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UFO USB hub and card reader

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

UFO USB hub And card reader
Anything that calls itself “UFO Combo Card Reader + 7-Port Hub” catches my attention. It’s not just a useless device with a cool name either. It’s a gadget that is actually quite handy sporting 7 powered USB 2.0 ports. It’s also got 7 slots to read CF / T-Flash / MicroSD / M2 / Mini SD / SD / MMC Micro / MMC / XD / SM / MS / MS Duo cards.

Did I mention it’s shaped like a UFO? (Sort of) And it might even house little aliens for all I know. The kind that get all up in your business at night, while you sleep. You can get yours in either blue or gray for $30.

Share your Metallica collection with the Virtual Console USB duplicator

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2008

Virtual Console USB duplicatorSo you have spent your precious free time making digital copies of all your various Metallica records and CDs and you want to share them with 60 of your closest friends on a flash drive. Virtual console has a new USB drive duplicator that makes producing 60 copies of your drive fast.

The Virtual Console USB duplicator is the fastest on the market and claims to be able to duplicate 60 1GB flash drives in a bit more than two minutes. If you have more than 60 friends that you want to share with units feature IP Multicast duplication to allow for control of multiple duplicators.

Transformer’s All Spark talking USB hub

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on April 13th, 2008

Transformers All Spark 4-port USB HubThis already-shrunk-down version of the All Spark from the Transformers movie has a few less powers than its likeness in the movie and probably won’t turn your gadgets into small Autobots and Decepticons. It does however have the ability to expand your USB ports by 3 as its main purpose is a 4-port USB hub. As if that’s not quite enough for Transformer fans, the hub will also spout out All Spark phrases from the Transformer movie. I don’t think I remember the All Spark doing a lot of talking during the movie but I suppose that was the next best thing to having the device auto-expand into the full-size All Spark.

The USB hub retails for £17.99, but can only be pre-ordered at this time and isn’t expected to be available until the end of August.

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger
I’ve got a bunch of devices that use AA batteries. Said batteries all rotate in and out of the same charger, so something like this would be very convenient for me. Especially if I needed some batteries charged on the go.

It claims to be the smallest and lightest battery charger in the world. I don’t know about that, but I know it will come in handy. It will charge two AA or AAA batteries to 75% of a full charge in three to four hours via the USB port, so it’s not the fastest. For $25, it’s worth it if you have many batteries to be charged.

Western Digital glams up My Passport USB drives

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on April 9th, 2008

WD My Passport USB Drive in ColorsI’m a more traditional geek and tend to not want any bright colors in my external storage products. I guess there are enough people out there that feel differently and Western Digital has felt the need to glam up the common USB drive with bright and often girly colors.

Western Digital announced today that it was now offering its popular My Passport drive in 11 different colors. The available colors include black, brilliant orange, super sunny yellow, raindrop blue, arctic white, deep viola, cherry red, ultra mint, real red, intense blue, and vibrant pink. The white drive might be just the thing for Mac heads, at least until the new MacBook’s hit with the aluminum skin.

Four-way USB Hub…with a fish

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

Four-way USB Hub…with a fish
Sometimes it’s like they just combine stuff together and hope the end result is great. I can’t decide if this combo of fish and USB hub is proof of designers on drugs or brilliance.

But, if you are lacking a little fish friend in your life, maybe this one’s for you, fake fish and all. It’s even got a few shells, some greenery and real water. If that’s not enough, it illuminates, cycling through four different colors. It will only cost you $12 and there’s no danger at all of you killing it from lack of attention.

Novatel announces a pair of HSPA USB modems

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on April 1st, 2008

Novatel MC992DJust ask anyone who knows me; I can hardly stand to be without Internet access. If my connection goes down I begin to get cold chills at the thought of missing an email within five minutes. To stave off an Internet restricted diet in case of emergency I have my iPhone and laptop complete with EVDO modem to keep me from being offline.

I have often considered getting a USB EVDO modem for use with my desktop computer, but haven’t bitten the bullet and done that yet. Novatel Wireless introduced a couple new USB modems today that look very tempting. The MC992D and MC990D are both wireless broadband modems that can operate on multiple frequencies including HSPA, WCDMA, EDGE and GPRS networks.

Walletex slim USB MediCard

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2008

Walletex slim USB MediCard
You might remember Walletex, makers of mp3 players on a super slim card. Now they want to get into the medical records game. The Wallet MediCard is an ultra slim USB flash card that will fit medical documentation on it, and you can even fill out personal health records on the outside of it too.

There’s one big problem with the idea. If you lose this card, you’re loosing valuable medical records and privacy. The concept is enough to make anyone nervous. Obviously they could make the card secure, but even as you lose a totally secure card, it’s still lost, so what is the point?

USB Ghost Mouse: Who ya gonna call?

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2008

USB Ghost Mouse: Who ya gonna call?
I may have missed a memo, but last I checked Halloween was still a long way off. These should have surfaced around October. But hey, I guess even the Ghostbusters need a mouse that fits their style, though this ghost was obviously based on the Scream mask.

The mouse features an advanced 3-button optical scroll technology to provide you with high precision control. 800 dpi optical sensor. All the usual specs of a mouse. Aside from looks, I think the one thing that might make using this mouse a tad awkward is the ghost’s tail, unless your hand conforms to it. Scare up one of these for $12.

The Comfish USB aquarium

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2008

The Comfish USB aquarium
The Comfish aquarium measures 180 x 140 x 55 mm and is controlled almost entirely from your computer while it is hooked up to your USB port. The USB supplies power to the tank’s LED lights, the water heater, and the oxygen pump. It’s all controlled with a program that looks just like the fish tank itself. A camera inside the tank displays what’s going on inside the virtual fish tank on your computer, so you never even have to look at the real fish if you like to neglect animals.

But wait, there’s more. It’s also a room humidifier and a night light. It’s available in red, blue, silver or gold and costs about $50 for those in Korea.

USB Memory Bomb is the bomb

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2008

USB Memory Bomb
Forget the fact that bombs do not look like this these days. They used to. In fact, every cartoon villain has hurled his share of these babies at an enemy at one time or another.

Unfortunately, hard as it is to believe, this hasn’t been made yet. It’s just a concept. So if you are an old school villain you’re going to have to wait to get your hands on one. If they stamped it ACME or TNT on the side it would be complete for all your needs.

Neon USB signs light up your desk

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

Neon USB signsIf you’ve had a burning desire to have your workspace all pimped out in neon signs, like “Eat At Joes” and such, by God this is your lucky day. Maybe you just never got to Vegas and have been feeling left out. These USB signs will surely light up your lack of a life.

They have a Smiley, Bar, and “@” all in their Neon glory and they work for both PC and Mac. Just plug it in via USB and switch it on and it will be like a trip to Times Square in your living room or office. They retail for DKK 99,00.

Belkin USB hub fills your desk hole

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2008

Belkin USB hub
Every now and then you come across a design that is absolutely brilliant. Like this Belkin USB hub that fits in the grommet hole on your computer desk. I always knew that hole was good for something, besides making objects disappear never to be seen again.

Combine that hole with something you can never have enough of, like USB ports, and what you’ve got is gadget gold. The 3″ grommet hub has 4 raised USB ports with openings on each side for hiding cables, and if your hole is smaller,(This all sounds really wrong…) you may need the 2″ version. Simple and brilliant.

Mini Mouse USB speaker creeps me out

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2008

Mini Mouse USB speaker creeps me out
At first glance, this little mouse thing is pretty cute with it’s blue glowing eyes, but then you start to wonder if those eyes would pulsate just as your power goes out. Next you are mesmerized and before you know it, you are doing it’s bidding. Hypnotized, you keep buying more, building it’s army. One day soon, when it damn well decides it is ready, the electronic army will launch it’s next offensive from your house. When the last little demon rolls out the door, you will no longer be hypnotized, but you will know what you have done. Drop to your knees, gadget collector. For you have doomed the world. It is appropriate to cry.

Meanwhile in another reality…This tiny mouse from Brando is not a computer mouse. It connects to your iPod, CD, PDA, computer, or other gadget using a 3.5mm stereo audio jack. It’s basically a creepy little speaker.

A bunch of USB junk this device is

Posted in USB by Nino Marchetti on March 6th, 2008

usb-crap.jpgHow many USB ports do you have on your computer? Got at least a few freed up by not connecting your USB boxer or Mr. Burns Web cam? $15 will get you multi-functional USB device to round out your ports and USB collection.

The USB Desk Assortment and Gift Set consists of a center base and four arms which sprout out of the center to offer different functions. You’ve got total combined offerings of, in no particular order, a USB 1.1 hub, a pen holder, a cup warmer, a mini lamp, a mini vacuum and an open port.