Put this USB drive in your laptop and you may get some kind of tech surprise in about nine months. Apparently this sperm-shaped USB drive was handed out at the American Society For Reproductive Medicine’s 2008 conference. It may be the strangest and most frightening USB drive we’ve ever seen.
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It’s Friday night. You’re home in your nerd pajamas and waiting for your favorite geek show to come on the Sci-Fi channel. You have a coke chilling in your Tardis micro-fridge. Champagne is chilling in your Tardis ice bucket, you know, just in case that hot neighbor chick who doesn’t know you exist, shows up looking for company. You’ve already tried to lure her in your shed, to no avail.
The only thing left to do is make sure your gadgets are charged up and plugged into your 4 port Tardis USB hub. You can’t help but contemplate your loneliness while sampling it’s authentic sound effects. Yep, $29.99 was a steal. The shows coming on. Then it will be time to argue on some forums and then it’s time to sleep the cold and lonely sleep of the geek. For tomorrow you set out on your quest to find some female friends.
Studying to be a proctologist? Just want to practice for your own impending exam? No problem. The USB Endoscope has got your back…side…all scared and puckered up. This two-foot-long USB-powered roto-rooter snake has LEDs and a camera at one end, as well as a powerful 40X microscopic lens. Nasty applications aside, it could be pretty useful for getting into tight spots, having a look in ancient tombs or whatever. I’m not sure it’s worth the $140 price tag, but if you buy one and complain, you know where you can stick it.
Traveling through time and space can make a Timelord mighty thirsty. Hell, a nerd can get pretty thirsty just watching it. Well, now you can add this Doctor Who Tardis USB micro fridge to your ever growing collection of Tardis themed items.
This fridge will hold a 12 ounce can of soda, though you’d think it would hold a six-pack since it’s supposed to be bigger on the inside and all. It feature a flashing Tardis light and 30 seconds of Tardis sound effects. Whether your drink goes back and forth in time when the doors are closed is uncertain. The Tardis USB Micro Fridge will be available soon and will retail for $44.99.
Because of a new EU trade rule, wineries aren’t allowed to use the word “port” on their label unless the wine was actually made in Portugal. Which sucks for some wine makers. But California’s Peltier Station Winery came up with a unique loophole. They are calling their new dessert wine “USB” and they’ve even put a tree with USB roots on the label. That’s what I call sticking it to the man! The man being the EU. The fun doesn’t end there however.
A company called 6 West Design made the label and they did something special with the USB-tree on the front. It’s is made of binary code that translates to “Peltier Station.” There are also some fill-in-the-blanks on the back of the label like “an im____ant agreement” or “in your ____folio.” This my friends is how you screw the powers-that-be, instead of them screwing you.
These USB bunnies are cute. But you know bunnies. They want to multiply. They hump like, well, like bunnies. And if there are no other USB bunnies in your home, it will gladly do the nasty with your USB ports. Because bunnies are crazy. They can’t stop.
Your computer or laptop will never be the same. Straight from Japan, each bunny comes equipped with authentic? humping motions and 1GB of memory. They’ll cost you about $15.
Super Talent is offering some terra cotta warrior USB drives that are life-like replicas of the ancient Xi’an warriors. They are just, you know, about 7cm tall. They’re fully compatibility with USB 1.1 and 2.0 and can be had in 1GB-8GB capacity. The drive also supports password protection.
In case you weren’t aware, in 1974 in Xi’an, China farmers were digging a well and discovered a huge underground cavern containing thousands of life sized terra cotta warriors. It was all very Indiana Jones. Funny thing is, in two thousand years, they’ll dig up a stash of these drives that some dude laid out all in a row and attribute some deep meaning to how we shaped our drives into the likeness of warriors. But really, some dude in a warehouse was just playing army guys.
Last month we told you about Aptus’ new line of Mini-Motion controllers that will be available for different games. Here’s some more info on the games. The games planned are called Cars of Fury, Hoverboard, and Home Run King. Yeah, they don’t sound all that swell. The skateboarding game comes with a miniature skateboard controller; the car game has a USB car; Hoverboard has a hoverboard etc.
They connect to the PC via USB. In the Cars of Fury game, you race the RC cars around the track and try to blow up the other guys. As far as the Hoverboard game, you’ll be racing in power-tunnels at mach speeds and doing tricks. It all sounds very crappy and just as we thought, it would appear that these are just fancy joysticks with little or no motion control.
This magnetic 4-Port USB Hub is USB 2.0 compliant and actually useful with four ports for you to fill immediately and wish you had a 5 or 6 port USB hub. It may not be the most stylish, but it features three magnets on the back, allowing you to attach it on any metallic surface, which is pretty handy. It can be yours for $13.99. Or you can just attach magnets to the one you own, which is even cheaper.
We’ve seen our share of useless gadgets, no question about it. They don’t get more useless then the USB volcano. I mean, they could have done something cool with this. How about a little diorama with some ancient civilization dropping a virgin or two into the thing? What about making it a real lava spewer(Okay, nothing harmful that will melt flesh) that’s also a bank, where you have to feed it coins so it doesn’t go all Krakatoa all over your desk? Or what about having a tiny remote control robot in the case with the volcano that you can send in and get readings like a real science kind of deal?
But no. No, sadly this craptastic gadget is just a volcano with plastic lava beads that erupt out of the water-filled desktop toy. And you even have to provide the water. $18 if you are actually impressed.
Looking for a cheap USB thrill for your desk that will provide hours of fun and distract you from your work? You might want to check out this USB Ferris Wheel that’s powered by your typing. I don’t know about hours of fun. That kinda depends on your IQ level.
Surely it will provide minutes of fun, with it’s flashing lights, carnival music, spinning wheel and plastic bunny, bear and elephant careening down the slide. Surely this is exactly the useless crap you’ve been searching for. As long as you keep typing the show will go on. How much would you pay for all this fun? 10? 20? It can be yours for just $30. Hit the link for a video of the Ferris Wheel in action.
Gadgets becoming jewelry is getting more common and why shouldn’t it? It makes toting around our gadgets that much easier. But making it look halfway decent to look at and still be functional is the trick. The Gresso wearable pendant manages to do it right. It houses a whooping 192 GB USB, carved out of 200-year-old African wood.
It’s a nice departure from the usual Swarovski studded piece. In three angles, it houses three 64 GB USB drives. Sadly for the ladies wanting one, it is limited to just 99 pieces being manufactured. The Gresso ENIGMA comes in two different styles. The star shaped “Constellation” and triangular ” Labyrinth”. Each comes with a strap for wearing as a jewelery pendant. The price is 5000 Euros.
Out of the two presidential candidates, which is more likely to be hip and use tech to his advantage? Well, the young hip guy apparently. If you are an Obama supporter and want to show the world who your choice for president is, you’ll want the Obama 08 bracelet. The bracelet is the stretchy plastic kind that you’ve seen used for different causes, but this one has a USB plug and video, music, photos, speeches and more stored on it’s flash drive inside the bracelet.
It’s compatible with Mac and Windows PCs and is available for $25. The proceeds go into funding the Obama presidential campaign. Promo video below. In the interest of giving both candidates equal time, I was going to mention something interesting that McCain did with technology. I just can’t think of any.
Check out this insane device that calls itself a gadget. USB hubs are great and all, but a Rotary phone USB hub? It’s the kind of thing you give a tech blogger at the end of his career, to keep him from drooling all over the nursing home, just like you used to give those toy rotary phones to kids. And even then it’s not much of a laugh unless they try to make a call with it. It’s not something you want on your desk. Turning the dial opens and closes the hubs, which I guess is kinda cool, should someone hate you enough to gift you one. Available for $15.
If you bought a laptop that doesn’t have a nifty remote control, the Outel Wireless USB Laptop Remote Control is a nice solution. It fits inside your laptop’s PCMCIA slot and will deliver full wireless remote control functionality. Just pop it out of the slot, plug the dongle into the USB port and you’re good to go. Great for controlling your music, video playback and other multimedia jazz from up to 30m away.
The best part has nothing to do with your laptop however. It’s all the fun you and your cat will have playing with the integrated laser pointer. It will cost you £15.59 and your cat will thank you, by chasing the pretty light and getting some exercise, while you sit and gain weight while using your remote.