Another thing I saw at Mac World was from Corning, it’s a fiber optic USB cable, also Thunderbolt as well. Now you can interconnect USB devices at distances of up to 100 meters, or 300 feet. The transmitter and receiver is in the connector and is powered from the USB or Thunder Bolt plug. Instead of using wireless for data over long distances you can now use fiber optics in you home or office. It’s faster and much more secure as no one can intercept your data. Of course both USB ports must be powered and it works with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1. And the data will only travel as fast as the port it’s connected to, so using USB 1.1 over Corning’s fiber is still going to be pretty slow. The fastest is with Thunderbolt at over 10GB/s.
Corning sees a time when the fiber optic RX/TX are built right into the computers themselves. They use multimode fiber optics for their Optical Cables and their built like tactical fiber in that you can twist them and tie them in knots .
Heres a little video from Corning about their Optical Cables