Future. When you first run that word through the encyclopedia that is your mind, this image may pop up:
Or maybe it’s this one:
But for anyone interested in technology, the future is really something much, much smaller. The USB Type C is the emerging industry-standard connector, a connector which does what USB connectors do best: transfer power and data. This USB C, unlike previous iterations of the USB, is able to be connected no matter whether it’s oriented up or down. Although lightning connectors, (big shout-out to Apple), which also have this feature, have been in the game for years now, no USB connector has ever been able to do that. Gone are the days of struggling to plug in your phone charger in the dark, half asleep, before going to bed.
The most exciting feature to come along with the USB C is the implementation of Thunderbolt 3 technology. The Thunderbolt 3 protocol allows for data transfer as fast as 40Gbps bandwidth, reduced power consumption, and the ability to move as much as 100 watts of power. This means you can use these small connectors to supply power to and charge a whole laptop. In fact, new Macbooks have already implemented the ports.
Finally, the USB C brings something completely new to the table for data-power cables: it transmits video signals. Gone are the days of HMDI to USB to VGA adapter boxes. Instead, the new USB C will allow you to connect directly from a USB cable to a HDMI port.
So, be on the lookout for these bad boys. Your definition of the future may not be the same as the next guy’s, but one thing is for certain: The USB type C connector is revolutionizing the technology world.