I had to buy some USB keys recently to store login credentials. Without the files on the key, you wouldn’t be able to log in to the system, period. I dreaded the issues that were sure to arise when people left their USB keys at home, in their car, etc.
Then I found PQI’s Intelligent Stick online. They’re what might happen if a secure digital card and a USB stick had a baby.
The thing is only about the thickness of one penny and the length of two pennies side-by-side. There’s no metal shield around the USB contacts on the business end, further reducing the size. You just wedge it into a USB slot.
It comes with a holder that fits in your wallet, and it’s no thicker than three or four credit cards. No forgotten USB sticks.
It looks like PQI is trying to market these as an alternative to the current flash memory formats used by cameras and MP3 players. So I can just pull the memory out of the camera, jam the business end into the USB port on my computer, and off I go? Sounds like a great idea to me.
The only downside I’ve found is that they appear to be pretty power-hungry (which may kill the whole camera/MP3 player idea). If I put it in the unpowered USB hub built into my keyboard (as I’ve always done without issue using my Kingston stick), Windows complains and it’s a no-go. Works fine in the port on the PC, though, and I’m sure it would be OK with a powered hub.