I remember the earliest model for usb pen drive, 128Mb, 256Mb,512Mb as the size of memory technology evolve, so as the capacity of USB memory drive expanded from 1 Gb, 2Gb, 4Gb, 8Gb, 16Gb, then 32Gb while the crave of USB memory drive continues to grow exponential trend, the prices on the other hand moving toward downward trend. With this it allows us to have easy access to the widest memory space available.
According to wikipedia "As of September 2011 drives of up to 256 gigabytes (GB) are available.Storage capacities as large as 2 terabytes are planned, with steady improvements in size and price per capacity expected. Some allow up to 100,000 write/erase cycles, depending on the exact type of memory chip used, and a 10 year shelf storage time." (wikipedia)
Here are some of the future of USB drive concept, I thought it would be fun to share it with you.
U Transfer Concept USB Memory Drive
The above concept is designed by Yiyan Chao, The concept USE drive features a unique appearance in order that you can easily connect a U Transfer USB Flash drive to another USB Drive, the idea behind this concept is to allow you to transfer data/file between 2 USB Drive without the need to use a computer as medium. The integrated LCD display will shows you the status of you data transfer.
If this concept does make it to the production line, this will surely redefine the meaning of data mobility or taking data transfer between 2 different USB drive to the next level.
This concept allows you to break your memory drive into smaller compartment, by storing your data into these different compartment, you can easily transfer your data by providing to correct USB Drive where the data are stored.
This concept brings data storage into the next level with the introduction of USB Drive compartment feature.
U Disk Daisy Chain Concept USB Drive
This concept is designed by Shiyu Xia, The concept behind this idea is Uniting U Disk (UUD). Each UUD can be daisy-chained to another one. Got ten 1GB UUD USBs? Link 'em up and now you got yourself a 10GB flash drive.
Xia's design also lets you designate each connected USB as its own individual folder. An indicator light shines red when its full and blue when it's not.
Kakrika 120GB Concept USB Drive
This 120GB USB Drive concept is design by Kakrika. concept that consist of a combination of a USB flash drive and data file management. This USB drive allows you to transfer data over a wired as well as over wireless network.
The innovative touch screen display enables you to view as well as manage you files easily. Kakrika features a 120GB memory with a transfer speed rate of 4.8Gbps. Similar to the U Transfer concept this also allows you to transfer you data virtually anyway without a computers presence.
USB Drive concept that glows according to your file type stored
The above concept by Conner Flyn, the idea is to allow you to view your file according t the colour type.
In this example, pink represent image files, blue means a document file, while the blue colours representing Movies. Though the design allows you to view your file without the need for a computer but to allow file to be transferred, but I believe transferring of data from 1 device to another you would still need a laptop.