SAN FRANCISCO--The Universal Serial Bus (USB) emerged as an industry standard in the mid-1990s, to standardize the connection of computer peripherals to the PC, performing a plethora of functions from serving as a storage device, to a power supply and a communication interface.
The port has since become ubiquitous on almost every consumer electronic device, from smartphones to PCs, TVs to game consoles, disk drives to tablets, cameras and much more besides.
Around two billion USB devices are sold every year according to the USB Implementers Forum, and with each subsequent generation of the standard improving transmission speeds significantly, the USB could even be called the most successful interface in the history of personal computing thus far.
Personal computing, however, as the name suggests, is an intensely personal thing, and thus USB too has adapted itself to appeal to consumer whims and preferences.
The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.