Harddrive with a Trackpad FTW

So you’ve seen your fair share of harddrives, right? You’ve got the kind that sit inside your computer (lame!) then there’s the kind that you can carry with you and access on multiple computers (getting warmer), now there’s on that you can basically just connect to a monitor and use as a trackpad (whoa, what the?) That’s right, this utterly simple block hunk of technology is a trackpad that doubles as a harddrive that doubles as an all-access machine.

There’s an HDD version and an SSD version, the top is made with carbon fiber and the base is made of glass. The top is sensitive to touch, and the whole project is green as it can be. This is one of those projects where you really wish there were just a few more details that’d made it turn into a real live product. Inspiring!

Designer: André Duarte Silva

36 Comments

  • Nicolas says:

    It seems like an interesting idea, KUDOS for the effort, very nice and clean presentation.

    Stil there are some things to consider.

    – SSD is still very expensive, specially if thinking of this as a portable media collection.

    – 2.5″ HDD are cheaper but still expensive when thinking of high capacity options. Also this drives have a relatively low limit in their storage capacity.

    – 5.25″ HDD is ideal in terms of storage/price. This is why all NAS and Home Servers use these drives… But the size/weight is not appropriate for the proposed use.

    Also need to consider the trend to keep everything in the cloud and use streaming. Why would a user need to physically carry their files if they can have them on a cheap and secure location, and have access with virtualization?

    To keep this cheap and simple, the user would need to physically connect this device to a monitor/TV and it wouldn’t be so convenient… Unless you could use a smartphone to control the media playback. If it had wireless streaming it would be more expensive… But then again… Is it needed to physically carry the files?

    Cheers!

  • Nicolas says:

    It seems like an interesting idea, KUDOS for the effort, very nice and clean presentation.

    Stil there are some things to consider.

    – SSD is still very expensive, specially if thinking of this as a portable media collection.
    – 2.5″ HDD are cheaper but still expensive when thinking of high capacity options. Also this drives have a relatively low limit in their storage capacity.
    – 5.25″ HDD is ideal in terms of storage/price. This is why all NAS and Home Servers use these drives… But the size/weight is not appropriate for the proposed use.

    Also need to consider the trend to keep everything in the cloud and use streaming. Why would a user need to physically carry their files if they can have them on a cheap and secure location, and have access with virtualization?

    To keep this cheap and simple, the user would need to physically connect this device to a monitor/TV and it wouldn’t be so convenient… Unless you could use a smartphone to control the media playback. If it had wireless streaming it would be more expensive… But then again… Is it needed to physically carry the files?

    Cheers!

  • Van Deblade says:

    put in wireless streaming and i'm the first buyer.

  • Van Deblade says:

    put in wireless streaming and i'm the first buyer.

  • Nicolas says:

    You’re right 😉

  • How about the cable ? and heat of the HDD ? After ten minutes, you may burn your fingers :).

  • How about the cable ? and heat of the HDD ? After ten minutes, you may burn your fingers :).

  • andrew says:

    I'd also recommend adding a biometric finger-swipe device. I really miss the one I have on my laptop when I'm using my desktop.

  • andrew says:

    I'd also recommend adding a biometric finger-swipe device. I really miss the one I have on my laptop when I'm using my desktop.

  • guusdehoog says:

    "…and since it's made from carbon fiber you won't notice it in your bag."

    Sorry, but that's not how gravity works. The metals insight have some weight a well…

  • guusdehoog says:

    “…and since it's made from carbon fiber you won't notice it in your bag.”

    Sorry, but that's not how gravity works. The metals insight have some weight a well…

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