USB flash drives generally do one thing - store files. Even if they're shaped like a tiny camera or a cartoon character, there's usually not much to them. Some manufacturers have gotten creative, building USB sticks that incorporate flashlights, clocks, and even lighters. Here are six USB sticks that do more than just store your photos and documents.
The makers of the well-known Swiss Army knife also make a line of USB drives, some of which incorporate the company's familiar tools. The Swiss Army Victorinox Flash (from $44.99) includes a USB stick as part of its arsenal, as well as scissors, nail files and a blade. The Victorinox Slim Flash USB drive (from $39.99) lacks the blades, but is airplane-approved, and available in five colors (silver, blue, green, pink and orange) and capacities (4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB).
Price: starting at $39.99 at the Swiss Knife Shop.
Only 4 inches long, the Brass carabiner USB flash drive comes with a built-in flashlight and a metal hook, or carabiner, like those used in rock climbing. The USB key, which stores up to 1GB of data, comes in silver and can be customized with your company logo. However, this device is only available in bulk.
Price: $18.03 each for 1000 at IdeaStage.com
The CVSC-210 USB Flash Drive offers a different kind of light. This "cowboy style" all-metal lighter with fluid tank stores up to 8GB of files inside an antique bronze finish, with a longhorn skull embossed on it.
Price: starting at $35.99 at Chinavasion.
Find yourself losing USB sticks? No need to despair. The DataStick Credit Card is an ultra-slim 32GB USB flash drive that's shaped like a credit card - with a pop-out USB arm. Thanks to its form, it can easily fit into your wallet, jeans or shirt pocket.
Price: $126.99 at MacMall.com.
The hand-made natural cork Wine Stopper allows you to combine a good bottle of wine with a night of work. So while you are sipping on a Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, you can plug the stopper into your computer and access your files. And when you're done (both with work and the wine), you can return the stopper to the bottle. Storage capacities include 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB, and all of them have "Life in luxury" inscribed on the cork.
Price: starting at $54.00 at smediart.com.
Aroma USB sticks combine data storage with a fragrance dispenser. There are different styles and colors available, including the 4GB Scent Drive, which has a silver chromed mirror finished alloy case. And while it's plugged into your computer, you can enjoy the perfume it gives off. The Aroma USB comes in three fragrances: Calming (lavender), Clarity (lemongrass), and Energizing (orange). It can be custom-printed with your logo.
Price: $33.00 at scent-drive.com.