Basically hoppers without the ability to pull items out of the world. Like hoppers, they would have a four-slot inventory and be able to push into an inventory depending on how they are placed.
Unlike hoppers, they do not pull. Not out of an inventory, and not out of the world. They cannot be locked with a redstone signal, making them useful for sending items through redstone machinery. They work together with hoppers in that you start the chain with a hopper and continue it with item transport tubes for any length that you do not need a hopper's specific capabilities.
Their purpose is to be able to run item lines with less lag because each hopper is a little bit of lag from it checking the world for items to grab.
Possible crafting recipe: (credit MacchuPicchu96)
An optional feature would be the ability to place these tubes to transport items upwards. This may be too OP or non-vanilla, however.
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