Ennova Direct Corporation (DBA ION Technologies) announced today of a new patent that they have obtained for a USB Flash Drive. This is no ordinary USB flash drive though, it has unique patented features including a new type of retractable USB connector with a built-in cover that protects the flash drive’s OLED screen. The OLED screen comprises an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner which changes color to indicate the success or failure of a match of the user’s stored fingerprint. The OLED screen is also an interactive interface that allows the user to select specific files and initiate specific functions.
“With USB flash drive memory capacities now reaching 64GB and higher, user’s are now utilizing their USB flash drives as full external backup drives, making it even more important for users to secure the large amounts of personal data they are storing on their USB flash drives,” according to Peter Garrett, Executive VP of Ennova Direct. “To that end, we incorporated a biometric fingerprint scanner function into the design of our new Patented Retractable USB flash drive, while keeping with the popular theme of our signature retractable USB connector. We paid special attention to the design of the retractable USB connector, adding an integrated cover that when closed protects the USB connector and OLED screen-biometric fingerprint scanner at the same time.”
Availability and Pricing
The company expects to launch the new patented retractable biometric USB flash drive under their ION Technologies brand in Q1, 2010. Pricing is still not yet known. We’ll attempt to get our hands on one of the early samples to review.