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My son had the exact same problem with this set at Christmas. In step 1, you put the red joiner on the axle. In step 2, there is a smaller axle that gets put in the other end. The only clue is that each step shows what parts are needed, so you can see that there is a little axle there that needs to be incorporated.
The part you are looking for is 4532a - Container, Cupboard 2 x 3 x 2 - Solid Studs. There is also a 4532 version with hollow studs.
At a larger scale, a similar hole that includes an indent that can accept circular connectors, preferably 3-brick long for anchoring, for a true connection. But at that size, it would be roughly 3.2 times the size of a typical laptop. For a tiny model, just do a 2 x 1/3 x 1 brick hole, into which a no-studs plate can be slipped. If you are going for an ...
It's not deep enough, but depending on what the model is for it might be sufficient: a 2x1 brick with no center pin is almost exactly the right width/height for a USB plug. These are easy to find in transparent colours but solid colours exist as well.
My guess would be that they wanted to include one in more sets; so they made a smaller (cheaper) version and took the opportunity to add functionalities, such as the technic axle remover or the flat end for removing tiles easily. If I'm not mistaken, this version works on jumper plates too; which wasn't the case with the old one.
Since you do not give a desired size of the palm, I'd like to propose the following solution, consisting of 1x 6222 - Brick, Round 4 x 4 with 4 Side Pin Holes and Center Axle Hole and 4x 6628 - Technic, Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Towball, arranged like so: You might need to work on the size of the fingers to make this work with "grip" - but ...
The Nexo Knights sets have a new piece, the Bar 1L with Towball, which might work for putting a bunch of mixel joints in a small space: Also, if you could get your hands on the maxifig hand, it's great for connecting to mixel joints. It's a 1x1 round tile with a hole in the stud and a ball on the side: Either of these attached to the brick with 4 ...
After some experimenting, here is another solution that might fit your needs. It consists of 3 alternatives: Required: 1x 4733 Brick, Modified 1x1 with Studs on Four Sides 4x 6628 Technic, Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Towball 4x 4697b Pneumatic T Piece New Style (T Bar) (Build 1&2) OR 4x 4070 Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight (Build 3) ...
Take a look at 11203 - Tile, Modified 2 x 2 Inverted. Works like your 2x2 round plate but is flat at the bottom.
As Caleb already explored the 'rebuild it in bricks' option, let me add a few other options. There are a few LEGO products that have a Female USB slot built in. You could look at integrating these into your build. Most of them have an awkward shape though. E.g. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 brick: LEGO Mindstorms NXT brick: LEGO Digital Camera: If you ...
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