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USB Boxer acts out the PC game

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

USB BoxerThis desktop boxer connects to your computer via USB and will act out the punches you throw in an associate PC game. The game has three modes that let you interact with the boxer, letting you throw left and right punches, rotate the boxer around the punching bag and count the times you hit the bag to ring up your score.

Using the left, right, up and down arrows you can take out your aggressions with the speed bag and even work on your finger-eye coordination by getting your rhythm and speed up to snuff. The game will even allow you to set ring times between 1 and 10 minute intervals, increasing it as you build up your stamina, and has included bell and crowd sounds which will be sure to get you made in your cuberhood. The company describes this as the most advanced USB toy of the year, but I guess it’s only March so they just may have that title so far this year.

USB Pottery Wheel could get messy

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

USB Pottery Wheel
If you happen to have a love for molding clay, or making pottery by hand, this DIY USB Pottery Wheel project is for you. Maybe you just want to re-enact that special scene from the movie Ghost, while splashing clay all over your keyboard and monitor.

Lucky for you, all you need is a dead hard drive which you can turn into a pottery wheel. Okay, you’ll need to know a tad about electronics too. And you’ll need to follow the link and watch the video. Soon after, you’ll be humming the Ghost theme and pretending that you are making pottery with a hunky ghost. Someone like you really should get a hobby, so this is a good project. The ghost of Patrick Swayze will never do crafts with you.

Running man 4-port USB hub

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2008

Running man 4-port USB hubSure you can get a regular little rectangle 4-port USB hub just a handful of dollars, but what fun is that? This USB Runner Hub also has 4 ports, costs $12 and looks a whole lot cooler. The ports are cleverly placed in the end of one leg, arm, front of the base and in the brief case that swivels 180 degrees. This running man USB hub stands a little over 100mm tall and supports USB 2.0 and 1.1. It does look pretty neat but unless there is some heavy weight in the base (71g total weight) or some kind of suction cup I think it’s going to be tough to keep this guy on his feet when he’s plugged in and hard at work.

Armageddon USB hub: THE button on your desk

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

Armageddon USB hub
If you fancy yourself some sort of super villain,(And who doesn’t?) you’ll want to pick up one of these neat USB hubs. Whether the fate of the entire free world is in your hands or not, your minions will fear and respect you when they see this on your desk. It says “I obviously have a bunker. Do you?”

The Armageddon USB Hub is only $39.99. How you hook it up to your Nuclear arsenal is up to you. After all, you’re the boss. And then on some magic day in the far off future, when nothing is going your way, just turn the key, flip the switches and press The Red Button! It will make a honking noise rather than destroy the world, but hey, I bet it makes you feel better. No wonder 007 always wins.

USB Owl is a strange desk pet

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2008

USB Owl is a strange desk pet
Here’s the latest in desk pets that plug into your usb port. This owl is cute, but kinda creepy. Sure, he comes off all wise and all, but I get the feeling that the minute you turn your back on him, he gets all evil. And we all know owls are nocturnal creatures. That means that while you are asleep, this bird is wide awake, plotting your eventual demise.

He has a clip that allows him to perch on top of your computer monitor, or you can use the optional tree-stump. He blinks and moves his head from side to side, while he watches you. He’ll also move his eyes around. He’ll be available on May 5, 2008 and will cost you about $26. If you give a hoot! Video after the jump.

USB Traffic Light can regulate desk traffic

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2008

USB traffic lightAfter already spending too much of my day behind traffic lights at intersections and at those metered ramps they have here in the Portland metro area the last thing I really want to see when I get to work is another traffic light on my desk. Unless of course I can use it to effectively stop or at least caution approaching visitors of my current status.

This USB traffic light doubles as a 4-port USB 2.0 hub and has a little switch letting you control the red yellow and green light for once, instead of it controlling you. As if that isn’t enough from a $25 USB peripheral it also can record and playback a 10 second voice message and has a place to clip a memo pad and supposedly some type of screen cleaner. Huh…

Anyway, another one of those perfect gifts for the geek who has to have every type of cheap USB accessory available.

Mr. Burns USB webcam…excellent

Posted in USB,Webcams by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2008

Mr. Burns USB webcam…excellent
Now you can feel like those suckers putting in a full day at the Springfield power plant. That is, you’ll be under the watchful eye of C. Montgomery Burns with this webcam. You’ll know exactly how Karl and Lenny feel, not to mention Homer. Don’t fall asleep with a donut in your mouth.

The webcam includes a large clip that allows it to be attached to your flat-panel monitor or laptop screen. Specs: 30 fps @ 640 x 480 with built-in microphone, supports USB enabled machines running Windows 98, 2000, XP and Vista, runs with Skype, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and AOL messenger. You can pick up this little tyrant for $49.99.

EcoButton shuts down your PC, Al Gore smiles

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2008

EcoButton shuts down your PC
The Eco Button connects via USB and puts your PC into sleep mode, thus saving precious Watts and making Al Gore smile, despite the fact that he has become portly in a William Shatner kind of way. It will even wake the PC up, when it’s time to get back to work. The bundled software records the carbon units saved.

As Ubergizmo pointed it, it probably takes a lot of carbon units to build the button and then when it hits the trash one day, it will pollute anyway. Plus it looks like a Frisbee. This somewhat pointless green gadget will cost you $18.

A USB/PS2 keyboard & mouse to your PS3

Posted in PS3,USB by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2008

A USB/PS2 keyboard & mouse to your PS3
XFPS has created a nifty little gadget that allows you to connect a USB or PS2 keyboard and mouse to your Playstation 3. The question is, will it be PlayStation 3 authorized only, or are we finally going to be able to use any keyboard and mouse on those integrated USB ports as long as the game supports it?

A company representative said that you will be able to play games such as Unreal Tournament 2007 with the keyboard and the mouse, which might mean the end of auto-aiming that is now have on Playstation 2. More details are sure to come. We will try to get more info on this one for you.

Turn an old notebook HD into a USB drive for $10.99

Posted in Hard Drives,Notebooks,USB by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2008

Turn an old notebook HD into a USB drive for $10.99
Let’s say you pulled that old 40GB hard drive out of your notebook and replaced it with 160GB of storage. Ever wish you could do something else with the leftover drive, instead of throwing it away? Now you can. Just stick it in an enclosure and turn it into a portable USB hard drive.

Meritline.com has an enclosure for just $10.99 shipped (after entering coupon code HW1971413OFF, which expires 1/25). It’s compatible with all 2.5-inch IDE and SATA drives, and includes both IDE and SATA external interfaces (with cables). You also get a carrying case and a little screwdriver so you can open and close the enclosure. The drive itself is powered entirely by the interface, so you don’t have to use an AC adapter. Best of all you’re recycling and not throwing the old drive away and crapping up the environment.

Limited edition Star Wars USB drives

Posted in Star Wars,USB,USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2008

Limited edition Star Wars USB drives
Star Wars USB drives are not new. We’ve covered them before, but now there are some limited edition versions that have Star Wars content pre-loaded on the drives themselves. Content like six trailers, wallpaper, icons, avatars, and sounds. They come in an assortment of characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, R2D2, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.

These are available for preorder now from 1GB to 4GB with prices ranging from $49.95 to $124.95. The fun doesn’t end with the USB drive, they also throw in some fun mimobot stickers and a small carrying case is included as well.

iTornado peer-to-peer for Mac-to-PC

Posted in Networking,USB by Reuben Drake on January 20th, 2008

iTornado USB data transfer gadget between PC’s or PC and MacData Drive Thru, the makers of the Tornado USB peer-to-peer connection device for PC’s, have given it an upgrade this year and are launching the iTornado sometime in March of this year. The iTornado works much like its predecessor making a direct connection between computers via USB. The upgrade for this model allows users to not only connect two PC’s, but also allows them to connect a PC to an Intel based Mac to transfer files back and forth.

The device consists of two retractable USB cables and built-in software so there is nothing to install. Simply plug-in both computers and a list of files available on both computers will display, and it will display on both computers. From there users can simply drag and drop files between the two and transfer them via USB 2.0 at up to 25Mb/second. The iTornado can make upgrading or switching from a PC to a Mac a lot easier than trying to find the other computer via a common network or copying back and forth with a thumb drive.

NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

Posted in Adapters,Hard Drives,USB by Reuben Drake on January 14th, 2008

NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive adapter connects SATA and IDE drives to your computer via USBWe’ve seen some pretty handy adapters to connect your internal drives, externally to your computer with things like the Stage Rack and this USB to SATA adapter but none of them match the convenience of the USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter from NewerTech. This adapter not only connects SATA drives to your computer’s USB port, but it will handle ATA/IDE drives as well.

Anytime I upgrade computers or just upgrade my drive I always keep the old one because inevitably a day will come where I want something off of it that I thought I would never need again. Opening up the computer case is a real pain and adapters like this are well worth the money in the time it saves alone. The adapter works with all 2.5″ laptop drives, 3.5″ desktop drives and will connect any existing 5.25″ drives such as CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs or removable Iomega Zip drives.

62-in-1 card reader mounts in 3.5″ internal bay

Posted in Card Readers,FireWire,USB by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2008

62 in 1 card reader and hub for SATA, USB and FirewireTake a look at this card reader from USBFever that says it will handel up to 62 different types of memory cards and connections. I’m not sure what those 62 types are and the product page doesn’t even list them but you can feel pretty confident that it will take just about whatever you got. We do see support for CF, SD/MMC, MemoryStick and xD at the least.

Aside from being just a card reader, the gadget also works as a hub for a single connection for each of USB, Fireware, SATA, e-SATA, headphones and a microphone. All of this is conveniently built into a box that fits in your internal 3.5″ drive bay on your computer so you don’t have to have yet another device taking up space on your desk and another USB port.

CES 2008

Hauppauge USB TV tuner stick with clear-QAM

Posted in CES 2008,Hauppauge,TV Tuner,USB by Reuben Drake on January 7th, 2008

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q TV Tuner stickHauppauge has some handy new TV tuners hitting the market this week at CES 2008, one of which is the WinTV-HVR-950Q. This USB-based tuner stick’s claim to fame is it’s ability to not only receive the popular NTSC analog cable and over-the-air ATSC high-def formats for North America, but also the ability to pick up clear QAM digital cable TV.

The WinTV-HVR-950Q tuner stick connects to a PC via USB and allows users to watch and record television on their desktop PC or notebook through a standard TV cable. The tuner comes with a credit card sized remote control to navigate channels, recording options and the ability to pause and resume live TV. It also comes with Hauppauge’s SoftPVR and SoftMCE software for MPEG-2 encoding. This allows the device to record television to the computers hard drive without needed some expensive MPEG encoder.