Right then, we're going to play a game. Pick an object, any inanimate object. It's got to be cumbersome though. Now, think of that object as the decorative part of a flash drive. The bigger, heftier and, generally more unwieldy the thing (I'm thinking giant squid, meself) the more points you get.
Perhaps this is what the members of Beta Tank did for their recent show at Berlin's DMY Allstars. Fresh from their success of the
electric Mind Chair, which was on show at MoMA's Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition last year, the Berlin- and London-based design collective put together a bunch of strange USB objects.
The Memory Stücks project has added a flash drive to just about anything it can. And I mean anything — from tables, chairs and old hot irons to typewriters and rocks (I really hope that's a bit of the Berlin Wall). There's even information about the object — its provenance, what it did, etc, etc — all readable if you can get the USB into your laptop. There's a handy guide to USB port insertion after the jump. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's an elephant that needs rehousing at London zoo.