Thumb drive with retractable USB connector

  • US 6,979,210 B2
  • Filed: 07/29/2004
  • Issued: 12/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A thumb drive comprising:

  • a housing enclosure;

    on-board memory within the housing enclosure for storing digital information;

    a male USB connector coupled to the on-board memory and constrained to translate from a position within the housing enclosure to a position outside the housing enclosure, the USB connector for connecting to a female USB port of a computer appliance; and

    a slide button coupled through an opening in the housing to the USB connector;

    wherein moving the slide button in one direction extends the connector from the housing to couple to a female connector, and moving the slide button in the opposite direction retracts the connector within the housing enclosure.

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