Philippe Starck designed La Cie Blade Runner Hard Drive unveiled

Storage no longer means your attic or your garage; it now means hard drives and USBs. We no longer think of space in terms of square feet but instead of gigabytes and terabytes. So why not bring fashion into the area of digital storage? Philippe Starck, the man who created the gun lamp, the Parrot Zimku speakers and the Miss Sissi Lamp was the perfect man to combine fashion with digital storage. LaCie teamed up with Starck to create a limited edition hard drive aptly titled the Blade Runner. Created using an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell, the piece makes a compelling statement when placed on a desk. Starck was hands-on through the entire manufacturing process, and his influence can be clearly seen in the LED power button shaped like his signature symbol. The hard drive’s design is not purely aesthetic but is instead also extremely practical, with its sturdy aluminum shell, and blade-like exterior prevents the interior from overheating.

The hard drive comes equipped with a high-speed USB 3.0 interface, cross-platform compatibility, 4TB of space, and 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure cloud storage. Does this hard drive seem to elicit questions of whether we can truly ever confine technology to a cage? Retailing for $299, this hard drive has been limited to a mere 9,999 pieces.


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