In Brief

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.

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