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Self-sealing Flashdrive/USB Cables

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As you know, I have a flashdrive. Unfortunately, I have lost the lid, exposing the connector to any harm that may befall it for eternity.

Would it not be easy to make little spring-loaded clippy thingies, much like an aligator clip minus teeth plus flat plates at the end - see link for a picture.

No more lost lids.

DesertFox, May 22 2006

A picture of what I'm trying to explain http://img465.image.../7365/usbpng1gx.png
Blah [DesertFox, May 22 2006]

US patent 6,890,188 http://patft1.uspto...90188&RS=PN/6890188
closest I could find... [xaviergisz, May 22 2006]

US patent 6,808,400 http://patft1.uspto...08400&RS=PN/6808400
...for [half] [xaviergisz, May 22 2006]

USB Swiss Army knife http://www.thinkgee...ts/electronic/6b3b/
Something like this would work [Galbinus_Caeli, May 22 2006]

Waterproof USB flashdrive http://www.sandisk....ult.aspx?CatID=1031
for lowbot [methinksnot, May 22 2006]


       actually I was unaware of your ownership of a flashdrive ;)   

       btw, nice rendering. what program do you use?
xaviergisz, May 22 2006

       Wings3D - took me about 5-10 minutes to make the model, then I used the built-in OpenGL rendering capability - I could use Bryce5 an make it really smooth.
DesertFox, May 22 2006

       From the drawing, it looks to me as if it would interfere hugely with anything and everything plugged in to adjacent sockets.   

       Some sort of thing where the plug retracts inside behind flaps might work. A rough example that comes to mind is the retractable Sharpie marking pens.
half, May 22 2006

       Like a sliding one? There are many ways to make a civer, that was just one of the mentioned ones.
DesertFox, May 22 2006

       The usb connector is just a board with four leads. Its not exactly sensitive electronics. All my drives have been missing their covers for ages and have gotten dropped and covered in filth. This is more a solution in need of a problem.   

       Now if it was waterproof...
lowbot, May 22 2006

       //Now if it was waterproof...//   

       See link.
methinksnot, May 22 2006


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