With an embedded silicon chip, intelliPaper turns an ordinary strip of paper into a working USB drive

intelliPaper reveals disposable, paper-based USB drives

By Jonathan Fincher
December 31, 2012

USB drives have become so prolific in recent years that they’ve become practically disposable. Now, one company has created a different type of flash drive that can literally be crumpled up and thrown in the garbage. With an embedded silicon chip, intelliPaper seamlessly turns an ordinary strip of paper into a fully functioning USB drive.

We’ve seen concepts for a USB stick made out of paper before, but the design team at intelliPaper has now patented technology that allows electronic components to be layered into a regular sheet of paper with USB contact points exposed. Once it’s ripped from the full sheet and folded in half, the paper can be inserted into any USB port to access the files it holds, just like a typical USB drive. Files can be added and removed like any other storage device, and the drive can be reused for as long as the paper and contacts remain intact.

Read more: intelliPaper reveals disposable, paper-based USB drives — gizmag.

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