If it’s possible, I’d love to see modules that double up on the inputs, i.e. two usb ports, hdmi+display port, etc. There seems to be a lot of wasted real estate that could be put to use.
Unfortunately this turns out to be very hard. There is space, just very little of it.
OK… I had to ask!
There is development ongoing, there are multiple threads in this forum if you are curious but as I said, it turns out to be a lot more complicated than it looks.
Well as soon as you do something else than just passing a signal through, that real estate suddenly becomes pretty small actually . Especially splitting things up always involves some ICs that take up a relatively large area and often need additional circuitry to operate. As long as you don’t use relatively expensive manufacturing techniques that space is used up pretty quickly.