MEGATech Showcase: Time For More Flash Drives Beth Snyder September 6, 2012 Features What better way to kick off the week everyone heads back to school than with another collection of flash drives? Granted, there are rather more hubs in this collection than normal, but those can be fun and useful as well, right? I’m sure there will be more goofy-shaped entries as we get closer to the holidays, but for now, let’s see what we’ve got, shall we? This first one is still just a concept piece, but I think I like it. Unless you have a collection of several different flash drives like the ones I feature here, as well as a fabulous memory for what you put on them, these could prove invaluable in time saved. All you need to do is write on them what they contain when you store something, and you’re good to go. Best part is it’s an e-paper display, which will show a title of your choosing as well as the last three files uploaded. Like I said, it’s a concept piece (designer: Jui-Min Huang), so no word on capacity or pricing if it’s even available, but I thought it was neat. Source: Gajitz This is a cute little fella, isn’t it? With the Summer Olympics just over, there is a worldwide desire for all things English. Why not add a Queen’s guard flash drive to your collection? Of course, to use him, he needs to be in a position no guard would ever allow, but whatever. The cap is attached to the body, so you shouldn’t be able to lose it. He’s available in 4GB ($84.00 US) or 8GB ($90.00 US). On second thought, that’s a bit spendy for my taste. Source: Geek Alerts Me, I’m always losing my flash drives. There is one right now roaming around somewhere in my bedroom containing my entire recipe database from when I was switching over computers and got distracted. But incorporating a 16GB flash drive into a wristband is a pretty darn brilliant way to overcome that problem, isn’t it? The wristband measures 8 1/2 inches when laid flat, and is made of leather and metal. You can take one home today for just $14.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Like the idea, but not the style? Maybe this 8GB white wristband would work out better for you! This one is made of flexible silicon, and also measures 8 1/2 inches when extended. This one is even a little cheaper, coming in at about $11.50 US. Source: 7 Gadgets I’ve featured several different gun-shaped flash drives, but I think this is the first one in copper. It’s also the first one where the flash drive is mounted in the handle like an ammo clip. It only offers you 2GB of storage capacity, but you can forgive that, can’t you? Cost on this one is $15.00 US. Source: Geek Alerts MUST HAVE!! OK, so it only holds 4GB of data, which seems ridiculously small considering what this is, but still…I want one. It comes with a keychain attachment, and even lights up. Unlike most two-part USB drives I’ve seen, however, the keychain is attached to the actual USB part rather than the cover, which means you won’t lose your data if you misplace the part you took off your keychain. Granted, you’ll have lost the coolest part of owning it, but at least your data won’t go missing. You can pre-order this one now for £13.99. Source: Craziest Gadgets I always have at least one for the girls, and this time is no exception. Lipstick! No one will suspect that your lipstick conceals a 16GB flash drive, so your data should be safe even if you’re doing a James Bond type super secret transfer at the local club. Or something. This actually is a combo pack, giving you three lipstick flash drives (purple, orange and pink), each holding 16GB. The pack of three will run you about $43.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Here we have an entry from the land of over overpriced niche marketing. Because apparently this particular drive is specifically designed to back up your pictures, as opposed to every other flash drive you’ve ever used to do the exact same thing for a fraction of the cost. Call me cynical, I can take it. The Picture Keeper is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, selling for £14.99, £29.99 and £49.99 respectively. Source: Coolest Gadgets If you’re a child of the 80s, you’re familiar with Rubik’s Cube. I was probably only able to solve the thing without cheating once out of every 8,647,932 tries, but this one looks like even I could handle it. It’s a genuine Rubik’s Cube product, measuring the same dimensions as three blocks from a standard-size cube, and made out of the same durable plastic with coloured stickers. The bonus here is that this one happens to house an 8GB flash drive. Take one home today for just $24.00 US. Source: Geek Alerts And now we come to the hub portion of our program. This one reminds me of those ceramic villages my grandmother always had on the fireplace mantel at Christmas time. It measures 2.5 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches and weighs just 3.4 ounces, and offers you four USB ports for your various devices. It’s temporarily out of stock, but when more are available they will run you about $20.00 US (shipping within the US only). Source: 7 Gadgets Han Solo in Carbonite! One of the unforgettable images, and one used for a really amazing array of tech gadgets, is now available as a four-port USB hub! This doesn’t appear to be an officially licensed product, however, since it comes from an Etsy store. As such, each one is custom-made, so availability could be a crap shoot. If you want one, it’ll run you about $45.00 US. Source: Walyou Finally, we have a hub after my own heart. I know there are people in the world who don’t like chocolate, and I have a word for those people: mutants. The only risk I can see in having this four-port USB chocolate bar sitting on your desk is the risk that the office sneak who normally steals your candy stash from your desk drawer will think it’s actually food and run off with it. But then that would be sort of like instant Karma, wouldn’t it? Anyway, this one will cost you about $12.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!