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Copy And Paste Made Better With MIMO

All images © Darek Fortas

We previously wrote an article on Spector, a pocket-sized colour and font detector, which is also one of Fiona O’Leary‘s designs. Read that article here.


We have come such a long way since the dawn of the digital age. Things like clicking a mouse on a computer, opening a folder and typing have become something akin to second nature to us. However, Fiona O’Leary, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, questioned the way we have been doing certain tasks, such as copy and paste.

“Collectively, we are well-versed in working with user interfaces. Despite this, we still put up with badly designed interfaces that have been inherited through the digital era and not updated. ‘Copy and Paste’ is a prime example of this,” said Fiona.

MIMO_PressShot02_©fionaoleary

According to her, we still copy over elements by accident because we cannot see what we have just copied. I never realised this at first but as soon as she mentioned it, it made perfect sense. How many times have we wanted to copy and paste an important text from a very important email, only to have found out that we accidentally copied and replaced the important text with a YouTube link to a viral cat video?

And why is it that we can’t copy more than one thing at once?

Cue MIMO, a little device with four sliders that shows you what’s being copied while allowing you to copy multiple things at once.

MIMO_PressShot04_©fionaoleary

Simply select a file, highlight a text, link or image and slide one of the colour-coded sliders upwards. Sliding the bar downwards will paste the corresponding file, text, link or image.

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MIMO connects to the computer wirelessly and transmits links, images and text via bluetooth, but for files and folders, it works best with a mini USB connector. It saves data into an integrated hard drive so that previous copies can be accessed and used from various computers.

mimo_copyingYou can connect with Fiona via Twitter @fionaoleary_ie or visit her website to see the rest of her incredible work. Don’t forget to read the article on Spector here.

All images © Darek Fortas

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