Even a Simple USB Hub Requires Meticulous Planning

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It's easy to not appreciate the engineering that goes into the most simple of devices, like this Art Lebedev Spectrus USB hub. A few ports, a few rainbow stickers—easy, right? Err...wrong.

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Illustration for article titled Even a Simple USB Hub Requires Meticulous Planning
Illustration for article titled Even a Simple USB Hub Requires Meticulous Planning
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Illustration for article titled Even a Simple USB Hub Requires Meticulous Planning
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Illustration for article titled Even a Simple USB Hub Requires Meticulous Planning

Granted, Art Lebedev was trying to design a USB hub with a somewhat high concept—to resemble a prism. And granted, Art Lebedev isn't known for making things simple.

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But still, that gallery of sketches and CGI makes my brain want to down a carton of Ben and Jerry's before curling up under a cold shower and weeping itself to sleep. [Art Lebedev via Craziest Gadgets]

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DISCUSSION

It's an Art Lebedev product, so I'm pretty sure you'll need to be in the high-fidelity first-class traveling set to afford this one.

(And I think I need a Learjet.)