Last May saw the release of the Cryptex flash drive from Steampunk Junkies. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Russian designer Stanislav Tatarinov, from Siberia, has managed to give the flash drive a steampunk update.
The original Cryptex was a canister that allowed secretive documents to be transported safely from one destination to the other without the problem of Ian McKellan getting hold of them. It comprised of a combination lock that used rotating rings to spell out a sequence of numbers of a word, such as Apple.
The Cryptex flash drive hides a USB stick within the canister so that only people who know the 5-digit combination code can open it to extract the secretive information within.
Steampunk Junkies also offer a laser engraving and silk screen printing option to personalise your Cryptex, which would be a nice touch for companies looking to invest in some.
Cryptex is offering the option of an analogue security system for your digital media which is actually quite logical as well as looking cool. Hang it from your leather vambrace or utility belt and transport some saucy lithographs around your favourite event. Safe in the knowledge that no-one will have a clue what you’re doing.