Fingerprint recognition has long been used to protect sensitive data on USB drives - here’s another approach. This 8GB USB storage device uses voice recognition software to detect a password spoken by the user.

The Voicelok Voice Authenticating USB Drive claims to provide the world’s first voicecode security USB drive using software that can "accurately detect the specific frequencies and nuances" in its owner’s voice. We can’t vouch for how reliable this software is or whether your enterprising, voice-impersonating work colleagues will be able to get to your files.

The $US49.95 device is designed to work on a PC or a Mac and there is no software installation required to set the drive up. It also comes with alternative password entry methods, just in case you come down with a bad case of laryngitis.

Source: Voicelok via Hammacher Schlemmer