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dataSTICKIES

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

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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.

The dataSTICKIES themselves are made of graphene. This ground-breaking new material is a flat mono-layer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice with a minimum thickness of one atom. A paper-thin sheet of graphene has the capacity to carry huge volumes of data, making it an ideal next-generation material for data portability.

The dataSTICKIES come in various colours and patterns that make data segregation according to type and size easier. They can be stacked and carried together for convenience, or carried with the physical objects they are associated with. 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 dataSTICKIES are not easily lost because they can be stuck down.

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. For instance, data related to a particular subject in a book can be stuck on the relevant page.

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