USB flexibility for tight spaces
Tuesday October 21, 2003
Making effective use of a laptop in cramped situations can be challenging enough without trying to introduce periphery devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players, portable disk drives or card readers into the equation. The FlexUSB adaptor is designed to minimise this juggling act by means of a two-way hinge that allows for 90' movement across horizontal and vertical planes.
The hinges enable devices to be connected in any direction so that you can make the most of the available space on a plane or in a quiet coffee shop corner. The design also incorporates ratchet positions so that the adaptor can be stabilised in any position.
FlexUSB works on both Windows and Mac platforms and is compatible with all USB devices including hi-speed USB 2.0 connections.
The device is also useful back at the office if you are attempting to use two devices simultaneously, but find you can't plug them in to the USB ports on your laptop because they positioned too close together to accommodate the shape of the peripherals.
FlexUSB is available online through www.ideative.us and costs US$12.99 + shipping.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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