dataSTICKIESTM: 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.
dataSTICKIESTM are envisaged to solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIESTM can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the proposed ODTS (Optical Data Transfer Surface), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIESTM to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIESTM are being read by the device, their edges light up.
dataSTICKIESTM are conceptualised to come in various colours and patterns that make data segregation according to type and size easier. They can be stacked and used together for increased capacity which also enables carrying them together. The top surface can be written on. If a file needs to be given to someone, a single sticky can be handed out rather than an entire pen drive. The dataSTICKIESTM are not easily lost because they can be stuck down on any object.
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.
From Data-Sticks to data-that-sticks: the “dataSTICKIESTM”!