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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Design 1900 to Now, Room 76

USB Condom

Peripherals
2014 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

USB Condom device, clear device which allows you to see the inner workings of the device with silver USB connectors on each end.


object details
Object Type
Brief Description
USB Condom device by Xipiter, USA, 2014
Physical Description
USB Condom device, clear device which allows you to see the inner workings of the device with silver USB connectors on each end.
Dimensions
  • Length: 5cm
  • Width: 1.8cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Gallery Label
This object sits in the "Data and Communication" section of the Design 1900-Now gallery, opened June 2021 Switching off, opting out Our devices and apps are designed to encourage interaction and gather data. To counter this digital encroachment, the Punkt phone is purposefully simple and can only make calls, store numbers and send messages. Some public charging stations have been adapted to ‘juice-jack’, meaning data is harvested or malware is uploaded to users’ phones and tablets. To address this problem, the USB Condom and SyncStop are designed to prevent the accidental release of personal information. They feature a circuit board that creates a protective barrier allowing only power through the USB connection. USB connectors USB Condom and SyncStop, 2014 Designed by Stephen A. Ridley and Tom Tice Manufactured for Xipiter, USA Plastic and electronic components Museum nos. CD.12, 13-2015
Collection
Accession Number
CD.12-2015

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record createdDecember 16, 2014
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