The Future of Things (TFOT) - MultiSwitch - First USB Sharing Hub
The Future of Things (TFOT) - MultiSwitch - First USB Sharing Hub: "A new extension to USB that will enable sharing of various USB peripherals between computers is now available. The new MultiSwitch hub technology, developed by SMSC, allows the sharing of information and content from devices such as DVD players, cameras, printers, and scanners between laptops and desktops using a simple USB cable. Future hubs may also allow wireless sharing of peripherals."
Way cool. FireWire allowed for parallel access by multiple devices, but most devices didn't support a way to lock and unlock the device easily and seamlessly.