Peripheral and accessory maker LaCie is looking to re-invent the USB thumb drive with its new MosKeyto, a tiny USB storage device that measures just over 0.75 of an inch long—not much more than a USB connector itself—and weird just 10 grams. The idea is that the MosKeyto is tiny and innocuous—and since it sits flush against many devices, can even be left in a USB port when packing up a notebook computer or other device.
Of course, in the ever-getting-misplaced world of USB thumb drives, the MosKeyto might be too little, too late for some users.
“While the MosKeyto has resemblance to a bug, with its small size and big bytes, this USB key is far from pesky,” said Lacie’s accessories product manager Alexis Kobassian, in a statement. “It provides high capacities in a low-profile connector, allowing you to insert it into your notebook and forget it. And with its low cost/gigabyte price, you can forget about that, too.”
The MosKeyto comes with a nylon stray to latch onto a keyring, which also keeps track of a plastic cap that protects the USB connector. The MosKeyto supports USB 2.0 connections, and will be available in 4, 8, and 16 GB capacities starting in mid-September; the 4 GB version is priced at just $17.99, while the 8 GB version will go for $27.99. The MosKeytos also come with 4 GB of online storage from Wuala—of course, Wuala also offers 1 GB of online storage for free.