CES 2014 CES wouldn’t be CES without thumbdrive nonsense and it doesn’t disappoint this year, with one device modelled after a rocking toy and another whose USB stick has no cap for you to lose.
The flash drive fussiness from French company LaCie comes in the form of Culbuto, named after a traditional French toy (a figurine with a weighted base in its rounded bottom which rocks around on its base when you push it).
LaCie burbles: “The LaCie Culbuto... has a spherical solid metal base topped with a silicone rubber stem that ends with a USB 3.0 connector. On its top, a cap that closes off the LaCie Culbuto features a slit to hold a photo or business card. Design-conscious consumers will appreciate both the speed benefits of USB 3.0 and the key’s additional purpose as a whimsical picture holder when not in use.
“Moulded from a cast, the LaCie Culbuto’s 'soft touch' rubber gives a pleasant feeling to the fingers...”
If you are into "repeated and infinite oscillation" with a pleasant feeling of soft touch rubber on your fingertips then this is the, um, thumb drive* of your dreams. Here it is plugged into a notebook computer:
Culbuto plugged into notebook. Is this on a single flat surface?
The drive's available in 16GB and 32GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and resellers starting at £44.99 for 16GB and £64.99 for 32GB.
But that's not all. There's also:
- Imation’s 2-in-1 Micro USB flash drive, which is designed for Android devices using either a USB or micro USB port and provides expanded storage capacity for the host devices. It has “a rugged swivel-and-slide capless design,” and 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity points. It costs $29.99 (MSRP) for a 16GB model and $64.99 for a 64GB one and should be available later this quarter in the United States. Who knows when Blighty gets one
Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive
SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive
- A web app that enables wireless access from PCs and Mac computers, and Windows 8 based tablets,
- Playing back of movies purchased on iTunes.
This flash drive gizmo costs $99.99 in the US from Amazon, B & H and SanDisk. It should be available in Europe in a few weeks. ®
* You can actually get USB vibrators, which use the USB port for recharging their battery.