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Title: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: robtillaart on Feb 02, 2013, 06:41 pm
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/usbmicrolight/usb-micro-light-cable-for-cameras-android-phones-a -

Briljant!
So useful also for other connectors WDITOT ;)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: draythomp on Feb 03, 2013, 07:38 am
It really is brilliant.  The problem is that now that the idea has been published on kickstarter, there will be a few hundred of them on the market produced by entrepreneurs in low labor cost areas for a dime or so (probably with subsidized free shipping)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 03, 2013, 07:56 am

It really is brilliant.  The problem is that now that the idea has been published on kickstarter, there will be a few hundred of them on the market produced by entrepreneurs in low labor cost areas for a dime or so (probably with subsidized free shipping)


There's still the initial cost to design this thing if you want to have it mass produced. The original designer will be one step ahead of the copy cats by having done the design and sourcing parts and manufacturers. Yeah, it sounds difficult to keep your brilliant ideas to yourself. I thought the idea was cool. My phone has light but I need to point it at the wall to have it light the phone's USB jack. Having an led on the cable is not bad.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 03, 2013, 07:59 am
But I want the light on the other end of the USB cable where it plugs into the back of my PC where it is really dark and light is needed, not on the end that is out where I can clearly see what I'm plugging into. Dumb cable light designers.  ;)

Lefty

Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: JimboZA on Feb 03, 2013, 08:02 am
From that link:

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At the end of the day we are all tired. You turn off the lights and go to bed. You realize you have to charge your phone, and you have two choices: you either fight for a minute or two trying to plug in the phone in the dark, or you get up and turn the lights on to do it. Annoying, isn't it?

This cable is the solution: it has a built-in light that powers up with the click of a button.


Anyone else see the flaw in this logic?

Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 03, 2013, 08:07 am

From that link:

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At the end of the day we are all tired. You turn off the lights and go to bed. You realize you have to charge your phone, and you have two choices: you either fight for a minute or two trying to plug in the phone in the dark, or you get up and turn the lights on to do it. Annoying, isn't it?

This cable is the solution: it has a built-in light that powers up with the click of a button.


Anyone else see the flaw in this logic?




They say Cool Papa Bell, from the old Negro baseball league, was so fast that when he turned off his bedroom light switch at night he was under the covers before it got dark.

Lefty
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: robtillaart on Feb 03, 2013, 09:36 am
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But I want the light on the other end of the USB cable where it plugs into the back of my PC

very true, but for a few $ you have a USB reading light that can be permanently in a USB slot on the back.


Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: rvasque on Feb 03, 2013, 02:28 pm
Oh come on....

You guys don't know how to feel your way and find the hole in the dark?
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 03, 2013, 03:41 pm

Oh come on....

You guys don't know how to feel your way and find the hole in the dark?


I can do it, but I'm a 'visual' kind of guy and better enjoy such tasks in lighted situations.  ;)

Lefty
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Papa G on Feb 03, 2013, 04:40 pm
The micro USB is the most difficult of all the USB connectors to connect properly. I hate it. This will not only throw a little light on the problem but will provide a method of knowing the orientation of the connector without having to study the end.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Constantin on Feb 05, 2013, 12:57 pm
Presumably the design of the lightning connector was driven by the above observations, ie as connectors get smaller it becomes more and more convenient for users to eliminate orientation issues. Obvious visual cues (such as the oblong shape of a IEC power connector) are not as obvious when things get tiny.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Papa G on Feb 05, 2013, 03:33 pm

Presumably the design of the lightning connector was driven by the above observations, ie as connectors get smaller it becomes more and more convenient for users to eliminate orientation issues. Obvious visual cues (such as the oblong shape of a IEC power connector) are not as obvious when things get tiny.


The lightning connector can be correctly mated in the light or dark, eyes wide open or shut, drunk or sober  :), and it seats with such a satisfying "chunk". It gets my vote for the perfect miniature charger connector. No LED necessary.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: cjdelphi on Feb 06, 2013, 04:52 pm
This is merely a usb cable with 30cents led and probably a 300ohm resistor, not exactly a new concept, besides i have issues finding the usb cable in the dark to begin with...
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Papa G on Feb 06, 2013, 05:06 pm

This is merely a usb cable with 30cents led and probably a 300ohm resistor, not exactly a new concept, besides i have issues finding the usb cable in the dark to begin with...

They could make the housing out of glow-in-the-dark plastic.  :)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: CrossRoads on Feb 06, 2013, 07:59 pm
Or get a keychain LED light and put it on your charging cable.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 06, 2013, 10:18 pm
"Computer, turn on room light."  ;)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: MichaelMeissner on Feb 06, 2013, 10:27 pm

"Computer, turn on room light."  ;)

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: CrossRoads on Feb 07, 2013, 01:03 am
"clap clap"
plug in cable
"clap clap"
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 07, 2013, 01:07 am
Yea, a trivial kind of dumb product. That of course means the inventor will become a millionaire next month once the iPhone rat pack discovers it as the next 'big thing' in the way of garnish for their baby.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Papa G on Feb 07, 2013, 01:12 am

Yea, a trivial kind of dumb product. That of course means the inventor will become a millionaire next month once the iPhone rat pack discovers it as the next 'big thing' in the way of garnish for their baby.


Except it won't fit any of the iPhones. The Lightning connector on the latest iDevices makes the problem moot for them anyway.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 07, 2013, 01:18 am


Yea, a trivial kind of dumb product. That of course means the inventor will become a millionaire next month once the iPhone rat pack discovers it as the next 'big thing' in the way of garnish for their baby.


Except it won't fit any of the iPhones. The Lightning connector on the latest iDevices makes the problem moot for them anyway.


Shows what I know about cell phones. I haven't even turned my on in two months, couldn't tell you the brand from memory but it's a T-mobile prepaid type. It lives in my jacket pocket and is for MY emergencies only, over 5 years it's cost me about $5 a month. I just turn it on mostly to check the battery level.



Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 07, 2013, 02:43 am
You live in a hole, lefty. The new iphones/androids come standard with impulsive shopping interface.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: cjdelphi on Feb 07, 2013, 04:36 am
Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy IIII (Yes Samsung Galaxy 4) set to hit the shelves in April :)

Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: Papa G on Feb 07, 2013, 05:02 am

Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy IIII (Yes Samsung Galaxy 4) set to hit the shelves in April :)




Yes, I heard it will come with a charging cord with a LED on both ends!  :)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: retrolefty on Feb 07, 2013, 06:36 am


Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy IIII (Yes Samsung Galaxy 4) set to hit the shelves in April :)




Yes, I heard it will come with a charging cord with a LED on both ends!  :)


Now that's real progress.

Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 07, 2013, 07:15 am

Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy IIII (Yes Samsung Galaxy 4) set to hit the shelves in April :)




Man! I hate you! I just bought the III and I also felt like an idiot after thinking you wrote a III. I didn't know I can't count twigs.
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: robtillaart on Feb 07, 2013, 07:40 am
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after thinking you wrote a III. I didn't know I can't count twigs.

The romans found that out to when they entered IIII, that's why they invented the V :)
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 07, 2013, 07:44 am
So maybe if you dissect a human you find two wiimote prototype cameras that only track 3 dots instead of 4 dots each?!

Hacked a VCR before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGx-3t8CJ-k
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: cjdelphi on Feb 07, 2013, 09:56 am

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after thinking you wrote a III. I didn't know I can't count twigs.

The romans found that out to when they entered IIII, that's why they invented the V :)



The V was invented for that precise reason, but at a push, i'm sure i could get away with IIII :P

but yes, it's VI or IV which deducts from which again?...

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s_iv_rumored_to_launch_on_march_15-news-5488.php
Title: Re: KIckstarter of the week - USB micro led cable!
Post by: liuzengqiang on Feb 07, 2013, 05:32 pm


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after thinking you wrote a III. I didn't know I can't count twigs.

The romans found that out to when they entered IIII, that's why they invented the V :)



The V was invented for that precise reason, but at a push, i'm sure i could get away with IIII :P

but yes, it's VI or IV which deducts from which again?...

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s_iv_rumored_to_launch_on_march_15-news-5488.php


Next time I get a CT scan, I'll ask the technologist whether I have a real wiimote camera (tracking 4 points) in the back of my head or just a prototype (I invented this to have only 3 point tracking capability).