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A few weeks ago I got a Surface Pro along with some of the folks here at Building Clouds. The first thing we did was to install Server 2012 on them and run some Shared-Nothing Live Migrations. You can read about that here. But what I found after using the Surface Pro pretty regularly was that:
Part of the reason for this is that I am a little scatterbrained, the other part of the reason is that the stylus for the Surface Pro is designed to rest in the power port. As a few blogger have pointed out there are two problems using the power port as the stylus dock.
I was sitting in a training session watching someone with a Samsung ATIV Pro (Shawn, actually) as he deftly tucked his stylus away into his device. I was filled with envy.
I examined my Surface Pro and realized that it’s state of the art construction left no room for the stylus to be concealed in the case. What the Surface Pro and Surface RT do have though (that some of the fruity tablets of the world do not) is a USB port.
Hmmm. I Binged a few times to try and find a pen or stylus holder that was attached to a USB device.
Unable to buy a ready made holder, I set out to make one. I shuffled through my bag to see what sorts of USB sticks I had. I had big ones, ones that looked like credit cards, blinky ones, oh… and a little tiny one.
The tiny one is an elago Mobile Nano mircoSDHC car reader. It’s 17mm long (about ¾ of an inch) and when inserted the devices leaves a slim 5mm extending out of the device. Very tiny.
It occurred to me if I could attach a small amount of elastic material to the USB nub, I would be able to attach the stylus to the Pro via USB and have some extra storage in the process (and free up the power port). I put one together – it looks like this:
Want to make one yourself?
Here’s what you need:
Give some thought as to which direction you want the loop facing when you insert it in the device. All-purpose hot glue will work for this purpose (its surprisingly strong) but if you have stronger bonding hot glues, feel free to use them.
That’s it. Enjoy your new storage device/stylus holder!
PLEASE send this info to Surface design team!
good idea,you should appply patent
Too late on the patent. Apple saw it and has already submitted it. Be honored knowing that you were the seed of another idea they can claim as if they invented it when someone else already did....
Kill the non believer!
Nice work! That is a really nifty idea. If someone had a version in vapour-deposited aluminium they'd be able to sell a ton of them...
Great idea. I have a Samsung Slate 7 and the stylus that came with it fortunately has a little hole through which I can run shiny string (like the silver elastic that sometimes comes on chocolate boxes). That's been my trick to keep from loosing mine. Visibility is key.
the disadvantage of this is that having a USB port active does reduce battery life, even in 8. Also, I need the US port for Ethernet ;-) I'm going to hunt around for a dead DisplayPort cable & cut that down and attack Sugru to make a stylus holder ;-)
thanks saw your post via twitter and its a great idea. I made my own version tonight - http://sdrv.ms/16k8wKd
I think I'm going to keep my pen upside down so the tag sits between your fingers when you are writing. That way I'm taking the USB in and out instead of the pen in and out the elastic... figure that would last longer.
Used a kitchen blow torch to tidy up the elastic ends, who knew they were such handy things ;)