TITLE: Retro Storage
CATEGORY: Industrial Design, 3D Printing
DATE: 6 February, 2016
TOOLKITS: Solidworks, Makerbot Replicator 2
I participated in the Stupid Hackathon 3.0, a hackathon created by ITP alums Sam Lavigne and Amelia Bearskin-Winger. It's self-described as the STUPID SHIT NO ONE NEEDS & TERRIBLE IDEAS HACKATHON, where the goal is to make something valueless albeit functional.
I wanted to pay homage to a time when bytes were a precious commodity, so I modeled and 3D printed a 3" floppy disk and embedded a USB drive. To reduce the size of the 8GB USB drive, I created a file using the command line that left only 1.44mb of free space. I then altered the read/write permissions of the file and hid it so that it doesn't appear in the file explorer, leaving the user with only 1.44mb of usable storage space.