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#StickEmOn: DATASTICKIES - The Future of the USB Drive.

2014 was predicted to be the year when technology started to "shrink" rapidly.

Now, two Indian techies have designed what many are calling the future of the ubiquitous USB data stick: a flexible plastic strip that looks like a Post-It note and can be used much the same way. 

As an additional convenience, there's no need to plug the new USB strips into any ports: a special adhesive section on the strip allows users to merely place it on another device in order to transfer files.

The new 'Datastickies', as they are called, were created by designer Aditi Singh and professor Parag Anand of the Department of Industrial Design at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi.  The duo's creation has already won the prestigious Red Dot Design award for 2013.

The paper-thin "Datastickies" are stacked on top of each other much like Post-It's and storage space can be had up to 32 GB.

Singh said: "Datastickies are a design concept for graphene-based flash drives that may replace USB data drives in the future.

"USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely.

"When the slots are at the rear of a device, as is the case for many desktop computers, this task becomes even more troublesome.

"Datastickies are envisaged to solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes.'

The special adhesive used to stick the devices together, and onto electronic devices, is conductive.  The devices can also be stacked atop each other to increase capacity.

"Datastickies are not easily lost because they can be stuck down on any object", continued the designers.

"They also provide an opportunity to bridge the virtual world and the physical world. Digital data becomes easier to associate with, as it can be integrated with the physical objects it relates to.

"Graphene as a material is revolutionary and is touted as the next big thing that will change the way a number of things work, but it will still take maybe a couple of years to commercialise.

"We are also looking at developing auxiliary products and application for Datastickies keeping the basic idea of humanising technology and bridging its gap with the real world as our focus."

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