The radical approach taken by Apple in equipping the new 12-inch MacBook with just a single port for both power and connectivity makes the machine extremely sleek, but somewhat problematic to use when you want to connect multiple devices. Two Kickstarter projects aim to solve that.
First, InfiniteUSB, which already provides stackable cables for standard USB ports, has launched a USB-C version called, unsurprisingly, InfiniteUSB-C. Each cable has a combined USB-C plug and socket at one end, enabling you to piggy-back as many as you need, and either a Lightning, Micro USB or USB socket on the other end …
The colorful cables piggyback neatly, giving you all the connectivity you’re likely to need while on the move.
The project, which started with a $10k goal, had already raised over $160k at the time of writing, with five days to go. There are rewards available from $16, but some have just a few left, so you’ll need to be quick!
If you want something more suited to office use, the HydraDock is a hub providing a total of 11 ports:
- 1 — 3.5mm stereo headphone port
- 1 — Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 — SDXC card slot
- 1 — Mini DisplayPort (up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, w/HDCP)
- 1 — HDMI (up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, w/HDCP)
- 4 — USB 3.0 ports
- 2 — USB-C ports (data only, no video)
At the time of writing, there were a handful of HydraDocks available at the super early bird price of $99, with plenty at the early bird level of $129. The project has only just launched, and is currently $2k towards its $35k goal.