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New Project Launched: USB Lock

You’re at a bar, enjoying the DJ and suddenly the music stops. A couple of people are frantically fiddling with cables between the decks and their laptop – the USB cable has fallen out again.

It’s like an updated version of someone bumping the table and making a record skip. Just, it takes a lot longer to solve, is way more annoying, and more embarrassing for the DJ than the punter.

Most of the time, it’s good that cables can easily fall out of your laptop. It’s better something get disconnected for a little bit than the whole kit and kaboodle being flung and damaged. When performing live using a laptop as part of your setup is not one of those times – here the laptop USB ports become the weakest link in the chain.

What are we going to do about it?

We’re starting an open project here on Testbatch for anyone that wants to join. Register for the site here to get started. Then join this group, and have a look at the Project page to see where we’re up to.

We’ll work together to design a User Toolkit through which we can customise and model a part that fits our own USB cables and laptops. Then anyone who wants to can make the outcome with 3D printing or other rapid prototyping technologies (depending on how we design it).

The first step in the design process is to start gathering ideas. Post them in the group between now and 30 September 2017 to have them considered for the next phase.

You can also give your thoughts to this survey:

Your Email (required)

Have you ever regretted knocking a cable out of a laptop?

Do you think a USB lock could be useful?



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Ervu 1.1 – Ervu 1.2

  • Changed Point 0 to Point one for ease of understanding
  • Added visual aids to points and electrons to denote which object the parameter controls
  • Reduced length of text in the User Toolkit to fit more of the message into the screen
  • Created new and improved GIFs for each step in the process, with a focus on explaining the actions of individual parameters
  • Updated instructional text
  • Made it so the Step 1 points no longer showed when working on the Step 2 Surface
  • Simplified project listing
  • Change subject of emaidl recieved on model submission from Forma to Ervu
  • Add explanatory GIFs to the Ervu instructions
  • Made it possible to name your Outcome
  • Create a Making Method so people can elect to have their model offered as an Outcome on
  • Continue to improve the emails and information around this project