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10 awesome and unique USB flash drives

This is a collection of 10 awesome and unique USB flash drives!

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USB flash drive in a bottle

This is one of the most unique USB thumb drives I think I've ever seen. They're a bit pricy at ~$40, and you'll have to brush up on your Japanese to order one (which means you can probably expect to pay a fair amount in shipping), but it just might be worth it for this excellent work of art, titled "Blank," by Hum!

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Steampunk USB flash drive

This USB thumb drive made the rounds on a number of tech/gadget sites back in 2009, and it's easy to see why. Since then, a bevy of custom-made steampunk USB drives have been showing up on sites like Etsy. Be forewarned that most of these custom jobs aren't cheap, with many coming in at ~$100 for nowhere near the amount of space on the drive that you'd get going with a typical retail USB device. However, if you're looking to stand out amongst the crowd, most of these custom drives are one-offs, so that certainly helps to justify the cost.

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Hacked! USB flash drive

The illusion created here of a cut USB cable is quite awesome, but sadly, this product is no longer available by the company that was selling them. Fear not, though! For you DIY types, there are a number of guides on the Web that show you how to easily make one of your very own!

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Public file sharing via USB!

If you saw a USB connector sticking out of a brick wall randomly, would you be intrigued enough to attach a device to it to see what was on it? "Dead drops," a public file sharing project started by Aram Bartholl in 2010, is now 972 locations strong, with more being added almost daily! It's a fascinating premise, and one in which many are engaging in. Basically, you find the address of one these dead drops, then go share your files and partake of others'. Sadly, no one in my state has created a dead drop yet, but you may have better luck, should you be interested.

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Camera USB flash drive

For all of you photographers out there, here's a really cool camera USB thumb drive in which the lens contains the bits. It only holds 4GB of information, but at just $20, the novelty alone makes it totally worth it!

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Custom Folder Style USB flash drive

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Empty Memory USB flash drive

This is a slick-looking series of drives called "Empty Memory." They're only 4GB in size, and they're quite a bit pricy, but if you're in the market for something that looks unique, one of these just might be what you're looking for.

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Vulcan salute USB flash drive

For the inner Vulcan in you Star Wars fans out there, these scarely-available USB drives would make an excellent addition to your collection. If you're lucky, you might find one floating around on eBay... or, this site says they have a few of them available, signed by Leonard Nemoy (I'd seek to verify the authenticity before purchasing one, though).

P.S. If you about had an aneurysm because I said "Star Wars" instead of "Star Trek," then you might just be a likely candidate for one of these! It will be interesting to see how many people don't make it this far down in the description before deciding to give me a Vulcan nerve pinch in the comments...

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The Avengers USB flash drives

, I included the Captain American USB drive you see above. But for the hardcore collector, you can buy a set of 4 drives featuring 4 of the personalities from The Avengers. At $135, the price is quite a bit steep for the set, but if you're a fan of The Avengers and you're in need of 4 USB thumb drives, there you go.

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Credit-card-sized USB flash drive

Taking you back to 2007, when CNET first mentioned one of these, the PQI card USB drive is equally as worth mentioning now, as it was then. Fitting perfectly in your wallet, this is a great way to realistically tote around a USB drive with you for the moments when you might randomly need one.

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