There's an increasingly growing and
burgeoning trend for things that plug
the USB ports of a computer, that remain
sticking out of the port. Bluetooth
dongles, memory sticks,
wireless adaptors, cellular thingies.
all present an obvious hazard on a laptop
- they stick out,
and they are rigid, thus
presenting a very high risk of potential
Flexi-PCBs have long existed, and the
connection is only four lines, plus
shielding, so really there is no
for rigidity. A stick-format peripheral
could easily be designed such that it
out but upon a glancing impact, simply
bends or waves out of the way.
Two possibilities present - one, that it
maintains the sticking out posture, and
simply twangs back into position if
something hits it or bends it (probably
suited to the RF peripherals that require
radio antennae to work properly, the
cellular, bluetooth and wireless stuff).
other is that the peripheral could be
malleable to a certain extent so that the
user plugs it in and pushes it or folds it
one way or the other to tuck it out of the
way to some extent, and it more or less
stays that way.
All of this is possible using existing