Hard drives join touch-screen bandwagon too

Iotek uses it as a combination lock.

Iotek

As if Apple and others aren't already turning everything into touch screens , now we have one popping up on one of the most unlikely of places: an external hard drive.

Perhaps indicated by a name that appears to be encrypted itself, Iotek's "ezSECU ez850" has a touch screen that serves as a digital combination lock with a secret code, according to OhGizmo. The Korean-made system, which supports only 2.5-inch SATA drives, is an alternative to fingerprint recognition and other security technologies used increasingly to protect external storage devices, even in the smallest forms . It's also yet another indication of the hard drive's attempt to get a little respect as something more than just a storage bin.

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