Back in December I saw an intriguing product by Walletex. Albeit for a USB connector, it was a genuinely credit card sized storage product and could hold a chunky 2GB. Four months is a long time in technology however and PQI has just gone several levels better.
The U510 has incredible dimensions of 85 x 54 x 3mm and yet holds a phenomenal 16GB of storage. It has a fold away USB2.0 connector and can be stored in a wallet just like any standard credit card. It is Windows and Mac compatible and – as the image shows – will be available in a range of finishes from the more sedate metallic silver and iron gray to a World Cup inspired Soccer Ball.
Personally, I have no idea how PQI has managed to squeeze so much capacity into such a miniscule package but it makes my head spin. This is the kind of innovation that could knock smaller storage drives on the head and such compactness makes me wonder what lies in store for us in other areas such as multimedia players and mobile phones.
Naturally, the catch in all of this is likely to be price. PQI has declined to provide any cost details at this point and it hasn’t said when the U510 is expected to be available. It hardly matters though, for we now know devices like this are a reality and that should make us very happy bunnies indeed.