Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days. In fact, I get so many of them handed to me at media events, that I could probably build a 10 terabyte array out of the ones I have stashed in my desk drawers.
Flash drives used to have some value, but these days, I’ve got boxes full of them – mostly handed to me by vendors presenting their products. To garner attention, companies have handed me USB drives that look like everything from a metal horse, to a twig, to a key fob from a $100,000 car.
One of the things that I remember from Star Trek TNG are those isolinear chips that were used to store data. Fans of the show that want one of the more obscure items from TNG to show off their geekdom might want to check this flash drive out.
Find yourself running out of space on your phone or tablet? Expand the capacity of your iOS gadgets, and easily transport data between your devices with the iKlips Flash Drive. This compact solid state flash drive adds 32GB to 128GB of extra memory to your gadgets when you plug it into your Lightning port.
Firefly fans who have some data they need to hide for the Reavers, get out your credit cards. ThinkGeek has a Firefly Serenity Flash drive that is made from die-cast metal. It’s shiny and it’s awesome.
If you need a flash drive, here are some geeky gaming alternatives that are screaming for your money. These hand-carved classic game console inspired controllers can even be personalized with a name. Heck, maybe your high score on your favorite game too.
If you aren’t the best about backing up your smartphone data, that lack of backups may come back to haunt you if you lose or break your device. I can’t even call my own wife without my smartphone because I no longer know any numbers by heart.
If there is anything Game of Thrones has taught us it is that anyone can die at any time. It doesn’t matter if you are a lead character or not. If you have data you need to protect from an untimely demise, you might want to check out these slick zinc alloy flash drives, made in Game of Thrones style.
Where do you store your extra hard drives? In boxes? In a drawer somewhere? How about your flash drives and SD cards? If you’re having trouble tracking or protecting your storage devices, check out Datainer. Designed by Burkhard Bürgerhoff, Datainer is a family of drawers and cases that makes it easier to store, organize and transport hard drives, memory cards and flash drives.
Some say that the future of data storage lies in cloud computing. But until high-speed Internet access is available on a global scale, we’ll still need ways to store data locally. Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of bulky external hard drives and USB sticks we had paper-thin flash devices instead?
Earlier this year we learned about Gigs 2 Go, a concept for a credit card-sized pack of flash drives that you can “tear and share.” Inventors Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup seem to have figured out how to mass produce the drives and are now raising funds on Kickstarter.
Rechargeable batteries are pretty eco-friendly in the sense that you can recharge them and use them, again and again and again, until they stop holding a charge. However, most battery chargers are bulky and are a pain to carry around, especially if you’re traveling or need to use it on the go.
I hear parents complaining about how technology distracts kids and how some games and gizmos effectively make their kids dumber. I often tell them that the solution lies in their hands: replace those apparently useless gadgets with more educational stuff that their kids will still enjoy.
I’ve seen my fair share of incredibly odd devices for computers over the years, but most of the really bizarre stuff is rather cheap. You have to figure that the stranger a device is, the less money it has to cost for people to be interested.
Flash drives are useful, and I always keep one on me in case I need to transfer files, but they are getting so tiny these days that they are easy to lose. I’ve probably lost about four myself, just because they were so small.