USB thumb drives are already a rather durable form of data storage, but LaCie is taking it to the next level. LaCie is now showing off the XtremKey, which could be the world's toughest storage yet.
The key to the XtremeKey's toughness is its 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it is watertight up to 100 meters. The metal pipe also gives the entire package its physical rigidity, allowing trucks to drive over it without any problem. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to 5-meter drops, fierce heat and bitter cold (+200°C / -50°).
Curious to know what it's made of? XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium. Speedwise, it's got writing speeds up to 30 MB/s and reading up to 40 MB/s.
The LaCie XtremKey comes in capacities from 8GB to 64GB and will be available in August.