When is a hard drive not just a hard drive? When it’s a tiny work of contemporary desktop art, of course.
The artists of Brazil’s Meninos design studio first started out making these custom pop art hard drive cases for their friends.
Hmmm. Would you rather be caught drinking on the job, or sneaking sensitive company data out of the office? Now you don’t have to choose, thanks to this new portable hard drive that looks just like a hip flask.
iomega’s eGo Leather Hard Drive may not actually carry your booze, but it will hold up to 250GB of your favorite files, so you can sneak them around any place you can carry an open container.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Russian craft of Matryoshka, they’re those little stacking wooden dolls that fit inside one-another, gradually getting smaller and smaller. Designer Art Lebedev has taken these traditional dolls and put a geeky spin on them, adding data storage measurements to each one.
So the big mama is a Petabyte, inside her is a Terabyte, followed by daughter Gigabyte – and so forth – all the way down to a teensy little baby Bit.
The set of 7 dolls is handcrafted by artisans from Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod and comes inside an intricate Birch wood container, and can be found over on Charles & Marie for $220.
Got a couple of spare Compact Flash memory cards lying around? Why not turn them into a high-speed, redundant drive array? With this new drive module, you can create your own solid-stated RAID array in seconds.
Simply plug in up to three Compact Flash cards, and this nifty device will set up a RAID array between them, which you can connect to your computer’s high-speed SATA port.
While it might not be the most convenient USB drive to carry around in your pocket, this bomb-shaped memory device is sure to draw stares sitting on your desk.
Designed by Mexico City industrial designer Joel Escalona, the USB bomb should keep your data safe, since its design is likely to deter to anybody who might have thoughts of stealing it, lest they might get blown to smithereens.
USB memory sticks are a dime a dozen these days, so you’ve really got to stand out from the crowd if you want to get noticed. These soft, fuzzy critters will definitely latch on to your digital memories in a way you won’t soon forget.
Designed by artist Nifer Fahrion of NifNaks, these invertebrate USB drives are handmade using wool felting techniques.
If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of Nintendo’s groundbreaking Wii-mote controller design. Now you can carry your files on a tiny Wii-mote inspired USB storage device.
Created by SolarMemo, the petite Wedisk flash drive looks like a wee Wii-mote, but press the “A” button, and the USB connector pops out of the top of the controller for you to plug into your computer.
If your household is anything like mine, you probably have scads of electronic gizmos which need to be kept charged all the time. But who really wants all those unsightly cords and chargers lying around their countertop?
Sure, you can store your data on a real iPod, but why would you want to when you can have a cute little version of the iconic media player instead?
FruitShop’s Pod Driver flash drives look a whole heck of a lot like tiny iPods with faces.
Don’t expect to crack these fortune cookies open to predict your future. Just like the real deal, they don’t taste very good either. But they will store your files and keep them safe.
The latest in the “Freshly Baked” series of USB flash storage devices from Vavolo, the fortune cookies come in both 1GB ($29.99)
Here’s a clever piece of home decor for those who can’t get enough algebra in their lives. This bookshelf cleverly integrates mathematical symbols into its design.
The equation bookshelf comes from the imagination of estúdio breder.
These USB flash memory drives get their inspiration from aluminum soda cans. While they won’t actually quench your thirst, they will store plenty of your files when you pop their tops.
The miniature soda cans come in a metallic blue or chrome silver finish which does a great job simulating a shiny aluminum can.
What better way to get your day going than with little chocolate donuts? Check out these little USB flash drives that happen to look like Homer’s favorite high-carb treat.
In addition to the traditional chocolate frosting, they’re also available in strawberry (my personal favorite) and some weird green shade too (moldy donut?)
Every time I think I’ve seen every possible USB flash memory gimmick, another one comes along and does something I never thought was necessary. This flash drive not only stores your precious files, it’s got a built-in cigarette lighter.
I’m not convinced that a device filled with lighter fluid is a good thing to plug into any power source, but that’s just me.
Already insanely popular with hipster-doofuses and the artsy-fartsy set around the globe, Domo-kun (aka “Domo”) is a strange little character that’s been seen on Japanese television screens for about ten years. Whether you think he’s cute, weird or disturbing, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the little brown guy.
Now it turns out that the wacky characters will be hitting U.S.
Ah, Gold. Computer peripheral maker LaCie has really stepped up their game lately, working with world-renowned artists like Karim Rashid and Neil Poulton to help create some truly stunning accessories. Now they’ve enlisted the help of Ora-Ïto to come up with their latest creation, the Golden Disk.