on the subject of usb-c have you seen pcb-only usb ports? scribe the right sigils into your circuit board design program and choose the right thickness and you can just plug a cable straight into your pcb with no port hardware

i ❤️❤️❤️ hacks like this

pictured here in @deshipu's fluff m0 project

invented by juan jesús pinuaga

@pho4cexa @deshipu weird so is the outside edge of the usbc cable only ground and now needed?

@liaizon @deshipu iiuc the metal shell is usually grounded but that's for shielding from interference and structural stability. there's ground wire(s) inside for circuitry

"I didn't want a reliable connector for thousands of uses, i wanted just an occasional connector to hook up to my PC and program it, or take some data. So this type of connector is just fine for that purpose, no soldering, no extra cost, no uncommon cables, just a micro b cable and you are good to go."

@pho4cexa Another nice thing about it is that it's completely flat, so it's perfect for any business card projects, even if you only use it for power.

@pho4cexa absolutely love stuff like this (both the idea behind the project and the particular technique you've highlighted). this is what tech could be full of. creative, enabling, accessible, low-cost awesome shit.

@June same, i want to build a gallery showcasing each and every example i can find, it's so uplifting

@x44203 @pho4cexa It has springs on the sides of the plugs, that catch the arrow-like outside of the PCB, and the contacts themselves are springy as well.

@pho4cexa @deshipu
That's basically the same hack we already know from cheap USB drives and things like Yuki keys right?

I love the fact you can apparently implement it on any PCB thought, and that it also works for what looks to be USB-C!

@kingannoy @deshipu sure i've seen pcbs made to be inserted into a usb-a port, but that's a bit inconvenient for some applications. having the pcb act as the _receptacle_ for a usb cable with no additional hardware was 🤯 for me

@pho4cexa @deshipu putting that into a 3d case could end up with a pretty neat port.

it is slowly ingesting all of the ic out of that board

@pho4cexa, sadly it's not licensed properly. It has no licence at all, and the guy didn't respond to the issue.

@pho4cexa @deshipu definitely don't do shortcuts like this in actual products.. (unless it _really_ is for rare use or has to be super-flat)

@deshipu @pho4cexa when people who aren't techies buy it, it can become a short-sighted cost cutting measure?

It's a real product way before that.

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