This next-gen USB connector always lands on its feet

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 1:17pm
Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern

Everyone has struggled to plug a device into a USB port at one time or another. There’s a 50/50 chance of choosing the correct orientation, and we usually manage to pick the wrong one every time. It’s the electronic version of the “toast always lands butter-side down” or “a cat always lands on its feet” phenomena, and we just want to charge our iPods. The Type-C is the next-generation USB connector that’s going to blow previous technology out of the water.

Well, it’s pretty much just going to improve it slightly. Most notably, the Type-C is reversible, hopefully marking the end of the frustrating flipping game we play daily. Also, its scalable power capabilities allow it to charge a variety of devices, eliminating the need for a tangled mess of various cords in your drawer.

It’s slimmer than its predecessors too, but the improvements seem to end there. The connector is also incompatible with current USB technology, so it’s going to take some time after the Type-C’s mid-2014 release for this issue to be resolved. This will require either the creation of some sort of adaptor to fit older ports or a waiting period for the rest of technology to catch up and modify their future products.

So is the Type-C connector a revolution in technology or just another, strictly convenience-driven, unnecessary development? Consumers love their micro-sized technology. We live in the time of the mini, the air, feather light devices, and countless other buzzwords that simply mean “you can easily shove this into your pocket.” Updating the USB connector was just the next logical step in society’s quest for portability and convenience in its space-saving electronics.


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