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More "smart" products coming your way. U3 LLC is readying its new USB drives, based on a "smart computing platform," allowing you to basically carry around your entire PC on a USB drive‚ÄĒindependent of any other storage device, and not tied to any specific computer. Vendors such as SanDisk and Verbatim are looking to supply the hardware, and software companies including AOL and Mozilla are planning to announce products that "run directly off the USB smart drives." The system software on the drive takes up 6MB of storage and loads 30 seconds after you plug it in. Yowza!

U3, partners add intelligence to USB drives [InfoWorld]