Geektastic Designs: 50 USB Gadgets & Funky Flash Drives
What would we do without USB flash drives and gadgets? Some USB drives are so cool you might drool, while some are just bizarre. Whatever you might be inclined to like, you can probably find a USB-powered gadget or flash drive to meet that desire. If you are shopping for your special geek, don’t forget we all love the portability of our music, books, pictures and data. Here are 50 geektastic USB gadgets and funky USB flash drives.
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So you like security, huh? This secure 4GB or 8GB USB storage is the IronKey S200 self destruction enabled flash drive. It has strong AES 256-bit hardware encryption and active malware defenses. IronKey claims to be the highest L3 security level. There are 4 levels in total, with the highest validation for products that operate in physical unprotected environment. As a flash drive, IronKey S200’s dual-channel architecture SLC NAND boosts performance for small file operations, optimizing the drive for virtual machines and bootable mobile desktops alike.
Teeniest flash drive around
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This teeny tiny drive is the smallest we’ve seen and is barely bigger than the tip of your pinky. It’s less than 4mm thick, but comes in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB! You could store up to 16 full length ripped movies, 20 full days worth of music, more than 16,000 five megapixel photos, or 320 meters worth of shelved books. Sure, it’s so small you could easily lose it, but it comes with a chain to help keep it around.
Too Cool, Don’t Drool
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This steampunk USB flash drive glows when it’s plugged in. If you want one, get in line. These 16GB USBs sold out in one day at Etsy even with a price of $165. The bottom left flash drive might seem to be so boring that you yawn at first, but when you realize what it can do you might think it’s pretty sweet. It’s a Kids Online Guard USB stick that will protect your kids from certain Internet sites but can also lock your computer down if you want. Your rugrats can pound at the keys and your programs, documents or entire computer is safely locked. The last USB drive is so cool, you might drool. This Swiss Flash USB Knife is the ultimate geek multi-tool. It’s available in 4GB, 2GB, 1GB capacity and it includes a red LED light, ballpoint pen, knife, scissors, file with screwdriver and keyring.
Credit Card USB Drives
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If you like to flash your credit card around, this might be for you. Or you can tuck it away in your wallet with your other credit cards. The USB drive is located on the back side. These are available in 2GB or 4GB, also disguised as American Express or Santander Platinum. If it gets ripped off, instead of simply having your identity stolen, you can lose your data too.
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Aroma therapy has reached a new level. If you plug in any of the above USB flash drives, you can scent the air around your computer. These USB fragrance dispensers come in a variety of colors and shapes. Aroma USB can also be branded for your business and customers while providing a calming, energizing or clarity scent. The two USB drives on the bottom left are from Scent Drive who offers another 98 designs to suit your mood. Causal to luxury fashion as well as exotic scents are available in 2GB storage capacity.
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Electronics and fire have never been friends and you could even say they are essentially sworn enemies. But in the case of this USB flash drive, they have decided to call a truce. This flash drive has an ample 8GB capacity and the lighter is refillable. The USB connector slides out of the bottom of the metal case, using a small slider lever located on the side of the lighter.
iTwin Wireless USB Device – Connect 2 Computers
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iTwin’s device consists two USB drives that also come as a wireless USB data bridge. When you need it, you can separate them and plug them into separate computers to allow instant sharing of files. While the amazing part is, according to the designer of this device, you could plug one end on one computer and other end on another computer somewhere else in the world that has internet connection, and that’s it, you could instantly access and transfer data between those two computers. iTwin brags of being hacker-proof, but if you know anything at all about hackers . . . you never throw down a dare like that or else someone will gladly prove you wrong!
All Kinds of USB Gadgets & Drives
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Are you rougher than a cob? Well then safely encased in a tough rubberized shell, the top left 1GB – 8GB flash drive might be for you. On the upper left, Axxen’s iPassion USB Flash Drive resembles an 18K gold bar with 2GB and 4GB storage capacities. If you love baseball, then Centron Electronics has come up with 30 MLB logos for you to choose from with 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB storage capacity. On the bottom left, USB Insert has flash drives with branded trademark or logos to reach target audiences through their colorful USBs. Finally on the lower right, this is a low-fat, high-bandwidth solution to your networked cooking needs. The George Foreman USB iGrill allows you to download recipes, enter type of food, weight and desired degree of doneness so you can cook and eat without ever needing to leave your computer.
Seriously? Probably Gag Gifts
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What do sticks, hacked, and feathers have in commons? USB flash drives, of course. Perhaps these are closer to gag gifts? The feather flash drive and the hacked USB cable both have 2GB storage capacity. That alone might make them jokes since that won’t hold much. The wooden stick USBs have a variety of wood, colors and storage, but it’s only 128, 256, 512MB, or 1GB.
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Creative people get hungry too. Perhaps that is what inspired these meat and main course USB flash drives. There are a couple varieties of the ever-popular bacon. Then there are BBQ, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, pizza, shrimp and even sushi in storage serving capacities of up to 4GB. Hungry yet?
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If the meat was a bit too heavy for you, then here are wide variety of fruits, snacks and desserts. The watermelon, strawberry and banana will hold 4GB of data. Then there are the grapes that are not actually USB flash drives but a grape shaped USB hub. It features three different hubs for your various USB powered gadgets. There are cookies and fortune cookies, donuts and even ice cream which will fill you up from 1GB to 4GB. 1GB is sad, but on the bright side there are no calories.
Lego & Domino USB Drives
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Want to be the coolest kid on the block or have a cool kid on your shopping list? The Lego 4GB USB flash drive comes with a keychain and color coordinated cap for protection. Who couldn’t use another flash drive for storing music, images or files? The one that resembles a domino was actually inspired by the racing world. It’s called the Grand Monaco Collection Series and this titanium superalloy has 32GB of storage capacity.
Data Bloat – Flashbags
The size of the device changes depending on the amount of data it holds. When the device is about to blow up you will see the familiar error message on your screen: “There is not enough free space”. When switched off the flashbag remains pumped up, so you can estimate with the naked eye how many more pictures, books and music can be transferred into it.
Specialty USB Gadgets
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The Alien Shape USB flash drive has a one meter length USB cable. Instead of letting us know what storage capacity is available, they stress the all-important fact that the inner-mouth pops out. If you have an Alien fan on your shopping list, they would probably have a geekasm. For Star Wars fans, there is Yoda, Master of the Light Warriors. He’s not actually a storage device, but a cool USB gadget nonetheless. It comes with an installation CD to allow you to assign keywords to activate reactions such as a blush on Yoda’s cheeks or to illuminate the all-powerful light saber. So basically if you apply yourself, you can find almost any kind of specialty USB gadget or flash drive. For example, the skull lovers on your list might like the skull USB ring.
Sex It Up Baby
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Sex sells. Clearly this is true for USB flash drives as well as everywhere else. There is the “classy” dog that humps when you transfer data. If you like comedy and sex, not saying your sexual endeavors are comedic, but Ebay has a wide array of USB flash drives such as the choking hazard one. And yes, that is a sperm shaped USB. They are not for sale but were given out at a conference for the American Society For Reproductive Medicine. Can it get more bizarre? You betcha! The USB Pregnancy Test doesn’t allow you to store data but it does lots of analyzing and comes with 20 test strips so you can pee on it again and again.
Ridiculous USB Gadgets
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Some USB gadgets seem to be simply ridiculous. Your office might be dry and boring, but the area around your desk doesn’t have to be. The Stitch Humidifier uses your powered USB port or an AC adapter to pump moisture out through Stitch’s open mouth, making your area more . . . comfortable? Or perhaps you might want to be the first guy in the office with a USB Air Conditioned Shirt? USB-fans blow fresh air into the shirt, powered solely by your powered USB drive.
Wireless USB Device: Wink Glasses That Keep You Awake
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If you are a really evil boss, perhaps you could gain even more disdain from your employees by gifting them with this USB gadget. On the other hand, if you are bored to death and falling asleep at your desk, this might help? Generally, once a person begins to fall asleep, their eye-blinking frequencies will start to slow down. Their eyeslids get heavier and their hold on consciousness starts to fade out slowly at a time. The Wink Glasses technology is based on the blink of your eyes, so the lens will start fogging once a person’s blinking slows down. This is supposed to keep a person awake and alert while computing for hours.