Cusby transforms lone Macbook USB-C port into an a-la-carte device hubView gallery - 3 images
The new USB-C connection is powerful, versatile, and poised to shape the future of many consumer electronic devices. But despite this promise, new Macbook owners accustomed to having separate ports for HDMI, USB, and/or video, may find a single USB-C port to be rather limiting. Cusby is a compact, modular and expandable adapter designed to make the transition to a USB-C future a bit easier.
If you're laying down good money for a cutting-edge laptop, the last thing you want is an ugly block of a docking station cramping your slim style. Cusby features universally-compatible compact adapters that connect in series, in any order, directly to a USB-C port. It doesn't matter if your laptop doesn't have HDMI or USB-A ports built in, as Cusby can provide those individually, as-needed.
In addition to the featured port, each of these modular adapters has male and female USB-C connectors on opposite sides, ensuring that there is always a free USB-C port available. Units click together like Legos. As of launch, Cusby will have three models to choose from: power, HDMI, and USB-A. However, there are plans to add Thunderbolt, Ethernet, and display adapters to the lineup in the near future. And since each unit is separate, users can buy, combine, and expand only what they need.
Cusby is compact and lightweight, with each unit measuring 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.47 in (39.8 x 39.8 x 11.9 mm) at 1.6 oz (45.3 g). Even a full set of adapters would be easy to pack along in bags or backpacks with minimal bulk.
Cusby is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, having raised 48 percent of its US$15,000 goal in seven days, with another 29 days left to go. Pledges start at $39, which includes a Cusby of your choice along with a USB-C extension cable. You can pick up the full pack for only $75, which plans to retail for $109. Backer rewards are expected to start sometime October, 2015, so long as things run to plan.
Check out the video below to see Cusby in action.