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Mechanical Memory Cufflinks by back2root Mechanical Memory Cufflinks by back2root
This is another creation in my mechanical memory series.

I have followed on from the mechanical pendant with a new creation- Mechanical Memory Cufflinks.

In this particular design I have created two unique cufflinks, both of which feature an 8gb usb drive concealed inside. This not only removes the need to separately carry a usb key to the office, but also enables you to have one for work and one for personal use.

The item has been made from the ground up taking 10 hours to complete. I have used the highest quality 8GB flash memory in each cufflink, housed in a hand carved walnut chassis with around 30individual parts. It features a blue activity LED framed by a metal ring that shows through the lid of the key when working. On the back I have securely attached sterling silver cufflink findings.

All the watch parts have come from damaged or irreparable pocket watches that have been hand disassembled and then combined to create a true, miniature work of art.

If you like my work, why not follow me on FaceBook at this [link]

This item is now sold.

This item has recently been featured on Engadget's website [link]
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:iconmon4man:
mon4man Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
every*
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mon4man Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok wtf does ever super cool thing you make need to be made even cooler by putting USB flash drives in them seriously wtf...
like who would think of putting USB drives in awesome cuff links!
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Emoeba Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student General Artist
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Really beautiful. I found a 4GB flash drive in a parking lot today that has a horribly smashed case but is in perfect working order. I've been on a steampunk fling this week and I want to make a nice new steampunk case for it. I find your work very inspiring :)
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janezadi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! Oh my gosh...
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:icon123ery:
123ery Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Photographer
this is sooooo cute!!! how in the world did you come up with this?
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:iconmusett:
musett Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Freaking awesome! I love mechanical watches and also i'm a big fan of steam punk pieces, fantastic job! :+fav:
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PoulNyrup Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
This is simply marvellous. :)
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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GuillenDesign Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Very cool...
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AthinaNiki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
really nice composition!
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Shelagnoa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Wow. I love the detail you put into these things. Gorgeous.
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:iconjarredhamilton:
jarredhamilton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
wow! this is James Bond worthy! great idea and overall look!
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inart-nz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
you're such a genius, you look so young?! how did you learn to do this, i'd love to do custom mechanical bookbinding the way you do your USBs,
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Faddoush Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
These are really nice!
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lidia-art Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
2 in 1, great concept and very pretty design!
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lidia-art Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
2 in 1, great idea and wonderful design!
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smokingbluecarebear Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. Sir, they are building a monument to your awesomeness as we speak.
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catiescarlett Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Memory, cufflinks? With 8 gigs of memory? That's awesome! They look cool, and they're practical - great job!
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:iconthe-patchman:
The-Patchman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
I want!
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:iconfrohmaniac:
Frohmaniac Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
This is a perfect example of modern craftmanship!
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MaverikKnight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Not only is that really fun, it's also something a spy would use which makes it all the cooler :D Awesome!
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Soukyan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome, never seen alike :o
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darekt22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Great idea and realization!
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vucinka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
absolutely stunning :faint: one day I would like to be as skillfull as you are
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tursiart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Where did you find such tiny flash drives to work with? I don't think I've ever seen one that small. Awesome job.
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back2root Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The flash drives I use for both my cufflinks and pendants are Lexar Echo Ze. They are about as tiny as a USB drive can get :D
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sethbramwell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Quite impressive! I can actually see something like this being very James Bond as well as steampunk...
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steam-mouse Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
makes me want to switch to all french cuffs :P
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:icondagaard:
Dagaard Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
So fucking amazing...
I'm searching so long for good cufflinks. Now i just need more money.

Greets Stefan
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cin425 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I want these so bad.
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Tothamon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Very cool! If I wore shirts that neede cufflinks, I would get those!
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Corwyn-Talia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Given that these are cufflinks, they could well be exposed to the weather as many jackets stop about the same length. Are these water resistant in any fashion when the cap is placed?
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back2root Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahh this already crossed my mind when at the designing stage. All parts of the usb key are protected within it's wooden chassis.

Although I wouldn't suggest completely submerging them in water they are most definitely water resistant :nod:
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Corwyn-Talia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
That's good to know. Fobs and such that go around your neck or in a pocket or purse aren't likely to be exposed unless someone spills something down their shirt or something ruptures in the bag.

Going to wash your hands involves water that will go everywhere, even if in usually negligible amounts.
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Paul-Nasca Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
James Bond with steam punk style! Very nice!
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Brilliant! An the work is again exquisite. I wish I were rich.
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Drakon-the-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Define love for this here!
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ArtifexGroup Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is amazing!
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Persian-Yank Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
I want to buy these cuff links but there is only a few in the world. very impressive
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Ting19 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is quite amazing. Such detailed work! I love it!
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southpawSara Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
there was an episode of White Collar this year, where Agent Burke had some sort of tech device in one of his cuff links when he went under cover... I don't think it was storage, like these are, but along similar lines :)

cool stuff ^_^
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AyumiNazu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your craftmenship is amazing, also love the design and idea! :love:
Keep up the awesome work!!
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Baby-J-Blue-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't think of other words than, Oh Wow!
These are so creative and beautiful and functional! At first I didn't think they would be functional until I read your description. You are an amazing artist!
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Digital Artist
This is just incredible. James Bond could probably not have a better gadget to download data. Very cool concept and style!
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Sweet!
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dreaminpng Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so amazing! I'm just in awe!
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BI00hazard Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing job i think you just made the perfect spy weapon
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This seems to be a reoccurring comment :D

The perfect gift for a steampunk spy or bribe for a clockwork criminal
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally probably wouldn't use something like these, but the combination of style and practicality is really something. Particularly as most USB things just come with lanyards or keyrings. Neither is exactly the most convenient way of carrying them.
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back2root Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your honesty, I appreciate my work isn't for everyone. My main aim with this piece was to bring my style to a usb key that was more practical. Even though this is not something you would use it is great that the initial thought with this key is apparent to others.

I mean who wants to fumble about in their bag or pocket for a usb key when they could have it to hand all the time without it looking too obvious.
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