ioSafe plays mystery game pre-CES

ioSafe challenges readers in a blog post to guess what product it's going to announce at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

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What is this? Guess and win it, ioSafe says.
What is this? Guess and win it, ioSafe says. ioSafe

ioSafe, maker of disaster-proof storage devices such as the ioSafe SoloPro for general consumers, is looking to get people excited about what it's going to unveil at CES 2011.

The company put out a short blog post on its Web site today challenging people to guess, well, what it's going to show off at the world's biggest annual consumer electronic show. The reward for the lucky winner: a sample of the product itself.

Apart from a short clue that reads: "It weighs more than a Cadbury Cream Egg but less than an adult coon hound," the company also posted an ambiguous-looking image of the device, pictured above. To qualify to win, you just have to leave a comment at on the blog post by January 2. Some other restrictions apply, of course.

My guess is as good as yours, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be another superrugged storage product, possibly even bullet-proof, considering the blog teased the users by suggesting a "Napalm-proof NAS." Regardless of what it is, ioSafe will surely make an over-the-top demonstration at the show. Remember to check back for my coverage on that.

In the meantime, check out the slideshow of the company's demo last year, during which it put its Solo SSD external hard drive through a series of extreme tests including intense fire, a 15-foot drop, and a hosing down with water. Then it got crushed by a 35,000-pound excavator.

IoSafe's extreme 'demo-lition' (photos)

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