The Thousand Dollar Steampunk Memory Stick

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The Thousand Dollar Steampunk Memory Stick

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Punch cards? Totally passť. Handcrafted USB sticks that cost $1000? That's the way of the future!

At over $15 a gigabyte, the Pocket Memory 5 does not exactly represent great value for money, but when you take a look at the custom made 64Gb memory stick, it's hard not to feel a little tempted by it. The drive was created by Will Rockwell, a steampunk artist, and is built out of brass and copper, with a glowing jewel at the end.

In Rockwell's own words "This enormous drive is the culmination of months of research into the design and potential of Steampunk USB drives ... The drive comes in its own custom velvet lined box and features a unique "cooling system" of pipes and manifolds to ventilate the enormous memory. "

I'm not going to pretend that it's a steal at only a grand, but it sure is pretty.

Source: io9

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Do Want! But not for 1000 bucks =/

It doesn't even look all that good. I probably wouldn't even pay €100 for that.

It does look pretty cool, but unless it actually runs on steam, it's not worth a grand to me.

There's no way I'd pay that amount for that. I don't think it looks particularly cool to be honest...

I'd only buy it if I can finally tweak my computer to run on steam power.

Awesome! I've finally found a good USB stick for my laptop.

I'd pay $45 for that, at the very most. :\ Very cool though, considering it is made with metals rather than a cheap plastic cover over a flash drive.

I think it looks pretty sweet.

More things should be steampunk-ified.

Being made of brass and copper with some non-functional gears tacked on does NOT make this thing Steampunk.

It makes it a really expensive poseur.

Some people have zero business sense.

God, it's hideous.
Who'd buy that?

gmacarthur81:
Being made of brass and copper with some non-functional gears tacked on does NOT make this thing Steampunk.

It makes it a really expensive poseur.

This. Plus it's expensive beyond any logical belief. You could buy a 1TB external hard drive for less. Hell you could buy two 1TB external drives for less.

and yet a bunch of trendy celebutards would probably buy one.

Lilani:
I'd pay $45 for that, at the very most. :\ Very cool though, considering it is made with metals rather than a cheap plastic cover over a flash drive.

HAHAHA.

$45 dollars for 64gb?? Even if it was an ordinary memory stick it'd be much more than that!

gmacarthur81:
Being made of brass and copper with some non-functional gears tacked on does NOT make this thing Steampunk.

It makes it a really expensive poseur.

In total agreement.

For $1000 I'd expect it at least have moving parts.
As it stands it doesn't even LOOK like brass.
It looks like the entire thing is make of molded plastic, even the gears, which have been rather disgustingly BENT round the thing, because that just exudes the illusion that the gears serve a purpose...

That is great....But, well, I'd never buy one.

Yeah, gotta say I'm in agreement with the "It doesn't even look Steampunk" crowd. But the capacity is impressive. Haven't seen over 16Gig in a retail model yet, 32 in custom/spec-order. It's basically one jump ahead of the industry.

Now even if it were largely plastic, a "steampunk" looking USB drive with gears that move when plugged in, THAT would be something to see.

Why?

Seriously...just, why?

And WHO would buy this...?

It looks nice, but they need to make a whole set of them before I'll buy it.

AceDiamond:

gmacarthur81:
Being made of brass and copper with some non-functional gears tacked on does NOT make this thing Steampunk.

It makes it a really expensive poseur.

This. Plus it's expensive beyond any logical belief. You could buy a 1TB external hard drive for less. Hell you could buy two 1TB external drives for less.

and yet a bunch of trendy celebutards would probably buy one.

Actually you could buy about 8 TB drives with that.

That sure is a purty memory stick.

Khell_Sennet:
Yeah, gotta say I'm in agreement with the "It doesn't even look Steampunk" crowd. But the capacity is impressive. Haven't seen over 16Gig in a retail model yet, 32 in custom/spec-order. It's basically one jump ahead of the industry.

Now even if it were largely plastic, a "steampunk" looking USB drive with gears that move when plugged in, THAT would be something to see.

Yep.

Now if you plugged it in and it had little gears that started spinning, the light came on and maybe a little bit of that fake smoke stuff shot out of it like steam with a "pshhh" sound..... THEN it would be Steampunk and actually cool.

Furburt:
I'd only buy it if I can finally tweak my computer to run on steam power.

Exactly. Hell, I'd pay $1000 if the drive itself actually ran on steam. Or at least emitted steam. Or at least had gears that actually did something, even if it was just turn for no reason, like those USP dogs that wiggle around.

But I guess the idea here is that there are certain people out there who will pay ridiculous prices for reproduction fake monocles and top hats, so they'll probably pay $1000 for something LITERALLY NO ONE SHOULD WANT.

Seriously. Here is a link to newegg.com for an $90 1TB external USB hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136448

From his site:

I apologize in advance for the high price, this is my favorite drive now and I just don't want to give it up.

This is a signed, one of a kind work of art, I will not make another exactly like it.

It's priced so high literally because he doesn't want anyone to buy it. Kinda like when artists at galleries price that insignificant little canvas or photo for $3000. They'd rather keep it unless someone was willing to pay through the nose for it.

gmacarthur81:

Khell_Sennet:
Yeah, gotta say I'm in agreement with the "It doesn't even look Steampunk" crowd. But the capacity is impressive. Haven't seen over 16Gig in a retail model yet, 32 in custom/spec-order. It's basically one jump ahead of the industry.

Now even if it were largely plastic, a "steampunk" looking USB drive with gears that move when plugged in, THAT would be something to see.

Yep.

Now if you plugged it in and it had little gears that started spinning, the light came on and maybe a little bit of that fake smoke stuff shot out of it like steam with a "pshhh" sound..... THEN it would be Steampunk and actually cool.

yeah but still not worth $1000

Nimbus:
It doesn't even look all that good. I probably wouldn't even pay €100 for that.

same

Meh. Pretty. Not worth 1000 dollars though. Maybe 50 dollars.

>.> the phraze 'pants on head retarded' comes to mind, mostly due to the pricing. hand crafted or not,way to much

*grabs a bag full of sand*
*stretches fingers*
*music starts playing*
*grabs memory stick and runs for it*

CRUNKMUFFIN:
Do Want! But not for 1000 bucks =/

If he reduced it to $10 I would have went after it.

Lilani:
features a unique "cooling system" of pipes and manifolds to ventilate the enormous memory.

Flash memory needs cooling?

While you are at it, here's some all natural snake oil at just $500 a bottle.

That's a waste of money.

Unless, of course, the gears actually spin. Then it's a bargain!

What depresses me is that this shoddy piece of work has a larger storage capacity than my current laptop. *Sadface*

give him a tenner for it

lose the gem and i might be interested, and it would be cheaper, actually the gem really ruins it in allot of way.

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