MEGATech Showcase: Still More Flash Drives Beth Snyder May 9, 2012 Features Figures. It was about a year between flash drive posts the last time, and this time my bookmark folder filled up in just a couple of days. It never rains, it pours, right? Ah well. There are some pretty neat ones in this collection, but nothing risque or borderline disgusting like there was last time. I swear, if I bought all the flash drives that make me giggle, I wouldn't have money for groceries. First up is some wooden dice. Not very effective if you actually wanted to roll them (and what game requires three, anyway?), but very effective as an 8GB flash drive. Once again the text of the source link has nothing whatsoever to do with what's in the picture, unfortunately, so I'm actually not even sure it's really 8GB. Or how much it costs. But if you want one, I bet they're easy enough to find. Source: 7 Gadgets If you don't know what this is, you are no longer allowed to read my posts. Ever. OK, maybe that's a little harsh. But really...if you can't figure out this is a Tardis flash drive, shame on you! This is only 4GB, which seems a bit low for being the doorway to everywhere and everywhen, but I guess it'll do. It even features a blue LED light and a keychain fob! These aren't available yet, but you can preorder now for $29.99 US and it'll arrive this fall. Source: Geek Alerts Basketball. My least favourite sport, but I understand there are quite some number of you who enjoy it as much or more than I like hockey. ADATA has come out with a line of NBA flash drives (officially licensed, even), that are available in 4GB or 8GB models. Each one measures 2.2? x 1.4? x 0.4? and is waterproof to a depth of 1 meter. They come with OstoGO and UFDtoGo software, and their impact-resistant rubber compound is easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. Currently, they are only available in the US, but are coming to Canada soon. Pricing is not yet available. Source: Geeky Gadgets This one is not just a flash drive; it can also charge your devices! What a huge bonus for traveling, or just for everyday use not having to haul around a bunch of cords. This one combines a 600 mAh rechargeable battery with a 4GB or 8GB flash drive, and depending on the model you get, there's even an SD/SDHC card reader. It's pretty much the ultimate in multi-tasking. Pricing ranges from $54.95 US to $69.95 US depending on what you get. Source: Your Tech Report One of the reasons I am so fascinated by the myriad shapes of flash drives is that I lose them. Constantly. There are no less than five roaming around my house somewhere with data on them that I need, but I have no idea where. This would be perfect for people like me! It's a safety pin-type deal, with a flash drive in the head. What more could you ask for? Well, maybe for it to hold more than 4GB, but still...4GB of data you can find easily is worth 16GB that got lost in the couch, right? And since it's a pin, you can attach it to just about anything. Unfortunately, this is just a concept at the moment. But I bet if it hits the market it'll sell like hotcakes. Source: Ladies' Gadgets I always manage to find at least one for the girly-girls, and this installment is no exception. This crystal-encrusted heart offers you 8GB of data storage. It's made of crystal and chrome, and even comes with a necklace. Well...it would, if it was currently available. Apparently it's out of stock and there has been no word on when it might be back. But when it is, you can pick one up for just $19.99 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Duracell is a name trusted by many in batteries, but they also offer flash drives. These are styled like an AA size battery (and are about the same size), with a black rubberized housing and of course the copper ring. You access the USB part by twisting it like a flashlight, so there are no caps to lose. It comes with a 5-year warranty, and is available in 16GB ($12.54 US) and 32GB ($24.60 US). Source: The Gadgeteer Here's another one that's still just a concept piece at the moment, but I hope actually makes it to the market. It's pretty simple, really...you can only access the flash drive (and its data) once you unlock the U-shaped number-locked bar (hence it's name: U-Lock). This one was designed by Beijing Technology & Business University, and is an entry in the 2012 iF Design Talents. Source: Yanko Design Speaking of protecting your data, how about carrying an anachronism in your pocket? This USB drive is sealed with genuine sealing wax, so it'll be obvious to you if someone tried to open it when they weren't supposed to. It does come with a signet, but you can make your own (or use that signet ring from college) easy enough. This one is available in 2GB ($46.00 US) and 8GB ($59.00 US). Source: Geek.com Finally, we have something with which every child of the 80's is intimately familiar: the mix tape. Depending on how old your car is, you probably still have some of them roaming around in your glove box, right? I know I did. Of course, this isn't actually a cassette tape, that's just the case. It's really a 1GB flash drive. Wait. 1GB? Really? That's about three-quarter past useless, isn't it? But if you want one, it can be yours for $17.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Share This With The World!