August 31 2015: The original Swiss Army Knife made in the 1880s, had multiple tools, including one to disassemble a musket and another to removes stones from a horse's shoe. Other times, other needs: The latest edition of the knife, updated for a Digital Age, includes a detachable USB Flash drive and a biometric finger print reader. The Swiss mantra of one tool, many roles, is seemingly embraced by many of today's digital productivity and entertainment tools. Here is a nice example:
Kingston's mainstream business is Flash storage -- but its Mobilelite Wireless Media Reader G2 combines at least three distinct roles: it works as a portable card reader, freeing up valuable space on your phone or tablet. To do this it has a USB port, with a cable to convert to micro USB; an SD memory card reader with an adapter for micro SD cards. A second role comes from its ethernet port which allows you to plug in a broadband connection and effectively turn the reader into a WiFi router cum range extender.
The third function comes from its 4640 mAh storage -- which lets you use it an emergency power bank.
If you install the MobileLite app ( Android and iOS), you can share photos, files, and movies with up to 3 users simultaneously, upload vacation photos from your SD card directly to Facebook and Twitter or to your email. For Rs 3199, this reader plus is a steal and a must-have travel companion for footloose digerati .