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Quirky 'Split Stick' Is First Double Sided USB Drive

Gordon Kelly


Quirky 'Split Stick' Is First Double Sided USB Drive

It takes a lot for us to write about a new memory key - especially if it isn't breaking some ridiculous capacity barrier - but I think these little guys deserve it...

Made by the wonderfully (and aptly named) company Quirky, the 'Split Stick' is the first 'double-sided' USB drive we've ever seen.

The concept is so simply it joins the ranks of we-can't-believe-we-didn't-think-of-it-first territory: dual USB drives in a single form factor to help separate your content. Think office and personal, home and away (not the soap, please), his and hers, g rated and x rated, etc. A central button slides forward and back to expose the appropriate connector.

To spur on users' imagination an array of designs have been created while more subtle markings are also available simply to distinguish the ends. Even user customisable markings can be chosen on the company's site and they will be laser etched into the drive during the ordering process. Yes, we know you can organise your data with folders but it does add a certain attractive novelty value to the whole process.

Interestingly, the Split Stick comes from a larger community driven business model at Quirky where anyone can participate either by submitting their own product idea for $99 or by voting, rating and influencing other people's product ideas. If successful and manufactured then 30 cents of every dollar goes back to the creator.

As for the Split Stick, it goes on sale immediately for just $19.99 (£14) and while I'd have liked to see larger 2x 4GB and 2x 8GB versions I can see quite a few finding happy homes.


Split Stick Product Page


July 30, 2009, 5:14 am

"...g rated and x rated..."

Get your mind out of the gutter Gordon!

Can you imagine if you put the wrong end in a PC and your private information was seen? Bad idea. Don't see the point in this.


July 30, 2009, 5:55 am

@Ohmz - it's actually the company's own example. I just wanted to mention it ;)


July 30, 2009, 10:34 am

Finally! It was such a hassle to have "work" and "home" folders on one stick...


July 30, 2009, 1:59 pm

I'd think that were pretty good, if you could adjust the partition size.

As it is, I got the impression it was two physical drives in one case?


July 30, 2009, 7:40 pm

@Ryan - that's exactly what it is.

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