Disposable thumbdrives: will consumers ever bite?
Wouldn't it be nice if our thumbdrives could be made disposable like sheets of paper on a notepad so that users don't have to keep hunting for their tiny flash storage devices that always seems to have a knack for mysteriously disappearing ? Well, it appears that a design company known as Art Lebedev Studio has found a solution to the problem with its new concept known as Flashkus.
Gone are the days where going to a hardware shop to purchase a 4GB thumbdrive would cost the purchaser a limb or a second mortgage. Thanks to the rapidly falling prices of flash storage, the cost of the humble thumbdrive has dropped to the point where most PC users can easily afford to own a handful of such devices with storage capacities ranging from anywhere between 2GB to 32GB.
That being said, thumbdrives are anything but disposable. And while their prices have dropped to the point where one can easily afford to own more than one of it, it is still costly enough for the average Joe to not make a huge deal out of it when it eventually gets misplaced due to various reasons. And this appears to be the kind of problem Art Lebedev Studio intends to tackle with its new concept thumbdrives, the Flashkus.
Simply put, the Flashkus essentially consists of four cardboard thumbdrives that are designed to be discarded after use, much like how one would rip and dump used writing paper from a notepad after it has served its purpose. Users simply rip one thumbdrive off the bunch when the need for data storage or sharing arises, plug it into a PC's USB port and everything's dandy.
Needless to say, the Flashkus will be ideal for circumstances where data needs to be shared and transferred among multiple users without the use of wireless data transfer methods. However, it does not change the fact that the each 'disposable' thumbdrive still packs the full performance of a standard, non-disposable thumbdrive due to it having the same underlying hardware and cirtuitry hidden beneath the cardboard exterior. That being said, shouldn't it be only fair that a 'disposable' thumbdrive offer read-write cycles which are drastically lower than that of an actual thumbdrive in order to reduce wastage?
Source: Art Lebedev Studio