Panasonic’s new ruggedized SD cards are neat and all, protecting your precious photos from water, weather, impacts and even super-strong magnets (like the one used by Wil E. Coyote to try to catch the Road Runner) and X-rays. But, like Steve Rogers throwing himself upon a grenade in the Captain America movie, it will also sacrifice itself in order to save your data.
The cards run from 8GB up to 64GB and can be had in versions with a write speed of 80MB/s or 45MB/s. But the special sauce is in the “Fuse” feature which prevents the “ignition of fever,” according to Google Translate. If the card is subjected to internal trauma in the form of wayward voltages or heat, it will fuse the card in order to prevent any data loss.
This is an unlikely situation, I guess, but then, this card is built for unlikely situations.
The cards will go on sale next month, whereupon you can pop them into your cheap compacts and use them to transfer photos to your iPad via the camera connection kit, safe in the knowledge that they will not only outlast all of your other gadgets, but probably you, too.