USB Plug Goes Both Ways

In spite of the clear USB mark on its right side, many a times we carelessly try to shove in the USB plug from the wrong side. As a result we manage to damage the head. With the Double U USB port, this will never happen because either ways it’s the right side!

Design: Ma Yi Xuan

163 Comments

  • Confucius says:

    Not bad. I get it wrong 50% of the time. (bit of a law of averages stab in the dark) Why didn’t they design it so it could be plugged in both Ways in the first place? Tisk Tisk, this is a good solution to a problem that shouldn’t be a problem.

  • houghi says:

    Great idea if the cost is low enough and durability is high enough. If it breaks after a year, it is useless.

  • houghi says:

    Great idea if the cost is low enough and durability is high enough. If it breaks after a year, it is useless.

  • moburkhardt says:

    that's a HUUUGEE Laptop in the fourth image!! look at how huge it is compared to the hand! :D:D

  • RadhikaYD says:

    LOL, yes it is!

  • anomdebus says:

    Even when user error is not in play, sometimes the engineers get it wrong. On my work desktop, the USB ports on the front are upside down from the usual orientation.

    • Logic says:

      Sometimes on a desktop case, behind the holes, the USB ports mount to the case in a way that the orientation isn't forced. It would then just be up to the person building the case to get it right. I dunno, if it really bothered you, you could take the bezel off and take a quick look. It may be easy to swap.

  • anomdebus says:

    Even when user error is not in play, sometimes the engineers get it wrong. On my work desktop, the USB ports on the front are upside down from the usual orientation.

    • Logic says:

      Sometimes on a desktop case, behind the holes, the USB ports mount to the case in a way that the orientation isn't forced. It would then just be up to the person building the case to get it right. I dunno, if it really bothered you, you could take the bezel off and take a quick look. It may be easy to swap.

  • Kreuzritter says:

    I´m not from Fujitsu Siemens, only a designer – but that i found yesterday: http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio

    (Sorry for that 🙁 )

  • Kreuzritter says:

    Im not from Fujitsu Siemens, only a designer – but that i found yesterday: http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio

    (Sorry for that 🙁 )

  • tweakie says:

    Very clever, in fact, brilliant idea.

  • tweakie says:

    Very clever, in fact, brilliant idea.

  • Fer says:

    I'd say that's a tiny hand compared to the USB plug

  • Wat says:

    “why make things simple when they can be complicated ?”

  • Wat says:

    “why make things simple when they can be complicated ?”

  • Very creative design,I like it.

  • Very creative design,I like it.

  • USB is *supposed* to always plug in so that you can see the USB symbol which you are also supposed to be able to feel. Yes, this is documented behavior.

  • Bowmanave says:

    The preamble that talks about how USB is increasingly important in our lives is hilarious: typical hyperbolic introduction to student projects that try and fail to justify the importance of the project.

    It is especially funny because it falls back on the "increasingly important" trope, when it is not only false but subsumed by a far better argument: USB is ubiquitous.

    • Jimmy C says:

      And your little argument with big words only serves to show that you shouldn't visit this site. It's only a concept, and no one has ever forced you to like it. Don't go on and on like that because you make it out like they are not important at all.

  • Bowmanave says:

    The preamble that talks about how USB is increasingly important in our lives is hilarious: typical hyperbolic introduction to student projects that try and fail to justify the importance of the project.

    It is especially funny because it falls back on the “increasingly important” trope, when it is not only false but subsumed by a far better argument: USB is ubiquitous.

    • Jimmy C says:

      And your little argument with big words only serves to show that you shouldn't visit this site. It's only a concept, and no one has ever forced you to like it. Don't go on and on like that because you make it out like they are not important at all.

  • Design Cynic says:

    So as the Fixed layer for contacts and the extension shell are moved in and out of the housing, the wires attached to them will be bent. This will fracture the wires over time. Or do the sliding layers make a sliding contact to a fixed central set of contacts to which the wires are attached?

  • nonchip says:

    great idea, i always plug in an usb key the wrong direction 3 to 5 times, because if it doesn’t slide in (some usb ports are a bit smaller, so you have to push harder) i think its wrong direction 😀

  • nonchip says:

    great idea, i always plug in an usb key the wrong direction 3 to 5 times, because if it doesn’t slide in (some usb ports are a bit smaller, so you have to push harder) i think its wrong direction 😀

  • ndog says:

    Great idea! Now give it to me as an adapter so I can put it on all those usbs I take in and out all the time.

  • ndog says:

    Great idea! Now give it to me as an adapter so I can put it on all those usbs I take in and out all the time.

  • MarkC says:

    The problem of misaligned USB plugs is so common, I even created a comic strip about it:
    http://www.peppertop.com/greys/2011/01/unbelievab

  • MarkC says:

    The problem of misaligned USB plugs is so common, I even created a comic strip about it:
    http://www.peppertop.com/greys/2011/01/unbelievab

  • Andreas says:

    Finaly! Ive been waiting for this a long time 🙂
    I might have bad luck but everytime im plugging in a USB device i accidently turns it upside down.
    Hope this will go to produktion!

    Im gonna mention this in my blogg.

  • Andreas says:

    Finaly! Ive been waiting for this a long time 🙂
    I might have bad luck but everytime im plugging in a USB device i accidently turns it upside down.
    Hope this will go to produktion!

    Im gonna mention this in my blogg.

  • techreview247 says:

    I like it

  • techreview247 says:

    I like it

  • anomdebus says:

    Sorry for the late reply. I was pretty sure it wasn’t the case, but only just remembered to check while at work. The ports are on a non-reversible daughter board, as are probably most mass-produced computers.

  • anomdebus says:

    Sorry for the late reply. I was pretty sure it wasn’t the case, but only just remembered to check while at work. The ports are on a non-reversible daughter board, as are probably most mass-produced computers.

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  • xsi says:

    <img src="http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5107/xsi-666.1c1/0_5779f_15325546_M&quot; border="0" alt="" width="249" height="137" />
    no spring. use the think meta/plastik (red on screen) for unpick used side – increase durability. (sorry for my bad engl)

  • xsi says:


    no spring. use the think meta/plastik (red on screen) for unpick used side – increase durability. (sorry for my bad engl)

  • xsi says:

    no spring. use the think meta/plastik (red on screen) for unpick used side – increase durability. (sorry for my bad engl)

  • Jimmy C says:

    This concept might be even more useful if it were built into the computer itself! Good job! Get it patented.

  • Jimmy C says:

    This concept might be even more useful if it were built into the computer itself! Good job! Get it patented.

  • WJM says:

    There is just one, pretty darn big, problem with this, I have been told/reading.

    It would allow the accidental/careless joining of 2 PC’s/laptops/tablets/whatever.
    And apparently, this creates the risk of blowing up one of them, as you combine 2x powered/master bus, not power+slave as usual, thereby also connecting their 5V power….

    I recently tried figuring out whether I could hook a tablet to a PC through the USB-bus, and did some research on the necessary cable/adapter….so I was glad I didn’t start hacking into one of the cables, to make it male/male.
    (my (too) simple reasoning was that I could use the PC to see/access the laptop-harddisk just as that, as another harddisk (but that won’t work without any networking functionality of course))
    (so back to the mutual shared extra harddisk)

  • erisraven says:

    I have a laptop with upside-down ports. Makes me nuts.

  • giotis says:

    does anybody know when that gadget will be available to buy it..???:

  • marsel says:

    I need it so much!
    Any idea if or when it will be available?! 🙂

  • excellent information ah been very helpful.

    thank you very much

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