A flash USB drive that changes size depending on how much data is stored on it.
(image from the ever delightful infosthetics.com)
Link: usb flash bag (infosthetics.com)
I thought these things were supposed to be getting smaller Is it airfilled? Wouldn’t it be harder to remove if it was like trying to grasp a balloon, let alone trying to put it in your bag (or worse your pocket!). Further, when is it full? There is no visual cue when you have reached the limit. Interesting idea, but not that good combination of useful and beautiful design. Wouldn’t it be better to have a visual indicator on the surface of the device that showed it being filled up. It could slowly fill the whole surface of the device, having a definite empty and full point.
This thing has been haunting the blogosphere for nearly half a year now. Stop it!
I guess the interesting thing about this is not whether it’s real or not (which it’s not), but rather the design idea of devices changing size to represent their state.
The reason it keeps coming up is because it touches something so basic the way most of us understand the world as Gabriel alludes. The simplicity of the idea puts our primative and modern brains at odds. I think that as an image it even makes more sense. If the thing was actually in our hands we would not find it as beautiful. It reminds me of the old gas pumps that actually spun like an odometer and made a clicking noise as the tank filled. Today it is virtual money:) Balancing the tactile with the efficient is key to a rich and “human” life experience.
I hope it doesn’t explode after reaching its limits… lol