"Everything Old Was Once New

and until explored unfamiliar and dangerous..."
(Sir Terry Pratchett)

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dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs.

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 solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), 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 dataSTICKIES 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 dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.

So attaching the ODTS to the front, with a USB cable to the rear of the device, where the port sometimes is, will enable me to use these dataSTICKIES instead of my USB-based data device? 

(via acephoenixwright)


A Chinese Farmer And His Idiosyncratic Robot Family

Mr. Wu Yulu is an ordinary Chinese farmer in his 50s, who was born in the suburbs of Beijing and has lived there all his life. About half the Chinese population holds the occupation of farmer, making it one of the most ordinary and humble positions in contemporary Chinese society. But despite his profession, Wu wasn’t born to be a loyal land owner—since childhood he has been fascinated with robots. When he turned 20, he dedicated himself to the study of mechanics in order to achieve his life-long goal of building his own robots.

Over the years, Wu has spent most of his time and money crafting these machines—once he nearly burnt down his house when an experiment went wrong. Scorned by his village and family for being an irresponsible farmer, Wu continued with his tinkering in spite of the his village’s myopic belief that a man who only attended primary school had no business messing about with robotics and mechanics. But none of that could stop Wu from experimenting. He made his first walking robot in 1986, and since then, many more robots have followed in its footsteps. 

(Source: thecreatorsproject.com)