For the person who tends to lose their USB flash drive but always remembers her/his watch, the Hidden Flash Drive Watch was made for you. The 1.5 x .5 x .25-inch 4GB capacity drive slides right into the timepiece. Made with a plastic case covered with stainless steel and silver finish, the watch has a Japanese quartz movement, a dial size of 1.1 x 1-inch a black polyurethane strap, and luminescent hands. Get yours for $59.99.
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Another sacred iPod-shaped gadget has hit the market. This memory stick comes in either 1 or 2 GB for storing your files, images, or tunes. The flash drive is also plug-and-play and super-fast with its USB 2.0 connection. Made with a soft silicon outer case and with a carrying loop to make it portable, it is compatible with most computers and comes in white. Get the 1GB size stick for £19.95 (~$39.00) or the 2GB for £24.95 (~$49.00.)
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Kingston Technology, long associated with fast drivers, is offering up the DataTraveler HyperX USB flash and is trying to tantalize with the inclusion of a free 10 day World of Warcraft trial. Encased in metallic blue with black grips and capless, the drive promises transfer rates of 30Mbps read and 20Mbps write and will work with any Windows platform (but hints around that Vista is best.) The HyperX comes with a 5 year warranty, tech support, and is priced at £23.35 (~$45.00) for the 2GB version to £92.10 (~$179.00) for 8GB.
If you already own an Mplayer, then you might want to get it a friend. The A-DATA Theme Series T703 Mickey Flash Drive is USB 1.1 or 2.0 compatible for Vista, XP/2000/ME, Linux 2.4 or later, and Mac OS 9 or later. With the mini-weight of 20g, feed the Disney authorized gadget’s ear with your SD card, add a photo to its mini-frame, and attach to your cell phone or backpack. Choose from red, white, or purple for the Minnie-mouse price of $33.00 for 2GB or $49.00 for 4GB.
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It’s always fun to freak out your co-workers and this ought to do the trick. What looks like a cut cord is in fact a USB flash drive. A KingMax 1GB drive, USB cable, electrical tape, and gel-style 5 minute epoxy was used to create the device. DIY step-by-step instructions are available if you would like to create your own. As with all projects like this, you have to really be inspired, for if you buy the products to make it, you could actually end up with a cut cord and glue encrusted flash drive.
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If you are worried about someone grabbing your flash drive and learning all your secrets, Doculock’s FP71-Flash is about as safe as it gets with its fingerprint ID. Once you initiate it, you can use it in different computers with no software driver or password needed. The drive will remember all user names and passwords for you. The 1GB FP71 is available for £32.88 (~$65.00.) There is also a 2.0GB not available at this time so contact Doculock to pre-order if that is the one you prefer.
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The good folk at mimoco have added to their Limited Edition FriendsWithYou flash drive series with Malfi, Smiling Malfi, Super Malfi, and Mr.TTT. As with the others, each comes preloaded with soundBytes from designers Sam and Tury, and bonus desktop wallpapers, icons and music. To promote the friendship, the company is sponsoring a Make A Wish contest to give away 5 of them. Submit your wish on their site, but if you don’t want to buck the odds, grab your own mimobot in 1, 2, or 4GB storage capacity with prices of $39.95, $59.95, and $99.95 respectively.
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The Ultra Thin Credit Card Voice Recorder is another example of carry less, but do more. The 3.4 x 2.2 x .26-inch device weighs only 36g but holds 1GB of memory for almost 70 hours of record time. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of record/playback time and has flip-out USB 2.0 connectivity for file transfer or deletion. The Voice Recorder, which can also be used as an MP3 player and USB flash drive, includes earbuds and a neck strap, and is available for a price of $69.99.
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Mars Volta’s latest album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” was released last month in a USB drive that included extras for $29.98. They have already sold out. We have mentioned the practice before and it seems to be spreading in popularity. Barenaked Ladies released Barenaked on a Stick in 2005 and since then other artists, such as JLo, have followed suit.
All Access, which put out drives by Ringo Starr and Matchbox Twenty, has gotten together with EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal Music to make USB bracelets. These have previously been sold at concerts from such musicians as Willie Nelson and the Black Crowes. If you saw the last Grammys, you might have noticed that Ringo wore one of his own. We call that free advertising at its finest.
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IdentityPal is yet another terrific USB idea shoved into a flash memory stick. Get it for your dog, grandma, child, or even yourself if you are planning to climb Mt. Everest. The gadget will hold contact information including medical condition, medication, insurance, as much or as little as you want. It can also be password encrypted for security and works with any IBM PC USB port. Both water and shockproof, attach it to a key chain, neck lanyard, backpack, or pet collar for $39.95.
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