The Miyoshi Firm simply launched a brand new USB 3.0 extension cable with an on/off swap (noticed by PC Watch), and I discover myself going, “Wow, nice thought. Why hasn’t anybody considered this earlier than?”

Effectively, it’s a nice thought, and because it seems, somebody did consider this, like, plenty of someones, years in the past. 

Not solely have these cables existed for ages, however you could find them for $12. Do I really feel somewhat silly? Completely! Does it change that having an off/on swap on a USB extension cable remains to be a good suggestion? Completely not.

So, what is the large deal about an on/off swap? Some USB gadgets like lights, Raspberry Pi initiatives, or storage gadgets do not have energy switches. You are left continuously disconnecting these gadgets if you need them turned off. Simply enthusiastic about the thumb drives I’ve ruined and DC ports I’ve ruined through the years is upsetting. 

These cables do each knowledge and energy, so when you’re involved about privateness, you may plug in a webcam and simply hit the swap everytime you’re executed. Most significantly, having these gadgets off is extra energy environment friendly when not in use. Say you’ve a smartphone and are fearful about degrading the battery by overcharging it. This can be a good resolution for that. 

In my protection, my {hardware} colleague Jacob Ridley was additionally shocked to study in regards to the existence of USB switches which made me barely much less embarrassed. We each really feel like males explaining how this complete ‘hearth factor’ will probably be an absolute game-changer in 2022. Higher late than by no means, I assume.