Holy data storage, Batman!

Religious iconography meets USB flash memory.

There's been a lot of buzz recently about USB flash drives as an art form--these days, it seems like the gadget and design sectors of the blogosphere are all about Mimoco's kind of cute, kind of creepy Mimobots , and now Notcot is showcasing what it jokingly refers to as "Saint USB." But you won't find them in stores (or churches). These high-tech devotional statues are part of "Oh Maria, Keep My Data Safe," a project by Spanish graphic designer Luis Eslava. He considers them a statement about our "adoration" of computers.

It doesn't appear that Eslava wants to turn his design pieces into mass merchandise, but I wouldn't be one bit surprised if some entrepreneur somewhere decided to capitalize on the concept of religious-themed USB drives. They'd probably have the same user base as the cross-shaped MP3 player .

(Photo: Luis Eslava)

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