Memory Infinite, Like Linking Rubber Bands

Memory Infinite has a USB male connector at one end and a female connector at the other, providing an “add up” concept for USB finger discs. By connecting one Memory Infinite with another to, you can grow the space you need. The user can choose to combine or separate Memory Infinites to share files and if you build a chain long enough, you can wear it. When plugged into a computer, the daisy chain appears as one unified USB drive.

Designer: Vicky Wei

Memory Infinite by Vicky Wei

64 Comments

  • Rob says:

    Well..this seems to be a nice concept…until you think about what happens after you put a big file on a bunch chained together…and they get separated…and you don’t remember the order…what happens then?

  • Sara Ted says:

    The usb is cute. okay and thts is the best usb ive ever seen.

  • Simon Kristensen says:

    I don’t care if they register as one whole device or as many seperate (altho seperate is the easiest to implement) I just want it noooow!!! 😀 I especially look forward to seeing how they work out how to make it bend sideways. The one way, where it is flat, is not such a big deal, just look at the rubber keyboards and apply here, but the other way, where it is wide, is going to take some figuring out. Heck I would even like a couple of the prototype that doesn’t work as a storage device, just to make a bracelet so I could flaunt some geek fashion around. =) Hope to see this in stores soon.

  • Jim Ashworth says:

    It seems a perfect idea. What this really means is that you don’t have to spend ages searching through your pockets or breifcase etc to find the right pen drive, just plug them all in at once and search through it in its entirety. What this needs really is a program to split a file at the point at which it exceeds the current drive, and then move the remainder to the next drive along. Then, at the other end, have another copy of the program to piece it back together, by ‘glueing’ the code along the split. Even better, the program could be carried on one of the flash drives, so you plug in, and get the files through the program. If you lose a flash drive, it’s your own fault. In response to the query (-ies?) about the rigid memory chip, why not just have a flexible section moving the connectors, and a solid lump with the chip inside in the middle. It wouldn’t lose much of the flexibility, the form would still allow bendage, and it would still look pretty damn cool. A customisable one would be good… then you could number them, and know whether you had them all (admittedly counting would do the job), but you would also know which was missing, so you could rant and rage at that particular section, rather than the entire thing.

  • Jd Rob says:

    I think this is a perfect solution, especially if you consider it like the old daisy-chaining technique. Just let each segment be considered a separate drive. if you have too big of file for a single segment, oh well, too bad.

  • Leomarth says:

    I don’t see a market for this. If you stack three of them, and then use them separately, where is your data kept? Which one do you have to need to get your data? Also, I don’t want six flexible tubes coming off of my computer.

  • Krisjohn says:

    This would be great if you could plug a normal old USB stick into the back of one of these new ones to create a single larger drive. One of these in 256MB would go great with one of my old 128MB sticks for 384MB total. For some reason, a lot of files I need to move around are about 350MB in size…

  • Blahtastic says:

    Seeing as I’m gathering quite a collection of flash storage media I think this is the best idea ever. Also, as mentioned, bracelet possibilities are a great bonus.

  • Russ says:

    Brilliant rethink of a familiar item. A beautiful and elegant design.

  • reader says:

    hmm, what happens when you have two 256mb sticks, connect them, and put a 300mb file on. the drives are taken apart… and? what now?

    • Bright Spark says:

      Well, the file could be split into two seperate archives (common in P2P applications). Seems cool for ReadyBoost. Hotswappable RAM that takes up just one USB port…

      • Dave says:

        Just have one in all silver with U3 as the “master drive”, and let it zip/unzip/section/glue the files.

        and as for using these suckers with ReadyBoost, it would be a reason in and of itself to get vista. as much as i hate to say that, and as much as i hate vista, this would make ReadyBoost a killer app for people who need speed.

        now, to hack my pirated copy of XP to run ReadyBoost, or for apple to make their equivalent (at which point i’ll save up for a mac)….

        funny thing is just 2 days ago i was thinking how this idea could kick butt with iPod shuffles.

  • Badspyro says:

    with the 300mb file, it could be classed as perfect data protection – just 1/6th of the file would be on a seperate drive, stopping people from using it. kinda cool. I like the design, although there are possible power issues. Would also be cool if they could be made into jewlery attachments? whach straps? The other issue is how are the circuit boards going to be made that flexable, never mind the chips – it is possible, but expensive. This design definately has potential.

    • Shaun Stevens says:

      Who needs to do this. USB flash drives have come down dramatically or beyond dramatically in price. Usually the largest capacity drives ( now between 2 to 4 gigs) are the ones with the deepest price cuts with rebates.

      • Hardwired Osx says:

        Yes, price has dropped drammatically so did the needs. What if you want 2 x 8GB, or when they dropped in price again, 2x32GB, this thing is clever and give people the flexibility, plus it looks kewl!

  • Leonardo Merino says:

    It’s a great CONCEPT, a beatifull and intelligent DESIGN, now it’s time for the big enterprises to think how to actually implement this.

  • tso says:

    native raid0 or some similar solution for spanning the space?

    also, most compression programs can split the resulting archive file into multiples and stick them back together again. done so across both floppies and cd’s 😉

    now, can we get these in packs of 10 on the cheap? so that one can give away one or more like one could with floppies, and can with cd’s and dvd’s?

  • Jivemasta says:

    I wonder how it works. Does it show each drive seperatly, or do they combine to make one. Plus there has to be a limit to how many you use. USB only provides what, 5v of power out.

    • Tinyogre says:

      “I wonder how it works…” It doesn’t. It’s a concept from a “designer.” Not an engineer, not a programmer, not even a manufacturer of USB devices. It’s just an idea from someone wo perhaps has no technical expertise whatsoever. Sometimes that gets you an iPod. Sometimes it gets you flying cars. I have no disdain for the design profession. I apologize for putting it in quotes. Just pointing that while “I wonder how it works” is an excellent question, it is not a question anyone involved in the linked story has attempted to answer.

      • Opiniastrous says:

        “Sometimes that gets you an iPod. Sometimes it gets you flying cars” So… are you saying that designers will either get you something cool, or something just fucking awesome? Because you know, I wouldn’t pass on a flying car if you’ve got one…

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  • 姚宝毅 says:

    确实很可爱,又好玩

  • Bob Dobbs says:

    Each link would have to act a USB hub (so that subsequent links would work) so your system would see each additional unit as a new drive – with drive letters limited to 26 letters you won’t have that many links

  • GuruBashid says:

    I think this is a perfect solution, trendy, beauty and flexy. Congrate and try create more design

  • Siddhartha says:

    Damn neat. Apart from the usability, the product also scores highly on form and aesthetics. Whoa…when do we see this in market?

  • Richard says:

    Good afternoon. Is this already in production? i’m interested to try a few. thanks =)

  • max says:

    you know those super tiny flash drives? make THOSE stick together and increse memory.

  • Li Se says:

    where can I buy it? in Russia

  • david says:

    really nice.

    with usb it won’t work (except you make every single one a usb stick + integrated usb hub – not really a good idea if you think of power management and all the electronics you have to put in it).

    make it FIREWIRE and this thing will work smothly.

  • Willmes says:

    thats graet…and I want it NOW!!!
    Where to by???

  • Sungwoo Park says:

    it’s good idea
    simple design….so goood!

  • Alberto Robledo says:

    That of the memory infinite it´s…..big
    I never think in connect a USB whit other USB.

    Buth Where and how much for buy this tenchnology????

  • 300baud says:

    I love how designers can just come up with a stupid idea, whip up a prototype that doesn’t do anything except look pretty, and congratulate themselves on a job well done.

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