New Word of the Day: dataSTICKIES

YD’s resident Design Strategist Hideshi Hamaguchi, who also happens to be the innovator of the USB Stick will be pleasantly surprised to see his vision take on such a productive form. dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB data drives.

dataSTICKIES can be carried like a stack of sticky-back notes; each of them can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the ODTS (Optical Data Transfer Surface), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, etc. The device uses a special conductive adhesive that sticks them to the ODTS and serves as the medium that transfers the data.


  • The 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 come in various colors and patterns that make data segregation according to type and size easier.
  • They can be stacked and used together for increased capacity, which also enables carrying them together.
  • 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 on any object.

dataSTICKIES is a 2013 Red Dot Award: Design Concept winner.

Designers: Aditi Singh & Parag Anand