>> DEVICE CONNECTIVITY CABLES - WHEN CAN WE STANDARDIZE?
Anyone into portable devices; knows this pain - which USB cable should I use?
It is a common problem that only seems to be getting worse as more and more
devices, especially wearables, are being introduced into the market. At least
USB is used typically universally used - unfortunately we cannot say the
same around the end-point connectors to actually connect your computer or
power source to charge or synchronize the data contained on them.
Exactly how bad is this getting? Even sticking with the same hardware
company isn't safe.
recently announced it'll be launching a new 12-inch model that will drop
its inbuilt SD card, two full-size USB and thunderbolt port for a single USB
Type-C connector to compliment the wireless 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0
standards for complete wireless usage. Let's not forget the 30-pin, lightning
and headphone connectors they use for their existing portable products.
It gets worse; just take a look at the wearable market.
all use completely different connectors - not to mention the efforts of the
greater community to unravel the secret USB connectors for devices like the
Once upon a time; there was an
standardize a universal power adapter
for mobile devices - that seems to have stagnated after a great stream of
monthly meetings between 2010 and 2012. It probably is also hindered by
IP whores who try to
such ideas as well in a means to eventually gain financial gain or hinder
the development of technology.
It is time that consumers fought back and pushed for universal connectors
and non-platform specific tie in for hardware. Why should you have to own an
iPhone just to use an Apple Watch? Why should FitBit have full access to
my fitness information when I may consider that private?
Sometimes you just want to back to the day without a mobile phone and/or
technology unless you could be 100% certain you had control over your
own data and the companies making such technology were transparent and
open so you could use their products independently of them.