Anyone who knows about the Flaming Lips, knows that the band is a bit… out there. They are well known for their theatrical stunts on and off the stage.

So it should not surprise anyone that their latest few EP’s have been a bit out there too. Not just in musical style, but in the actual packaging as well. The latest few releases from the Flaming Lips have been made available in the form of USB flash drives, embedded in gummy candy… in the shape of a skull and a fetus. You read correctly, to listen to their latest songs, fans need to purchase and eat their way into the music. I have to say, this has got to be the most unique use of promotional flash drives that I have ever seen. Using custom usb drives has definitely been gaining popularity in the music industry. With notable artists like the White Stripes, the Mars Volta, Lady Gaga, Ringo Starr and others releasing special editions of their albums on USB, it is likely that we will be seeing more and more unique releases like these. How long we will have to wait to be see an artist out-weird the Flaming Lips, is another matter entirely.


I came across this video earlier today, and since I work with USB Drives so often, it was quite interesting to see how they are actually produced. It’s crazy how complex a lot of every day objects are, making a flash drive is certainly not a DIY project. Yet with the technology and machinery available today, computer electronics can be produced in no time at all. Take a look for yourselves, this is almost certainly not something you have seen before.


I don’t know how many other people might find this useful, but as an avid camper and technology buff, I often find myself running out of juice on extended camping trips. Rather than run my car for an hour to get a 10% charge on my phone, I am considering this nifty USB device. Sure, at $280 its a bit steep for a USB charging pot, but you will surely be the envy of any boy scouts, hikers or Sasquatches that cross your path.


Check out the Pan Charger for yourself at TES-NewEnergy’s website.

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