Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Flashbag?

Ignore the awful name, innovations in the user interface for physical devices don't come along that often. The Flashbag (via Gizmodo), is a USB flash drive which changes size in line with how much data it contains, and while it's just a concept right now, the designer does apparently have patent pending.

CREDIT: Dima Komissarov
The Flashbag

This is a classic ubiquitous computing concept, far more so that the intelligent spoons I mentioned in a previous post. The computing power is hidden, and the user interface is obvious and tactile, and doesn't need intervention to understand and react to the changing state of the device...