USB Drive That Blows!

February 22, 2007 by Static | 8 Comments
Filed Under Cool Gadgets, Storage

This has to be one of the coolest gadgets ever; if it ever will truly be brought into the real world. Despite the fact that deleting files off your USB drive isn’t the most tedious task, how does knowing approximately how much space your USB has left without having to connect to a computer sound to you? It sounds pretty good to me.

Flashbag USB

Still in the idea stage, a Russian designer known by the name as Dima Komissarov created the Flashbag USB drive that will expand via a micro pump inside the drive. So, the more space you use, the more the USB drive will swell up. When the drive is turned off, the drive itself will maintain its swollen shape (that is if you have a lot of content in it) so without having to plug the drive in, you’ll know approximately how much of the drive you’ve used.

Since it is only in the idea stage, I’m honestly not sure what would happen if you sat on the blown up USB drive. It obviously won’t look too good in your pocket either, if you have a lot of content in it. Maybe the drive could be used only if you ever really carry the drive in your backpack, but it doesn’t seem like it will be the most pleasant thing for your ordinary pockets…

[via popgadget]



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  1. Mark on February 22, 2007 22:24

    Maybe it would delete files if you squeezed it too.

  2. FeMaster on February 22, 2007 23:12

    Sounds pretty stupid to me. Stays blown up? The idea these days is SMALLER, SMALLER, SMALLER.. Why would you want to carry around a bloated flash drive? There are plenty of drives on the market that have LCD (or similar) displays that show you how much space in left (or in use) on it. No need to plug into your computer to read it. This idea is comical at best, and would only be useful as a novelty item.

  3. Eli on February 23, 2007 03:38

    That image is 3D, is this thing actually real?

  4. Andrew on February 28, 2007 00:23

    Eli, if you’d read is says:

    “Still in the idea stage, a Russian designer known by the name as Dima Komissarov created the Flashbag USB drive that will expand via a micro pump inside the drive.”

    as well as

    “Since it is only in the idea stage, I’m honestly not sure what would happen if you sat on the blown up USB drive.”

  5. Joe on March 19, 2007 04:21

    There’s already a thumbdrive on the market with a LCD bar graph that shows how much space is free on the drive, seems like a needlessly over-engineered gimmick

  6. HiptoniX on March 20, 2007 07:13

    Nice idea, but how strong would it be

  7. Frank on November 20, 2008 10:01

    I have an idea for a house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Sure, it breaks a few laws of physics and there is no way we could ever build it, but the market would be huge.

    However, the market for a flash drive that is bigger than normal is tiny. If it inflates even more when full, then the market is non existant. It is a cool thing, sort of like a hat with a fan in it to cool your head. Sounds funny, but you will not use it twice – at least not when you see the drawbacks of batteries, ugly looks and incessant whining.

    So why are you writing about this, but not about my house idea? They are about as realistic, neither product is likely to be ever produced because of the issues against it, and nobody cares…

  8. Geoserv on November 28, 2008 19:05

    I wouldn’t use it, but its still pretty innovative.

    Good to see people still trying to invent things.

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