LaCie’s Culbuto is a quirky USB key brought to life by French designer Constance Guisset, at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. When not connected to a computer, it bobs side to side as it’s poked. (In fact, the name Culbuto is French for a toy with a weighted base that keeps the object vertical even after it’s knocked down.)
The LaCie Culbuto has a spherical solid metal base topped with a silicone rubber stem that ends with a USB 3.0 connector. On its top, a cap that closes off the LaCie Culbuto features a slit to hold a photo or business card.
Design–conscious consumers will appreciate both the speed benefits of USB 3.0 and the key’s additional purpose as a whimsical picture holder when not in use. The LaCie Culbuto is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at US$49.99. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.