Small notebooks and tablet computers are wonderful things. You can easily stuff them into a backpack and use them for browsing your media, playing games, or even to work on the go. Unfortunately, trying to put all this computing power into a small form factor means that some accessories, like USB ports, are at a premium or neglected all together.
To solve this dilemma, Tindie seller Mux decided to do something about it with this tiny USB hub. As seen on the video below, this simple 1 port to 2 port hub measures only 12 x 10mm, small enough to fit on a single keyboard key, and can be embedded in what little space is left on a tablet. Or at least the Cube i7 Stylus tablet which he’s using; I’d have to guess even this little guy wouldn’t fit in an iPad!
Besides showing off the process of stuffing this guy into a tablet, another interesting tidbit in the video comes around 8:30, where he shows how these tiny hubs come from the manufacturer. These boards are so small, that he is able to print six of them on the 5cm x 5cm “panels” that his board house offers as a special, saving him significant manufacturing costs.