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.

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.

FLX – a little slice of compact USB stick heaven

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What’s cute, squidgy and full of information? Trevor MacDonald, but if you’re looking for a more pocket-sized option, you can could always try one of these.

Meet FLX, which is obviously a very naughties, texting culture way of writing “flex”. We’ve no time for vowels in the modern world. Little FLX is neat way of getting the already compact USB stick

Vodafone launches smallest HSUPA USB stick for high-speed mobile Internet

vodafone_e172_usb_stick_mobile_internet_broadband.jpgVodafone UK has announced a deal with Huawei which sees its smallest HSUPA USB stick launched, giving customers high-speed mobile Internet access on their mobile PC, handheld device, or desktop PC.

The creatively named E172 gives a download rate of up to 7.2Mbps, which is certainly no slouch, and an upload rate of up to 2Mbps. Yes, I know — “up to” — but we live in hope.

Fully compatible with Windows Vista and XP, and Mac OS X, the device was apparently designed with the elegance of a sleek white piano in mind. Well, it takes all sorts.