Saelig's Micro-USB is made for connecting micros or circuits to USB, offering baud rates up to 1Mbps. The 0.7 x 0.5-inch device only needs eight pads on the target board in a 0.1-inch grid. It connects to a standard PC using a regular USB cable, and royalty-free drivers for major operating systems are available. It only needs ground, RX and TX signals, and works from -40 to 85C. A USB-serial interface allows USB to RS-232 and USB to RS-422/RS-485 converters, ideal for making legacy RS232 upgrades, PDA and cell phone USB interface cables, bar code readers, POS terminals, and other applications.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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