A cable car named 16GB

Active Media now ships a 16GB USB drive shaped like a San Francisco street car.

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I am a fan of practicality. The only reason I have the key fob that I've been carrying around for a while is because it also works as a beer bottle opener. But I am about to replace that with something I could use a lot more frequently, and which won't make me fat.

The CableCar USB drive is yet another design from Active Media. This time it's a miniature of a San Francisco cable car, measuring only 2 inches long by 1.2 inches wide by 0.8 inch deep. It's a rather accurate replica of the kind of vintage cable car you're likely to run into on many San Francisco streets. The drive comes in two color combinations: blue/red or green/red.

The body of the drive is made of hardened rubber, which protects its stored contents from damage. It also comes with a hook on which to set the detachable part when the drive is open or in use.

Other than that, the CableCar USB drive supports USB 2.0 and is compatible with both PCs and Macs. However, its USB connector is rather short in relation with its relatively thick body. This might make it hard to fit in every USB port. Nonetheless, as a bonus, it comes preloaded with about 30 photos of San Francisco's attractions.

The CableCar USB drive comes in capacities ranging from 1GB to 16GB and is available now. The 16GB version costs $37.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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