Tamatebako, The USB Flash That Drive Self-Destructs

Sure, your USB flash drive has a dancing monkey on it.  And I have to admit, that's glorious.  But can it self-destruct when you need to keep your information out of prying eyes?   The Fujitsu Tamatebako does just that, rendering the data it holds completely inaccessible after certain parameters are met.

First announced early last year, the modern-day Mission Impossible dossier sure took its time getting to market.  Finally, it's ready to serve spies who shop for gear in Japanese stores, working its data-erasing muscles to effectively secure your files.

The Tamatebako doesn't burn itself like the classic MI gadgets of old.  Instead, it merely erases the data completely either after a pre-set time frame (10 minutes to a week), if the users enters the wrong password or if its plugged into an unauthorized computer.  All of the above information can be programmed in the settings, so no need for even the least amount of technical ability.

To further protect your data, all files are encrypted via 256-bit AES protocol.  Each drive comes with 2GB of space (1.86GB are usable) and weighs 45 grams.  Just remember to use it strictly for that information you actually need to keep confidential.  The last thing you want is to throw your work in there and forget to reset the auto-erase timeframe.  Goodbye deadline.

Fujitsu is bringing the spy-worthy Tamatebako to Japanese store shelves sometime this month.  It will be available in five colors, with "open" pricing (we're not sure what that means either).  Finally, a place to put all those dirty pictures you feel guilty enough to delete after looking at them for ten minutes.

[Tamatebako(PDF) via Crunchgear]