All posts tagged: USB

Empty Memory USB Collection

I met designer Yoo-Kyung Shin last May at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, where she was displaying a stunning collection of 4GB USB memory sticks that double as jewelry and objets d’art. Shin founded the London–based design studio Logical Art with Hanhsi Chen after their graduation from the Royal College of Art. The pair’s Empty Memory collection features two designs, Structure and Transparency, that contain “a physical emptiness in its sculptural form” that you can fill with your own “memory.” Structure’s geometric form can only be made with the lost-wax casting method that is normally used for industrial components. Transparency expresses its emptiness another way — it is 50% clear acrylic. After a long search for the right production partner, the designers located a manufacturer in Taiwan that is now producing pieces for the studio. Each piece is cast in high-quality, 316 stainless steel, then hand-polished by craftsmen, and finished in various colors. The Structure version an extra benefit — you can thread a chain through it and wear it as a modern pendant, or …

Nendo Computer Gadgets for Elecom

Adding to their last group of computer gadgets for the Japanese brand Elecom, the Japanese design firm Nendo presents two new computer “mice” designs and another clever USB design. Data Hook, a new USB in the same family as the paper clip/USB Data Clip, is a small carabiner that extends into a thumb drive. Handy to clip onto bags or cables (or other Data Hooks), the stick comes in five colors. Although the Orime wireless mouse is constructed entirely of flat surfaces, Nendo claims that it fits comfortably in the hand (I have not tested it out). I think Orime looks like a regular mouse that has stepped into some kind of digital realm where it must battle for its right to survive. Joining Orime is Kasane, a deconstructed wireless mouse with side buttons and left- and right-hand click buttons that are stacked randomly,”like papers scattered on a desktop,” according to Nendo. With this new line, Nendo again pushes the boundary of what we should expect from these common desktop objects — and injects some personality into …

Computer Gadgets by Nendo

The Japanese design firm Nendo explains that their job is to give people “aha!” moments that reveal what is hidden in our everyday lives. For their new pieces for Elecom, the firm pushes the expectations of everyday computer accessories. The Rinkak mouse is a play on the concept of rinkak, a Japanese word referring to an object’s outline against its background. Like freehand sketches, the colorful cables become the rinkak of the mouse, while the mouse itself becomes the background. The Data Clip is a brilliant concept —  the USB stick is formed into the shape of a paperclip that can attach to a stack of documents, business cards, or other Data Clips. It’s a fantastic solution for when you need to file a USB along with a piece of paper. Finally, oppopet is a fun wireless mouse that comes with different animal tail-shaped wireless receivers. When the mouse is in use, the tail plugs into a computer; when you are done, the mouse (or whale or pig) becomes whole once again.