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USBs, peripherals take center stage

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? flash drive? mobile memory?

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) emerged as an industry standard in the mid-1990s, to standardize the connection of computer peripherals to the PC, performing a plethora of functions from serving as a storage device, to a power supply and a communication interface.

The port has since become ubiquitous on almost every consumer electronic device, from smartphones to PCs, TVs to game consoles, disk drives to tablets, cameras and much more besides.

USB

The USB could even be called the most successful interface in the history of personal computing thus far.

Around two billion USB devices are sold every year according to the USB Implementers Forum, and with each subsequent generation of the standard improving transmission speeds significantly, the USB could even be called the most successful interface in the history of personal computing thus far.

Personal computing, however, as the name suggests, is an intensely personal thing, and thus USB too has adapted itself to appeal to consumer whims and preferences.

The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.

Cryptically secure USB
With USBs enabling larger and larger amounts of data portability, security is no small concern. Being able to carry around gigabytes of documents in one's pants pockets is almost akin to carrying around large suitcases of cash, with potentially catastrophic results should it be lost or stolen.

That's where Crypteks USB comes in, with what it purports to be the world's first lockable and encrypted USB device.

Crypteks USB

The Crypteks USB has been described as "the perfect stocking stuffer for the secretive and security-obsessed."

The firm launched the product on popular crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter.com, where it quickly achieved almost 750 percent of its initial funding goal in just two weeks and over $90,000 in pre-orders.

The device can be described as the Da Vinci code of USB sticks, and has already been described as "the perfect stocking stuffer for the secretive and security-obsessed."


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