Oh, how I want to like this design. It’s elegant. It’s simple. It’s sort of pretty with the color coding…but I’m just not sure it works in the real world.
Here are the major difficulties as I see them:
- When used with more than a couple of devices, power becomes an issue (although there’s another cable that can be hooked in, apparently, to address that).
- It also sticks out and become a long torque arm after a couple of devices are attached, risking bending and obstruction (I’ve now wrecked two 3G cards this way).
- And then there’s the whole, “it requires the world to issue new device cords” part.It’s hard to see a device vendor wanting to pony up the additional cost required to make the change to let other devices play nicely with their device. Your hardwired mouse, graphic tablet, or camera, keyboard, bar code scanner, etc. all would need to fight for the end position, since none come with detachable cables. In those situations, implementing such a solution would require you to do it through external extension cables in order to get any benefit. At that rate, you may as well just pack a USB hub and call it a day…
…or maybe I’m wrong on this. What do you think?