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Design House Takes 'Rock Solid Storage' to the Next Level

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  1. btarunr

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    A design house has redefined the meaning of "rock-solid" when it comes to durable flash drives. A creation by designer Shu-Chun Hsiao, a set of new flash drives are quite literally rock-solid. The flash-drive module is embedded into a cuboidal block of cement on which its capacity is engraved. It comes in capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB, and weighs in grams approximately the number of Gigabytes of data it holds (for example, the 64 GB model weighs around 64 g, and so on). Despite its capacity, size, shape and texture, it uses a USB 2.0 interface. But given that the design house emphasizes on form over function, we have no complaints. For now these cement drives are a design concept.

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    Aww, I thought they carved out real rocks. :(
     
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    I wonder how much stress these put on the USB port.
     
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    I was about to say the same thing. Its a load of shit if you ask me. These designers must be pretty bored to come up with this kind of thing.
     
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    Well, this is an 'interesting' design. Basically someone was bored and thought it would be cool to put a USB in concrete.

    They missed a trick though, they should have matched the weight in grams with the capacity in GB. They are almost there with that 128GB version.
     
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    About 50 grams per square cm, the USB port can withstand that.
     
  7. Bjorn_Of_Iceland

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    Durable eh.. except for that usb plug sticking out..
     
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    yah, would of been a better design if they embedded the port in the concrete and used a short standard usb extension cable to connect with... then this would certainly be rock solid
     
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    When you break the USB plug, you can still use it as an effective paperweight.
     
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    So it's not exactly 1GB = 1g, but it's close.

    And yeah, these might be better off bundled with a USB extension cord.
     
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    Concrete really isn't the most durable thing you could pick. I'd pretty much prefer chrome-vanadium casing, regular stainless steel or even carbon fibre. If you really want "rock", granite is the rock to be used.
     
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    Concrete is pretty bad when it comes to tension, so one particularly hard yank from the USB port and you will end up with 2 drives.
     
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    Most likely both not functional too.
     
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    2 drives? BARGIN

    these guys have the right idea :D




    also concreate is a terible mediam to use... it only takes lots of static pressure, the slightest amount of tention and its gone.
     
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    Perfect, these things are practically the size of a brick.... now I can kill someone with my flashdrive. That should be one of the selling points:

    "Have you ever been pissed off at someone but didn't have anything in plain site big enough to hurl at them that would cause significant damage? Have you thrown your flash drive at a colleague only to see them shrug off your tiny projectile with no harm done? Now, with our concrete, brick sized flash drive, a manslaughter charge is just a 'stones throw' away!"
     
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    gonna be a bitch to service is all I can say, companies always forget about support personnel when making decisions. lol
     
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    Gives an all new meaning to the term 'sledgehammer approach'.
     

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