Lockable USB Port
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-28
This invention secures the USB key by using a simple key lock apparatus to insert a set of teeth into ubiquitous cutouts in male USB connectors. These teeth prohibit insertion and removal of USB keys when in the locked position. This invention could be applied to existing USB keys and stacked ports. One method of invention would involve modification of the standard USB connector such that a pair of openings would replace the EMC springs on the top of the connector (See callout 1 in figure 1. below). A standard key lock would cause a pair of teeth to rotate downward through these openings into the similar openings on each male end of the USB connector (see figure 2 below) effectively locking the male USB connector (USB cable end, USB key, USB jump drive, etc.) into the female USB connector.