Archive for USB Flash Drives

DIY Eraser USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

DIY Eraser USB flash driveJoining such USB drives as the Aigo and the bottle opener USB drive, here’s another that’s actually useful for more then just holding data. The eraser flash drive. Because sometimes you gotta, you know, erase stuff.

Instructables will show you how to make one, if the one you have now is just too ugly or with a broken case. Then you’ll know the joy of being able to erase whenever your USB drive is near. Assuming you still use a pencil, that is.

Mahjong USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

Mahjong USB flash driveMahjong tiles can be considered an art form, just like the game and now you can get in on the action with a Mahjong USB flash drive. It’s called the MahjongDisk and it’s a handcrafted USB flash drive made to look like three Mahjong tiles stacked together.

Thing is at $400 you might as well just make your own. The $400 drive is constructed from wood and available in 8GB or 16GB capacities. The Lan-Xue model will retail for another $100 compare to the Li-Shui, and both use materials found in classic Chinese furniture. Read and write speeds have been rated at 18MB/s and 15MB/s. The price includes getting them engraved with whatever you like, with something like, “I paid $400 and all I got was this lousy USB flash drive”.

Beer-filled USB flash drive to break in case of emergency

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2008

Beer-filled USB flash drive to break in case of emergencyYou know, I don’t know what this says about us as a society, but for some reason this gadget truly exists. What we have here is an authentic beer-filled USB flash drive that even features 3D “optional customizable floating objects” inside. With this liquid storage device you can celebrate your love of beer by always having some with you.

And if things ever get too dry and you find yourself in need of a hit, I’m sure you could break it and get just enough booze to wet your beak. Though I wouldn’t recommend it, you don’t wanna choke on those “optional customizable floating objects”. Storage size ranges from 128 MB to 8GB. You might also want to be careful that you don’t crack it and feed your laptop beer.

Human Skull USB drive is bone-headed

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

Human Skull USB drive is bone-headedSo you’re looking for a gift for your uncle Fester, but a normal run of the mill flash drive just won’t cut it. You need something more specific, something morbid, something dead and void of flesh, not to mention separated from it’s body. This 2GB USB 2.0 compliant flash memory shaped like a human skull might be just the thing. For a normal user, it might look odd to have a skull sticking out of a USB socket, unless it’s Halloween, but with your family it will fit right in with the cobwebs and coffins. Only $19. Maybe give it a little wig or something.

USB flash drive lighter

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

USB flash drive lighterSo you’ve got about a hundred lighters laying around, just like you have a huge pile of flash drives, because all you do is smoke like a fiend and save data all day for some reason. I feel your pain. Why not combine the lighter with the flash drive and have both in one convenient device. It’s made to look like a Zippo. A refillable Zippo with an 8GB flash drive and retractable USB connection that slides out of the bottom. The flame is adjustable, but the price is not at $59.99. If the Doors were around today they might sing Come On Baby Light My File.

Aigo USB drive doubles as a paperclip

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

Aigo USB drive doubles as a paperclipMaking USB drives that function in other ways seems to be all the rage. While this one won’t open a cold one, the Aigo USB flash drive you see here features an odd cap to protect the USB connector. No, this USB drive doesn’t double as a baby pacifier, but good guess. The cap is shaped like an apple and doubles up as a paperclip. I’m not sure anyone needs a paperclip so badly that they must have one on their USB drive, but what do I know. It’s available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, and retails for $18 and $28, respectively.

Formula one race car usb flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Formula one race car usb flash driveHere’s a flash drive for those with a love of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. But don’t zoom this one all over your desk or make it jump ramps, because your precious data is inside. This 2GB USB memory stick from Green House is molded to resemble a Formula One race car. A very shiny and tiny race car. The USB connector is in the rear. Like all good things we seem to want, this one is currently only available in Japan at the end of the month, where they love shiny little cars and pink kittys.

Recycled newspaper USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Recycled newspaper USB flash driveThe eco minded geek is always on the lookout for the next environmentally friendly gadget. The Recycle USB flash drive is all Mother Nature, fit for eco geeks and hippies who have given in to using tech and washing occasionally.

The entire exterior case is made up of recycled newspaper and has a storage capacity of 512MB – 16GB. I’m confused though. Does this mean it’s okay to just throw it in the forest when you’re done with it or will it choke small furry creatures? Either way, it’s not my concern after that. Still, I think they could have given it some style while making it Earth-friendly. I mean it looks like a paint chip off the wall.

Thumb drive/bottle opener is actually useful

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

Thumb drive/bottle opener is actually usefulCompleting the USB flash drive trifeca for this evening is the TrekStor drive/bottle opener. Since you already have a USB drive and you probably already have a bottle opener, why not combine the two? How many times have you found yourself opening bottle after bottle, getting blitzed while moving data around? More times then you can remember since it’s all a foggy haze.

It can store between 1GB and 16GB of data. Use it as a keychain and you’ll always have your data with you and never be thirsty. It’s not even a bad looking drive. Of course after a few beers everything is better looking, isn’t it? It will cost you about $10 when it’s released next month.

Evangelion USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

Evangelion USB Flash DriveFans of Japanese manga Evangelion will love this USB flash drive inspired by the series so much that they’ll toss their old flash drives aside. Then there are those who will keep it in the box and preserve it like an Egyptian mummy in the hopes that it is a collector’s item that will make them rich one day. Dream big my geek friends. Dream big. When was the last time you heard someone say, “I’m so glad I kept that USB drive in the box. It made me the millionaire I am today.” Whatever the case, the flash drive is designed like the Mecha‚Äôs cockpit and will come in 2GB capacities. Just use the damn thing!

USB Flash Drive Finger fresh from crime scene

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

USB Flash Drive Finger fresh from crime sceneWe’ve told you about the awesome muscle car flash drives from Jasonscreations. This is another one of his works. A bit more morbid, but probably great for Halloween or a gift if you want to give someone the finger. From his Etsy shop: “Each finger is freshly cut and removed from the local morgue (no, not really….well…..maybe) and equipped with 1gig of memory. Now, you can finally give that geek in your life “The Finger”. Hot swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.”

It will definitely get you some attention while you type away at your favorite coffee shop. I wouldn’t leave it lying around unless you’ve told anyone who lives with you beforehand. They might not see the USB part and call the cops.

Transcend 64GB USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

Transcend 64GB USB flash driveToday Transcend introduced it’s new 64GB JetFlashV20 high-capacity USB flash drive. The device claims to provide seamless data exchange between different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. Users can download and install Transcend’s free JetFlash software pack onto the V20 flash drive to enable V20 to automatically log on to website accounts, temporarily lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access. At 64GB, you can store a ton of data in this little drive with a fast USB 2.0 data transfer. It comes bundled with JetFlash software including Website AutoLogin, PC-Lock, Mobile Favorites, Secret-Zip, E-Mail, DataBackup, and Online Update

Wooden animal USB drives get no respect

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Wooden animal USB drives get no respectCould we really not come up with a better way to violate these animals via USB? Apparently not, and I have no better suggestions to offer as far as the placement of their uh, receptacle. Poor guys get no respect at all. Just living out USB life day after horrible day, like a having perpetual proctology exam as time slides toward infinity.

You can thank Japanese company Marubeni InfoTech. This is their line of wooden USB drives. Each features a 1GB storage capacity and you get five animals to choose from: dog, pig, elephant, hippopotamus and a swan, available in maple or walnut. They’ll cost you $73. Is there an organization for the ethical treatment of wood animals?

Lexar FireFly jumps to 16GB storage size

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on August 22nd, 2008

Lexar Firefly

Lexar has gone and increased the storage capacity of its popular, and small, FireFly USB flash drive. You can now pick up a 16GB version for around $100.

The 16GB FireFly, like other FireFlies from Lexar, works both with PCs and Macs and is available in a red color. It is outfitted with a keychain hole for portability and features a protective cap and blue LED tail that blinks during data transfers. It also comes pre-loaded with a free 30-day trial of Dmailer V7 software, which enables you to backup and synchronize files, including Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.

Lexar

Thanko puts a pad lock on USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2008

Thanko puts a pad lock on USB drives
There are lots of ways to protect your ultra secret “eyes only”, top level clearance only data. Here’s Thanko’s answer. A pad lock on a usb drive.

Hey why not? If you have nosy co-workers or are just paranoid someone will find out about you moonlighting as a secret agent, it might work. Maybe. Okay, probably not. But it’s a neat idea. Maybe good for protecting regular data. Go for something stronger when hiding Top Secret files. Even a monkey could disassemble this thing.