When a company name drops Philippe Starck, tech writers pay attention. The designer behind Steve Jobs' super yacht, sleek headphones and upscale hotel interiors (among others) strikes again with a bold new hard drive for LaCie.
The Blade Runner is a limited-edition 3.0 portable hard drive inspired by the movie it's named after. Cue the ridiculous PR speak, courtesy LaCie's press release: "Inspired by the mysterious, incredible power of information technology, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. It begs the question; can we truly confine technology to a cage?"
Starck's own words make a little more sense:
"In my design nothing is useless — style, symbolism or functionality. In the Blade Runner, the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."
Never thought a hard drive can be dark and dangerous, right? Another Starck element of the portable hard drive is the plus symbol (his signature) that emblazons the front, glowing orange when there's activity.
With only 9,999 units produced (we got a chance to peak at No. 94, see gallery), the Starck drive is a sleek piece of aluminum with jagged edges (that, fun fact, also double as cord management), so get your $300 ready. No word on a shipping date yet though, so hold on tight.
Posted on location at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. All photos taken by Alice Truong for DVICE.