The Vacuum Tube Flash Drive Gives New Life to Old Pentode Tubes

 - Feb 19, 2013
References: etsy & technabob
Latvian artist and Etsy merchant Slava Tech is the man behind the vacuum tube flash drive. These faux low-tech flash drives are made out of old Pentode tubes in the steampunk style. While the outer shell of the vacuum tube flash drive is old time-y, the innards are all new (an 8 GB or 16 GB SanDisk flash drive is used). Each USB also features a colorful LED light.

The vacuum tube flash drive is a great example of upcycling. While it may be too much to re-purpose an entire TV, it isn't impossible to turn a few of its parts into functional pieces of tech/art. The vacuum tube flash drive sells for between $79 and $120.