Wet USB Drive -- Among Worst Tech of 2008

Wrapping a thumb drive in beer seems like a bad idea


A thumb drive with sloshing liquid inside is undeniably eye-catching. That serves the goal of the folks at CNK Promotions, which sells the drive in bulk with a printed message or logo of your choice. But it seems like a bad idea for the technology. Assuming the memory chip itself is sealed and protected from whatever is splashing about, too many people shove USB drives into a pants pocket. How to explain the big wet spot on your hip?

These stars arrived with breakthrough technology:

Hybrid Electric Bikes
Geotagging Devices
Superthin OLED TV
Extra-Fast Cameras
Tag Reader for Kids

These duds included fumbles and foibles:
The Linkup Online Backup
"I Am Rich" iPhone App
Liquid USB Drive
Bulky Motorola Cellphone