MEGATech Showcase: The Flash Drives of Fall Beth Snyder November 14, 2012 Features It’s that time again! This batch has something for almost everyone, and there are several I would love if they made an appearance in my stocking this Christmas. Probably not gonna happen, but a girl can dream. Holiday shopping is definitely on my mind, as we got our first snow of the year recently. If you’re of a similar mindset, perhaps you’ll find something here as well. Ah, PSY. Who would’ve guessed that Gangnam Style would be such a huge hit pretty much everywhere? I have to admit I had no idea what it was until I worked a corporate event and a dance troupe from South Korea performed it as part of the entertainment (PSY wasn’t there, unfortunately), but now it’s hard to miss it. Anyway, this is a PSY “Gangnam Style” flash drive. It’s available from 4GB to 32GB, with prices ranging from $17.00 US to $35.00 US. I really want one. Source: Gizmodiva Next up we have the Corsair Survivor. Not as fun to look at, but infinitely more practical. This one is made of hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, and is shockproof up to 40G as well as being waterproof down to 200 meters. It even comes with a 5-year warranty, so you know they mean it. It’s available up to 64GB, and uses USB 3.0, giving you up to 85MB/s read and 70MB/s write. You get to choose between the silver/aluminum colour and “stealth” black. Pricing starts at just $18.99 US for 8GB and goes up from there. Source: Geek Alerts It’s the Simpsons! I was living in my first apartment and all of 18 years old when the Simpsons Christmas Special was aired for the first time, launching what who would’ve guessed would be a 20-year-plus undertaking. Here you’ve got the family with the exception of Maggie, with none of the supporting cast. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find capacity or pricing information on these, or if you have to buy them individually or they come in a set. Well, whatever. They’re flash drives, and they’re goofy-shaped. That earns them a place in this collection. Source: Ubergizmo If it’s security rather than fashion you have on your mind, how about this one from Evergreen? Officially called the USB Memory Lock Password Formula, it offers 8GB of storage, and is shaped like a calculator with an LCD display. You set your own 8-digit password to protect your data. This one runs 1,999 Yen (about $25.00 US). Source: TechFresh I’ve seen flash drive bracelets before, but this one I really kind of like. It’s pretty enough a woman would want to wear it, but not so girly a man wouldn’t want to. The band is braided black leather, while the flash drive/clasp is shiny silver metal. It fits wrists anywhere from a small to a large (18-22cm). This one is a little spendy at $38.00 US for 2GB, but it is attractive. Source: Red Ferret I have to admit, I don’t get the whole Steampunk thing. It reminds me of the wall hangings my grandma had in her living room (which I now own, by the way), which had been there since the mid-1960’s. But…everything old is new again, I guess. Anyway, this Steampunk flash drive offers you 8GB of storage, and is made of copper-plated metal. It comes in a copper-plated metal tin, wrapped in an “old looking” box. If you’d like one, it’s going to cost you $29.99 US. Source: Gadget Chick I have no idea what this show is, sorry. It’s been years since I got the Cartoon Network at home, though, and none of the my nieces and nephews watch it, so I do have something of an excuse. These are from Mimoco in their Mimobot line, which means in addition to storage for your stuff you also get exclusive content such as videos, sound software, and behind the scenes photos. Choose between Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum. Pricing starts at $19.99 US for 8GB and goes to $69.99 US for 64GB. Source: Geek Alerts Doesn’t look like a flash drive, does it? Well, technically it’s not. But what it is, is even better. How many 1GB and 2GB flash drives do we all have, from when they were new and didn’t hold very much? And how many of them are lying in a drawer or on our desks, because their capacity is pretty useless unless we’re only moving a couple of documents or pictures around? This is an Outdated USB Collector. What it does is provide docking space for all those silly little flash drives, combining their storage capacity until you’ve got an external HDD with usable capacity. It has an LCD display which constantly updates so you know exactly how much storage you have left. This is just a concept right now, so no pricing or availability, but I’d be willing to bet we’ll see it in stores soon enough. Source: Ubergizmo Most of us carry a flash drive on our keychains, so why not carry a flash drive that looks like a key? The PetiteKey from Lacie is resistant to splashes, spills, and even waterproof up to 100-meters. It doesn’t just offer physical protection, though. It features Lacie’s Private-Public software, which helps to keep your data safe with AES 256-bit encryption and password protection (sectioned off or not). But wait, there’s more! If you buy the 16GB PetiteKey, you get 16GB of storage on their cloud service for one year, free of charge. The drive itself measures 1.16-inches long (41mm) and weighs just 8g. Capacity ranges from 8GB to 32GB, with pricing ranging from $15.00 US to $40.00 US. Source: Gadget Review You only have so much room on your desk, right? So while this 4-port USB hub will look fun sitting on your desk (especially if you’re a fan of the new Beetle), it also will hold your business cards, thus saving you a bit of space. It also will hold your phone, if you’d rather, as well as featuring a 3.5mm charging socket, which you’ll need a converter to use (not included). It’s powered by the enclosed 8cm USB cable, and is available in green, red or orange. You can pick one up for about $9.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Most computers of recent construction have multi-card readers, but not all of them. And not everyone has a new computer or laptop. Which means if you’ve got some kind of SD card (like, say, the one in a digital camera) and don’t have a USB cable to connect it, you’re stuck. Apacer has just announced its USB card reader, which will accept SDHC UHS-I, SDXC UHS-I, microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I. Just extend the retractable USB connector, insert your card, and you’re good to go. No word yet on pricing or availability, but I’m sure it’ll be soon. Source: TechFresh Share This With The World!