It takes a special kind of nerd to have a glowing radioactive USB sheep on his desk. One who wears goggles even. It’s based on the Seamour Sheep comic series, which follows the misadventures of Seamour and presumably his…sheep. Just plug this little guy into your USB port, dim the lights, and enjoy the smooth soft hues of a glowing electric sheep. Much like these animals, the placing of his USB cord seems unfortunate, but at least no farmer is backing him to the edge of a cliff. You can own one of these limited edition of 500 radioactive sheep for $69. Seems expensive for a glowing sheep, but what do I know?
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On the sickeningly cute side of USB flash drives come these Cat’s Paw drives. The Cat’s Paw USB flash drive comes in just one memory size, 2GB, but on the other paw hand you can choose from blue, black and white colors.
The price is a steep $61.38, but maybe it could be your new lucky charm. Sort of a modern day rabbit’s foot that holds data and occasionally grants wishes. It should be noted that if you have actual cats, they’re going to wonder who lost a paw and if they are next. I like to think that the white/pink one is a limited edition of four that they acquired after holding Hello Kitty down in a butcher’s shop, but that’s just me.
The other day we told you about the Evangelion USB Flash Drive. Now Buffalo Japan will release another one. Some of you will no doubt think that it’s the cutest USB thing since Hello Kitty. It’s a REI model, that will give you up to 4GB of memory. If you’re a fan of the Japanese manga series you’ll have to get one quick since it’s limited to 5000 pieces. The price is $54.25 and it will be available on September 30th. It’s much cuter then the first one and has more storage.
Fall isn’t officially here yet, but people are beginning to decorate and think about the upcoming Halloween. If you like to decorate the office with all kinds of geeky paraphernalia, these new USB powered pumpkin lights fom Brando may be perfect for you. The string of lights is completely powered by USB and has eight little pumpkins all in a row.
If you go overboard and want to light up the whole place, you’ll want a nice USB hub with many ports. The lights flash and they work with any computer that has a USB port. Each string will cost you $13. Now all you need are some USB witches and scarecrows. These are kinda creepy and kinda geeky.
StellarWindow comes from students in Japan and consists of software and a USB dongle, to assist those who love to gaze out at the night sky. It will give you all of the names and stars in all of the constellations. Because hey, you like to look, but you probably don’t know everything. The software works with the USB dongle that has a built-in compass and tilt sensor.
When the software is installed and the USB dongle connected, the dongle will figure out where you are and can point to things in the sky at your location. The software also sports built-in voice recognition so you can ask it to find certain celestial bodies. The software isn’t available to buy just yet, but the students have formed a company and they plan to release the StellarWindow software sometime this year for about $244. Seems a tad expensive, but if you really love stargazing, I imagine it’s A LOT cheaper then your telescope.
If you love retro and think that the cassette died way before it’s time you might want to check out this four port cassette USB hub. It goes good with the cassette mp3 player and if you never entered the 21st century and have cassettes lying around, who’s going to notice the difference?
You can even write the name of a retro artist or album on it. I don’t know, say Night Ranger, Journey or Styx. Those who prefer to have an 8-Track hub will have to wait I guess. It will cost you about $23. I love the warning they give on the website, for those who ate too much lead as a kid: “This is not a real cassette tape and attempts to play it in a cassette player could cause serious damage to your stereo and the hub.” You’ve been warned.
If you’re going for the look of a bullet entering your laptop, this USB drive is perfect. It’s a series of awesome looking flash drives that are a collaboration between Crooks & Castles and Hellz with branding & strategic consulting firm Mojo Laboratories.
The drives have 1GB of storage capacity and come loaded with storage instead of gunpowder. These aren’t armor piercing, they’re laptop and USB port piercing. One word of warning, if your job requires you to have bullets lying around, don’t get confused and grab the wrong ones.
Seems like the classic band Journey is clinging to fame by the skin of it’s gadget loving teeth. First their was the Journey DAP, which had us scratching our heads, now with this Journey USB flash drive we’re wondering if we should expect a comeback.
It features the Golden Gate Scarab and Journey Logo. What’s weird is that it has no music on it’s whooping 256MB of memory. Not even an image file. For $45 even die-hard fans would call this a rip-off. If you buy this one, you deserve to have your credit card ripped from your hand and your butt-crack swiped with it until you need a maxi-pad. Seriously.
When you think about the French, chances are you think comedy involving mimes and baguettes dancing with their comedy god Jerry Lewis. Is that just me? Alright then. The French are doing something interesting with USB and trains. A kind of wireless easy-pass for trains. French public transportation company SNCF is getting 1,000 customers to help it test an RFID-enabled smart card that doubles as a USB drive, known as the Weneo ID Smart.
SNCF wants to expand its contactless payment system, and the plan would allow customers to plug their train passes into their PC at home. Which makes sense, because at home they can add money to their account, avoid missing trains because the train is pulling away as they rush to put money onto a card, and it probably helps with crowds as well. Schedules can also be downloaded to the card and it’s a photo ID. Once on the train, the fare would be deducted from the card by an RFID reader or an attendant with a handheld device. They’ll have to see if it’s a success first, but if so, the SNCF may want everyone using the system by 2010.
This guy is kinda cute, but at night I think he might scare you and whisper to you in your sleep, telling you to plug in gadgets so he can feed and grow, using the energy to spin a web and eventually encase you in a cocoon. It will take up to 6 USB gadgets and it’s seventh leg goes to your computer. I guess some guy who really likes bugs had some spare time on his hands. It’s made from fabric and wires and is a great scarecrow to keep your kids away from the computer.
USB hubs being the neccessity they are, it’s always nice to see one that looks like it could class up the joint. And this one really is a nice bit of architecture. They merged a Newton’s Cradle with a USB hub. The Boynq Swing gracefully suspends four USB cables underneath an arch. It just sits and waits and looks classy.
Aside from it’s awesome design, it’s pretty much your typical USB hub, sporting DC power for multiple high-powered USB devices and fuses to protect against power surges. It’s got a sweet look and I hope other hub designers are taking note. We’d like to see more like this.
For most of us a mouse pad is just a thing piece of material that we roll our mouse along. That’s really all a mouse pad is good for. But it becomes a lot more useful when you add a usb hub and a mic. Which is exactly what Zonet has done with the The Zone ZUP8020 Multifunctional Mouse Pad.
It makes sense as it combines some key peripherals to save you desk space. It sports a four port USB 2.0 hub, integrated stereo speakers, built-in microphone and built-in audio in and out ports. It’s a bit thick for a mouse pad, but maybe this will add some spice to your mouse area. If the design were thinner I think it would be a winner. Only $20.
Kensington is set to roll out what it calls the world’s first wireless USB universal docking station. It’s called the Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station and you’ll find it pricing around $230.
The Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station, which looks to exclusively be on sale through Dell, is quite simply a wireless USB enabled universal docking station which works with notebooks enabled with the same wireless USB technology. It has five USB ports, a DVI-I, and a speaker port to connect to peripherals, an external monitor and speakers. It is USBIF certified.
We first told you about the Bat Signal spotlight back in March. But back then no one had seen the latest Dark Knight flick yet. So it’s only natural that we would see another version now that the movie has come out. In this DIY version, they’ve updated the Bat Symbol itself to the one from the new films.
See, that’s why Batman never showed up when you called. You were using an outdated bat symbol. This one looks much cooler. You’ll need a couple of old bottle caps, tinfoil(Some of you already have hats you can tear a piece off of), cheap USB light, small piece of clear plastic, cardboard, soldiering iron, hot glue gun, paint, and some time. Then you’ll be annoying your cubicle mates in no time.
Everything charges via usb whether we like it or not. That can be a real problem when you are in your car. So naturally you want a way to charge your phone, but the 12V outlet is already powering your GPS unit. That’s not a problem anymore.
This in-car charger is a nice solution, with four extra USB ports. Just plug in your iPod, mobile phone, digital camera, GPS device, or any other USB device. Chances are it’s more then you need to keep all your gadgets charged. And it only costs $23.