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Matching Connector Features and Overmold Shape for Improved Usabiltiy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016632D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Users continue to have problems connecting cables quickly and easily. Connectors are often color coded and labeled with an icon, but these offer little help in low light environments (under desks when attaching devices to a computer, in darkened presentation room when using a projector, etc.). A significant source of confusion is that connectors are often asymmetrical, allowing only one correct orientation when connected, but the connector overmold (housing) that the user holds has no cues to help the user determine the connector's orientation. The asymmetry of the connector could be the shape of the connector itself or the arrangement of individual connector pins.