At the Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on March 15, Douglas Dixon demonstrated dozens of small portable storage devices, media players, and multi-function devices. Mr. Dixon is a technology consultant with Manifest Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Recording Media Association‘s Mediaware Magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder & Computer Video Magazine, and a frequent contributor for many information technology publications.
Many of you have used or seen flash sticks, essentially removable hard disks with built in USB ports all on a chewing gum-sized stick. As Mr. Dixon demonstrated, these devices are becoming smaller and smaller, less and less expensive, and are now beginning to come with reloaded content in their Read-only memory (ROM). Newer models have LCD displays with capacity meters, offer security including fingerprint readers, and come in different colors and styles. Imation provides flash memory on a wristband. Swissbit has even added it as a component on a Swiss Army Knife!