[clug] [OT] Random thought: Are there 'magsafe' style connectors for USB?

Scott Ferguson scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 17:57:22 MST 2011

On Wed, 9 Mar 2011 09:38:57 +1100 Alex Satrapa wrote:

> How often do you walk away from your desk and not take your phone with you? Would a USB connection to your smartphone be enough to carry your keys around with you, and not be forgotten?
> Where are you going to be using this thing that you'd want to make sure it came with you, but you would be coming back to use the proposed magnetic coupling again?
> Alex
I tend to leave my USB key plugged in - so attaching to my phone would
be inconvenient - but I do have it attached to my "other" keys, mainly
to stop me leaving them around the place, and because the clothing clip
that came with the USB key is an easy way to secure a big bunch of sharp
metal keys.

You could use a very low-tech chain of elastic bands. Attach the USB key
to a cheap "rape" alarm (matchbox size) - and attach yourself to it by
the rubber bands. Try and rapidly leave your USB key behind and you'll
get (if you engineer the weak link furtherest from you) a stinging
reminder - try and slowly leave and you'll get an ear splitting warning.

A magnet that you take into various workplaces, and then put in your
pocket.... wcpgw (fortunately for you zinc whiskers are diamagnetic)


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