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The Swiss Army Knife Goes Digital

• David Zax TechnologyReview.com
 

I often think that the smartphone is the Swiss Army knife of the digital age -- my iPhone springs forth apps much in the way that that iconic red multi-tool springs forth scissors, nail files, and blades.

But where does that leave the Swiss Army Knife of the analog age? Must it sit in the sidelines, in obsolescence, a curio for Boy Scouts and other survivalists?

Not if Victorinox has anything to do with it. The company now produces a Swiss Army Knife for the 21st century -- namely, one that packs a USB stick along with its other, more traditional tools.

PC Mag sums up the different options in the so-called "Flash Collection": the Victorinox Slim just packs a drive; the Flash Alox Flight also has a knife, scissors, and nail file; the Flash LED adds on a (surprise!) LED flashlight; the Flash Laser has a laser pointer instead. If you want to get heavy duty, there's the Secure, which only allows you to access the drive by means of your fingerprint. A version called Presentation Master has a laser pointer and Bluetooth remote, for the PowerPoint junkies out there. That last, most tricked-out version runs about $300.

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