The standout feature of Type C is that it's reversible. Similar to Apple's proprietary Lightning connector, there is no correct side -- no matter how you plug it in, it will fit. But unlike the Lightning cable, these connectors will be available on all kinds of devices from many brands, including computers, phone cables and storage drives.
Type C isn't the only new development. The new shape comes with USB 3.1, a new version that offers faster data transfer and more power to your devices.
That means hard drives, phones and other devices can get more power from these cables than before. Eventually, you could even charge your laptop using a USB Type C cable, which will help clear up the clutter of cables.