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The Smartest USB Connector, Ever

Designer Ma Yi Xuan has reportedly designed a USB connector that can face up or down when plugged into a USB port. This seemingly eliminates one of the most annoying aspects about USB technology: having to figure out which side is up before plugging in a peripheral or thumb drive.

Called the Double USB, the new plug works by incorporating a second plastic plate containing the necessary contacts to make a digital connection. Given that both plates fill the entire metal tube, the plug incorporates a spring on each contact plate, allowing one to be pushed back into the plug base when connecting to a USB port. The plate then pops back into the steel tube when the cord is disconnected. Flip the connector over and the other plate is pushed back.

Overall this design ensures that there will always be a contact layer no matter which side is facing up. "The USB interface is becoming more necessary for us as a standard of data transmission," Xuan said. "The traditional structure of the USB needs us to identify its side before plugging in. Otherwise, it would lead to failure. The Double USB just helps us overcome this problem."

While the design is brilliant, we have to wonder why USB hasn't already incorporated some kind of dual-contact design as seen here. Typically USB cables have various marks to indicate which side is up-- usually with the "trident" symbol that some groups consider satanic. But honestly it would be easier to just plug and go.

Currently the Double USB isn't available to purchase (yet), so keep checking back with Yanko Design's store for updates.

  • LuckyDucky7
    Great, but does it work with USB 3.0?
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  • ivan_chess
    What they should really do is implement it into front panel connectors (motherboard IO panels won't have the space required). It will take to long to convert all devices to use this connector but still a really cool idea.
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  • choz
    Maybe I'm a pessimist but I don't really want a spring and moving parts in a connector that I plug in and out constantly. To me it just increases the likelyhood of accidental damage.
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  • nikorr
    Cool .....
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  • nukemaster
    ivan_chessWhat they should really do is implement it into front panel connectors (motherboard IO panels won't have the space required). It will take to long to convert all devices to use this connector but still a really cool idea.there is no conversion. Its just like having 2 usb plugs in one. When you plug in, the un-needed one just slides back out of the way. Its all automatic.
    http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/01/25/this-usb-plugs-in-both-ways/

    It is funny, this will make people more lazy then ever. This would have been nice right out the gate.
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  • nukemaster
    LuckyDucky7Great, but does it work with USB 3.0?it looks to lack the extra contacts needed for usb 3, so for now, it does not.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    wonder whats the reaon of implementing one sided connector in the first place
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  • dtemple
    this makes so much sense. not only does it do what it set out to do... but this looks like it would minimize corrosion too because of so little contact with air on the metal connection parts.
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  • zachary k
    ivan_chessWhat they should really do is implement it into front panel connectors (motherboard IO panels won't have the space required). It will take to long to convert all devices to use this connector but still a really cool idea.too bad the pack panel is where you need it most.
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  • belardo
    Sine this would add perhaps 2-3x to the cost for the connector, it may not get wide-spread use. But if a company put it out, sells it for $2-4 over a typical equal quality USB cable... perhaps it'll do well. I'd pay $1-3 extra for a quality cable like that. About $10~14... considering how cheap they are nowadays.
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