Will there ever be a standard for waterproof USB
April 28, 2014 9:01 PM Subscribe
More and more cell phones opting for waterproof construction (yay!), and each of them seem to be doing their own thing as far as waterproof connections. Is there any movement afoot to standardize these things as they become more widespread?
posted by Popular Ethics to Technology (5 answers total)
The charging connector on the new Sony Z2 is two copper contacts separated by a big magnet
. My wife's Garmin and Suunto watches use similar copper pads, but holds the connector with a big hairclip
. Here's a short article
outlining the growing frustration.
It seems to me that this would be a pretty simple problem to solve (without needing to get into inductive messiness): 4 copper pads with the same pinout as USB. The pads should be spaced X distance apart in a line, and then on either end their would be two more undercut holes for connector hooks to grab. Manufacturers could add magnets or clips to differentiate their product without sacrificing compatibility with the standard.
Anyway, I don't have the connections (heh) or the resources to lead the charge towards a new standard. Where would I even begin?