Transferring data onto your computer could soon be a simple as using a post-it note.
Scientists have invented data storage devices that look like the sticky labels, and transfer files simply by being stuck onto the front of a computer, or other device.
The tiny, paper-thin drives called Datastickies are stacked one on top of another, like real post-it notes, and are then peeled off as and when they're needed.
The user then sticks them to the front of their computer, TV, smartphone or tablet to transfer data via a special adhesive.
Datastickies are made from graphene - a super-strong, conductive material made of a single layer of carbon atoms - and will be sold in a range of different sizes up to 32GB.
The special adhesive used to stick the devices together, and to electronic devices, is conductive.
It is a 'special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive' capable of being reused without leaving marks like a stick note, explained the designers.
The technology is still being developed, but its hoped they will one day replace popular USB drives. Datastickies' design was the brainchild of designer Aditi Singh and university professor Parag Anand, both from New Delhi, India.
Singh said: 'Datastickies are a design concept for graphene-based flash drives that may replace USB data drives in the future.
'USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely.
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