I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this idea sounds to me, but if you’re anything like me, I don’t need to. How many times have you run out of USB ports on your computer? How many USB hubs do you have taking up space on your desk and outlets on your power bars?
Again, if you’re anything like me, the answer is more than you should have, and more than is reasonable perhaps. Thankfully this could be a thing of the past. InfiniteUSB is showing a tiny little passthrough USB connector that always opens up a USB port when it occupies another, giving you effectively unlimited USB connectivity, or at least up to the ability of the USB bus to handle the devices.
There is a limit to how much power can be passed through devices this way, so InfiniteUSB handles that too. Each port has an external power adapter to supply the port and anything attached to it. This is both a plus and a negative of course – use enough of them and suddenly you have a lot more to worry about as far as available outlets go on your power bars, not less. But you shouldn’t have to plug them all in, I wouldn’t think.
The connectors are color-coded, which the designer claims makes collections of them more “vivid” and also assists users to categorize things, which I suppose never hurts.
I know this isn’t the only pass-through USB product out there, but what do you think, readers? Would you use these to ease the port shortage problem? Would the external power adapters put you off? Let us know in the comments.
(via Geeks Are Sexy)