One of the most exciting features of USB technology is the fact of its continued complexity and advancement. This is particularly visible when it comes to capacity concerns. When the USB drive was introduced in 2000, a future in which the device carried as much as 256 GB of space was almost unimaginable. Yet we have been inching towards these numbers all along and experts predict that we have by no means reached the upper limits of the drive’s design. Today’s USB drives are nearly endlessly flexible. Some allow as many as a million write or erasure cycles. Some have a ten-year shelf storage lifespan. There are USB drives and custom USB sticks for nearly every purpose.
An Electronic Conversation
The future of USB technology is bright, now that USB 2.0 has been introduced. As things stand, most devices have not even begun to tap the possibilities of USB 2.0. Still, we have USB devices that talk to game consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 as well as DVD players and even smart phones. More and more of these devices will be designed to interface with a wide variety of digital platforms—making them even more flexible.
Faster, Better, Stronger
When it comes to USB, the goals may seem relatively static. We’re always looking for devices that are physically smaller and more stable while simultaneously working in larger capacity and at faster speeds. Other innovations are always in the works as well though. For example, one company is looking to create a USB that protects the limited use of copyrighted materials for students. Others are creating USB drives that can function as memory cards to expand a computer’s memory capacity. Throughout the computer world, people and companies are committed to finding ways to use this tiny ubiquitous technology to its fullest.