Display Free Flash Drive Space with eInk

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eInk Pendrive
I’ve been following the [tag]CES[/tag] show with interest and jealousy and have set the resolution that this is the last time I’ll not be there. One of the exhibits on show was a [tag]Lexar[/tag] [tag]USB flash drive[/tag] with an eInk display to show how much disc space is currently free.

I think this is a really cool and useful use to eInk and am surprised nobody else thought of it using a more conventional display. The thing that makes eInk ideal for this use is the fact it doesn’t need constant power to keep the display, it just uses a small amount of power to change the display. As the amount of free space can only ever change when it’s plugged into a USB port it can draw the small amount of required power from there.

It’s pretty cool stuff and yet another reason why I’ll certainly be at CES next year

[the Inquirer found via paulstamatiou.com]

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Lexar JumpDrive Mercury 1GB Review » Coolest Gadgets Says: June 13, 2006 at 11:45 am

[…] We previewed the Lexark eInk Flash Drive when it was first seen at CES 2006, well our friends at EverythingUSB have got the actual device and done an interesting review. “It’s 7:25am, and you’re about to be late for work. The company board meeting is today, and everyone’s eager to see that video presentation you’ve worked on at home. Do you know where an empty flash drive is? Enter the JumpDrive Mercury from Lexar, a secure flash drive with a capacity meter on the side that gives you a rough estimate of how much storage is available.” […]

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