Instead of using plastic, intelliPaper creates the devices out of paper by embedding a small silicon chip.
Tech company intelliPaper creates USB drives out of regular paper, turning anything from a greeting card to a business card into a storage device. Users can then insert the small piece of paper into a computer to send or retrieve files.
intelliPaper bridges the gap between printed and electronic media with these inexpensive and disposable drives, by enabling them to store digital information like a standard plastic USB stick. DVICE reports that the company embeds a small silicon chip between layers of paper, then laminates them and prints conductive USB traces onto the paper that connect to the chip.
intelliPaper is offering three customizable applications of this paper USB technology on Indiegogo, which include a reader/programmer and software: disposable USB drive starter kit ($30), blank USB paper kit ($40), and greeting card kit ($50). Watch the video below to see how the paper USB really works: