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Easy way to split up data

Because I'm currently on holiday and running low on ideas for my blog this week, I thought I would feature someone else's great idea of what portable storage should be.We're all creating a huge volume and array of data today, from photos of our holiday in Spain, to a home video of our petdog chasing its own tail, and work documents that need to be looked at over the weekend.
Written by Eileen Yu, Senior Contributing Editor on
Because I'm currently on holiday and running low on ideas for my blog this week, I thought I would feature someone else's great idea of what portable storage should be. We're all creating a huge volume and array of data today, from photos of our holiday in Spain, to a home video of our petdog chasing its own tail, and work documents that need to be looked at over the weekend. And then there're the photos we took while sunbathing in our birthday suit, and the videos we recorded in a drunkard stupor of ourselves puking into the toilet bowl. So there are content we would rather keep private and away from prying eyes, and there are content that we need to share with others either for work or social purposes. But it's difficult to do that when you've stored them all in a single portable storage device. Enter the Amoeba Modular USB Flash Drive.
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Amoeba Modular USB (source: Yanko Design)
South Korean designer from Samsung Art and Design Institute, Hyunsoo Song, drew up the concept for the USB stick that allows users to easily compartmentalize their content. The storage device comprises detachable parts, each with its own storage capacity and can be individually plugged into a USB port, and can be stacked together to form a single USB stick. So confidential data can be stored in one compartment which can then be physically detached from the main USB stick before it's loaned to a friend or colleague. It works like Lego tiles, really. It's a fantastically easy way to categorize our content and control access to data we want to share, from others we don't want to ever see daylight. Such a simple idea but so ingenious. Can a storage vendor please go build it already?
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