If shows like Planet Earth and Life have taught us anything, it’s that things will figure out ways to survive in incredibly threatening environments. For a floppy disk drive, that means hoisting itself up to avoid a desktop coffee spill.
This four-legged floppy drive, along with the dust-sneezing Gesundheit Radio, are the products of the Attenborough Design Group, itself the fictional creation of British designers ChambersJudd. They explain:
The Attenborough Design Group (ADG) is a fictional research group charged with investigating the use of behaviours found in nature to defend emerging technologies. I am proposing an alternative history in which the ADG developed a number of products exploring the needs of various new technologies as they emerged during the late 20th century. These products include the Gesundheit Radio, which sneezes periodically to expel potentially damaging dust, Floppy Legs – the portable floppy disk drive which stands up if it detects liquid nearby, and the AntiTouch Lamp, which sways away from you if you get too close to it’s sensitive halogen bulb.
And, considering it further, maybe it’s not so far fetched of an idea. What if our gadgets, pushed to the brink of near-fatal exhaustion, have been tricking predatory users into leaving them be, just like the Birds of Paradise from Planet Earth.