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.

Princeton XiaoClef2 USB key – with fingerprint reader to make it annoying and awkward to use

XiaoClef2_Princeton-usb-fingerprint.jpgTwo technologies. One of them is amazingly useful and we can’t imagine how we survived so long without one. The other is a fingerprint reader.

Fingerprint readers are great fun for 30 seconds. You set it up. It recognises your fingerprint. You half-smile in amazement that a technology first mentioned on Tomorrow’s World back in 1982 has actually become commercially available…