We have recently received a batch of flash drives in our Paignton store shaped like Lego bricks which seem to put a smile on the faces of anyone looking for a new drive. As such I decided to have a little look around online for the latest offerings in the increasingly weird world of the pen drive.
The most innovative drive of my search was the ‘Flashkus’ by Russian design studio Art. Lebedev. Based on the theory they are soon to become disposable items the studio have created “magazines” of pen drives on sheets of card that easily break off when you need to use them. All of the information is kept on a small chip located at the tip of the cartridge and the body of the cartridge can easily be labelled with any pen/pencil.
Pen drives made out of random/retro objects are nothing new. However this second product caught my eye as love the irony of a digital photographer using re-purposed canister of 35mm film to store and transfer his photos. Handmade with recycled (and nearly extinct) film canisters these lovely little oddities are available from the NewFocus store on Etsy.
Lastly we have a 2 in 1 pen drive and digital camera gadget. While these two have been combined previously I have never seen one that doesn’t look like a bulky unappealing pen drive. As these little beauties look and function like a tiny camera and come in a variety of fun colours they have a unique appeal to me and presumably 14 year old girls… However with a pricetag of over £35 and the fact the camera gives far from the greatest quality photo, you may be best sticking to the 2 in 1 camera and phone that is probably sat on your desk as you read this.
Please do let us know about any other noteworthy flash drives you have seen recently and maybe I’ll feature them next time.