The USB Type-C Standard Cable Works When Shoved In Upside Down

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 13, 2014
References: usb.org & engadget
The reversible USB Type-C standard has become a reality thanks to the efforts of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. Few things are as annoying as awkwardly reaching behind your laptop or desktop computer to plug in a USB cable only to realize that you've got the cable the other way around you might have just damaged its pins. That's where this nifty invention comes in.

The USB Type-C standard is about the same size as the current micro-USB Type B connector. It uses matching rows of contact pins on the top and bottom so you can shove the cable in either way around.

This new connector isn't compatible with the current USB standard unless you have a converter. However, it will likely become the standard in future laptops and mobile devices thanks to its convenience.