This Tiny Flash Drive Broadcasts Its Contents Over Wi-Fi

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Besides greater capacities, faster transfer speeds, and novel designs, there hasn't been much recent innovation with USB flash drives. Which is why the Paketta from King Jim is such a welcome break. With built-in Wi-Fi B, G, N hardware it can wirelessly broadcast its contents to PCs and mobile devices.

There are a few caveats, though. The wireless hardware needs power, and since there's no battery on board, the Packetta needs to be connected to a USB port to broadcast. It also requires a special piece of software for any devices that want to access it wirelessly. And for the time being it's limited to Windows 7 and iOS devices. But Windows 8 and OS X versions of the app should be available next year.

The other unfortunate feature is its price point. The relatively small 8GB version runs around £70, while the 16GB is about £105. Ouch. Apparently the moral of the story here is that if you want to save yourself £70+, learn to live with wires. [Packetta via Akihabara News]