GIGS.2.GO isn’t entirely breaking any new ground by developing their paper-based disposable USB flash drives. In fact, we have seen quite a few of them at USB Tips. However, what has set this product apart for us is its execution and style. Sure, we are basically rehashing a recycled concept. But it’s a good concept all around that needed the proper marketing campaign and packaging to support it. Proving once again that sometimes it’s not about what you’re selling, but how you sell it.
The GIGS.2.GO paper flash drive contains four sticks, or tabs, made from recycled, molded paper pulp that can be torn directly from a credit-card thin sized pack. But how practical is this in the real world? Are they really as disposable as the makers claim it to be? Let’s find out.
- GIGS.2.GO USB flash drives would be made from recycled, molded paper pulp
- Four drives come in a credit card-sized pack
The GIGS.2.GO is physically appealing. They are very similar to some of the other paper USB concepts we’ve seen in the past, with the exception that these drives work as tear-off sticks instead, which can then be labeled or written on with pen or pencil, another vital feature delivered thanks to the material used in this case.
Immediately our first thought behind disposability is the underlying cheap technology that must be used for cost effectiveness. Already from the concept, the GIGS.2.GO is said to deliver only 1 GB of storage, a lot less than the other paper USB drives we’ve seen that have been said to support up to 16 GB. More recently we looked at intelliPaper’s paper-based USB drives. In development, the cards featured a more modest (and perhaps realistic, for a disposable stick) 8–32 MB of data.
Perhaps the clue to the larger storage size is that GIGS.2.GO may have been conceived for reuse rather than disposability. Despite being made from paper, the memory sticks look durable enough to be reused, and can therefore command a higher sale price.
This is predominantly what these paper USB companies should be looking at. Though recycled paper case may be supremely disposable, it still contains e-waste, and without much more sophisticated waste collection and sorting systems than we have, “disposable” electronics of any kind are arguably misguided.
There’s a good reason recyclable usb drives have not taken the world by storm as of late, and really, we should instead be looking for USB drives that are durable enough to wear out their write cycles instead of relying on simple disposability. But all else being equal, a USB stick made of recycled materials is clearly preferable in a sense, and so, if they can withstand the battering that well-used USB flash drives tend to take, it would be great to see this in development without the word disposable on the packaging.
The concept, as I’ve mentioned before, is still a good one. Let’s paint a quick picture. Wouldn’t you hate it if you need to save a file but forgot your personal USB drive? Sure cloud storage is a big thing at the moment, but what about real privacy? Some of you probably keep your personal flash drive on a key chain and that would be ideal, but it’s not a reality for most folks. This is why the GIGS.2.GO is so incredibly interesting to me.
Designed by Kurt Rampton and the BOLTgroup, the GIGS.2.GO is a credit card-sized set of USB drives whose casings are made from 100% post-consumer molded paper pulp, allowing the user to label each drive accordingly.
There are four USB drives attached and to use one, all the user would have to do is tear it off. We can only imagine how handy this will be when it comes to meetings or classes where you find yourself in the need to save files to take home. We’re not sure if you will be able to purchase GIGS.2.GO, but it is a pretty interesting concept to play around with and should fit in most wallets or purses.