Flashsticks – USB flash drives made out of sticks


USB sticks made out of wood aren’t anything new but I don’t remember seeing any looking so much like genuine pieces of tree as Flashsticks.

What you’re getting here is a 2GB bespoke USB memory device hewn from fallen Berkshire woodland trees and treated with beeswax. You can even chose the wood from which they’re made. Sounds nice, eh? Well, it looks nice too, if ever so slightly silly sticking out of your laptop. They cost £17.50 – postage and small sense of eco-smugness included.

Gemalto launches YuuWaa flash drive/cloud storage solution


B2B tech company Gemalto has launched their first consumer focused product today aimed at giving users a whole bunch or storage they never had before.

The YuuWaa – which stands for Your Unlimited Way Anytime Anywhere plus an extra U – is a cloud/flash drive storage system combo which offers a total of either 12GB, 22GB or 48GB of space depending on which package you go for.

The base system is the YuuWaa Go (pictured) which costs you £19.99. You get a 4GB stick which contains some plug and play software that takes you to their cloud online storage facility for your extra 8GB. You drag and drop files from your PC and from the flash drive, and back and forth in straight forward fashion. You can even store contacts on the web service, so you can drag files you want to send on from there too.

You get the cloud storage for free for the first half a year but then it works out as £1.79 per month after that – cheaper if you buy in bulk of course.

The next step up is the YuuWaa Plus which offers you an 8GB flash drive and 16GB online for £29.99 and £3.59 per month beyond. And the top end product, as yet unavailable, is the YuuWaa Pro with a 16GB stick and 32GB upstairs.

The system is, of course, password protected and you can access the cloud area without the flash drive which does make one wonder, “Why bother with the USB stick at all?”

Considering that, the service really isn’t offering anything new and, as far as I’m concerned, if you offered me 1,000,000TB more storage I’d fill it with some old rubbish and just be less selective about what data I keep. But, if I have to pay for the privilege, I’m going to start getting ruthless rather than fork out for the rental – even though it is perfectly cheap.

When I first heard of the YuuWaa, I was hoping the stick would have some sort of 3G connectivity for a unique cloud storage solution, but hopefully that is soon to come. Gemalto’s main business is in providing security chips for your bank cards, Oyster cards, SIM cards and just about anything else with one of those little golden honeycomb squares.

So, I’m hoping that the YuuWaa is just a first toe in the water for them. Surely they have to be thinking of an altogether more integrated solution in years to come – a flash drive/dongle/storage/payment/id/system? Imagine losing that gadget.


LaCie DataShare – memory card readers in the 5.5 style


The milk from LaCie’s design cash cow is still full and creamy with the release of the £9.90 DataShare flash memory device by 5.5 designers.


It’s a rather pretty, simple and elegant solution to the card reader problem and neat way to store your SDs and their micro cousins at the same time. They transfer at USB 2.0’s 480Mbps and probably last you somewhere in the region of 10,000 insertions. They’ll be available at the LaCie online store just as soon as they pull their fingers out.

USB key keys from LaCie


These are keys. Except they’re not keys; except they are. And yet not.

What I can tell you with 100% certainty is that they’re made by LaCie. Well, sort of. They’re manufactured by them but designed by the award winning 5.5 Designers. That’s close enough for me.

What you’re looking at is three products shaped like keys. Now, of course they’re not keys, they’re USB sticks…

2GB USB stick / post-it note dispenser


Just when you think you’ve seen every kind of USB memory stick in the world, another one comes along. This one dispenses post-it notes. Very handy, if you use post-it notes, which unfortunately I don’t.

It’s got two gigabytes of memory built in, with an unspecified number of post-it notes. Not sure how easy they’d be to ‘refill’ either, though I suppose you could just chop a normal pad into strips and stick the bottom one on with glue. Of course it suffers from the same problem as every other USB stick – if you knock it by accident, then you’ve got a very good chance of damaging the port or the stick.

Darumouse (via Akihabaranews)

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Leyio Personal Sharing Device – a pimped out, wireless, flash drive


The Leyio Personal Sharing Device, or PSD as they’re calling it, is an interesting proposition. At its heart, it’s just a 16GB flash drive, but it comes with added security and sharing functionality. It utilizes UWB (Ultra-wideband) radio technology, normally used in tracking and radar, to transfer data between itself and other Leyio PSDs.

UWB operates at low energy levels, so it’s less subject to interference, but it’s short range. It enables fast transfers though – Leyio claim a 3MB photo can be exchanged in 0.3 seconds. My A-level maths suggests that that’s a 10MB/s transfer rate. Not too shabby.