Printed USB's are about to get popular anytime soon once again. Why? The run up to Christmas see's these as being one of our biggest sellers here at Total Merchandise Ltd. Business realise that not only are these forms of promotional merchandise that they can aford to gift their clients, but they're a gift that will remain in the pockets of valuable clients, with their brand or logo on, for many months or years to come.
It's interesting to write this article every year because each year see's a major evolvement of the technology that drives USB's. For example, this time last year, technology was pushing printed USB's up to 32Gb of memory...this year we can produce 64Gb.
We've also got several new inovaitive designs over last years ranging from Printed USB's that can be worn on ones wrist, to one's that are made from real twigs to those more traditional flip drives but in a slightly different style to before.
Our USB supplier allowed us to visit their factory in China last year where we witnessed these great forms of promotional merchandise being made. We were surprised at just how 'un-automated' the process was. Instead of seeing row's of 'robots', we were surprised to see 'real people' putting the drives together. This really means each drive is an individual work of art!
Finally, for those of you reading this wondering what a USB can be used for, here are just a few ideas!:
Backing up PC's
Keeping holiday images
Transporting files between machines
Me? Would you believe me if I told you that I use a 32Gb drive to plug into my car's ECU (electronic 'brain') to download data relating to the performance of my vehicle (which has been heavily modified for track use). The USB acts as a data logger and every couple of weeks, I remove the drove from the ECU, plug it into my PC and download the data that has been logged including speeds, performance of the engine including any faults etc. A device that is smaller than my little finger can store up to 30,000 miles of logged data!
I wonder what developments we'll be talking about relating to USBs in September 2012!?