New Flash Drives Beth Snyder January 7, 2012 Features You didn’t think I was going to move on to something else, did you? As long as they keep making new varieties of flash drives for me to giggle over, lust after, roll my eyes at, or notice in some other fashion, I will keep gathering them into posts for your enjoyment. Or annoyance. I guess it’s up to you how that works out. Me, I’ll just keep collecting them until I no longer have room on my desk for them. Since we’ve just had a couple of weeks of partying, it seemed appropriate to start with this one. Because who doesn’t think putting beer in their flash drive is a good idea? This one doesn’t do it for me on a number of levels, one of which is that it’s not my brand of beer, but it does fill the criteria for making one of these posts. It only comes in 4GB and is a promotional product, which means you have to buy at least two dozen of them. Pricing ranges from $14.00 US to $17.00 US. Source: Technabob Next up is the iTwin. I’ve reported on this one before, but then it was only a dream. Now it’s actually on the market! This is much more than a flash drive, though. It actually allows you to connect two computers over the internet simply by plugging one half of the iTwin into each one. No worries if you lose one half, because the AES-256 encryption is hardware-based and will allow you to lock the missing half out, leaving your data secure even if it falls into nefarious hands. What’s funny for me, as it’s got the iSomething name, is it’s actually a Windows product, compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Priced at $99.00 US, this one isn’t necessarily for everyone. Source: 7 Gadgets Hello, McFly! Yeah, I went there. If you don’t get it, you’re way too young. If you do get it, don’t worry about the world ending this year… we all know Marty traveled from 2015. This one is an odd combination of the future and the past, coming in at only 4GB and being USB 2.0. The same company offers a wide variety of other vehicles, but this one is my favourite. Of course. You can make one yours for just $20.00 US. Source: Ubergizmo It may be obvious to some of you that I occasionally enjoy a glass or three of wine. The trouble is, I also want to be environmentally conscious, and wine bottles with actual corks in them are not. Luckily, many wineries are going to the composite “corks”, and there are a number of things that can be made out of the used ones. Like flash drives, for instance. Who’da thunk it? These are 8GB flash drives and cost $19.99 US each. Source: 7 Gadgets Wait. What? Did I just read that correctly? This is a USB flash drive for an iPad? It is winter in Michigan, and there is a place called Hell there, so I suppose anything is possible. But yes, it’s true. Hammacher-Schlemmer has come up with a flash drive you can use with your iPad. Well…kinda. The USB part is so you can use it on other devices. It actually connects to your iPad wirelessly. It comes with a 8GB SD card, but will accept up to a 32GB SD card. It stores enough power to stay connected for up to five hours (plugging it into a USB port recharges its internal battery), and works up to 150 feet away. It’s not cheap: $159.95 US. Source: Geek Alerts Ah, food. Why are there so many flash drives shaped like food? This one, though, if the pictures are a true indication, looks amazingly real! Possibly even good enough that you could put it in a dish of strawberries and your data would be safely hidden in plain sight. It comes in 16GB only, and costs $34.99 US. I’m guessing that’s because of its high quality looks. Source: 7 Gadgets I’m almost certain I’ve posted this one before, but what the heck. Who doesn’t love Mimobots? This one is Bossk from the Star Wars films, of course. He’s a limited edition (only 500 made), hand-numbered flash drive. He comes in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, although the only price listed is $49.99 US and there is apparently only one left in stock at Amazon. Better get yours while you still can! Source: Geek Alerts Finally, we have something that at first I thought was just as silly as the one filled with beer until I thought about it. Assuming, of course, that the pad where you put the scented oil has a waterproof seal against the actual flash drive, this could be to the great benefit of some gaming caves, no? OK, so no self-respecting gamer guy is going to use a pretty white or pink flash drive, but it’s still a neat idea. You should know it’s not actually a flash drive, though, it’s just a USB scent-diffuser. Get one for the lady in your life (or for the lady you wish was in your life) for just $44.00 US. Valentine’s Day is coming, after all. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!