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Be a Couch PC Potato with Buffalo’s Kone

Posted in Buffalo,Television,USB by Chetz on July 12th, 2007

buffalo_dh-koneLet’s say that you want to watch the latest episode of “Lost” as it’s being broadcast and not have to resort to downloading the episode later on. Your sense of morals can rest easy when you have Buffalo’s DH-KONE/U2S USB 2.0 television tuner affixed to your machine!

The DH-KONE plugs into one of your computer’s USB ports. You can put it on the side of any metal wall and it will cling to it thanks to the unit’s magnetic bottom (if you don’t like that idea you can use the suction cup base.) While you’re watching Jack and Sawyer fighting over Kate, you can have the tuner look for other info about the episode, later programming schedules or the latest headlines or weather. You can also watch and record another program at the same time.

Buffalo’s DH-KONE will be available to Japanese consumers near the end of the month …

Hubba Hubba

Posted in Belkin,USB by Chetz on July 11th, 2007

belkin_usbhubsCheck these three new Belkin USB 2.0 hubs out and think of where you will put them on your desktop. The company announced the Swivel Hub ($29.99), the Clip-on Hub ($29.99) and the Hub-to-Go ($49.99) yesterday, all available in stores beginning next month.

The Swivel Hub has 4 ports of tech goodness. You can angle it 180 degrees to serve you the way that you like to be served by your USB products. It comes with a power supply.

Next is the Clip-On Hub, another four-porter. This one can fasten to the edge of a desk or counter to keep it secure. You’ve got two USB ports in the front facing part of the hub and another two on the top just to keep things interesting. As with the Swivel, the Clip-On Hub ships with a power supply.

Last but not least the Hub-to-Go has an awesome …

Irikon Thumb Drive Scans Iris for Security

Posted in Flash Memory,Security,USB by Darrin Olson on July 3rd, 2007

Irikon flash memory USB drive uses iris scan for securityIf a finger print scanner isn’t quite enough for you to feel comfortable with keeping your data on a portable USB flash drive you will want to take a look at the Irikon Flash memory device from Rehoboth Technology.

This thumb drive has biometric security similar to many flash drives that use finger print scanners except that this one requires a scan of your eye, or your iris to be exact, to authenticate your access of the drive. It can remember up to 20 different irises and is USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible. Not a whole lot of detail is given about how the iris scanning part works other than you need to look into the iris camera from no further away than 6 cm.

The Irikon has an on-board rechargeable battery that charges up when it’s connected. …

Big Foot USB Webcam

Posted in USB,Webcams by Reuben Drake on July 3rd, 2007

Big foot USB WebcamThis Big Foot webcam is not just another pretty shaped USB device, but actually leverages its unique design in a functional way.

This sits on your desk with an adjustable stand and has a low-quality VGA camera, which can be focused and used for still shots or video conferencing, in the middle of the “foot”. (There appears to be a button in the cord to take snap shots.) The big toe of the foot houses a microphone which connects through a separate jack and the other 4 toes have LED lights to brighten up your target. The Big Foot USB Camera retails for $22. What more could you want?

Via TechDigest

USB Missile Launcher

Posted in Toys,USB by Reuben Drake on July 3rd, 2007

USB missile LauncherThis USB Missile Launcher allows you to control the direction and angle through a software interface connected through your USB port.

You can connect the missile launcher and have it sit up to three feet away from your computer, and with an on-screen control panel you can rotate it a full 360 degrees and adjust the angle up or down about 45 degrees. It has 3 foam missiles that can be launched up to 20 feet in rapid succession if need be. You can give yourself a tactical intraoffice advantage for a mere $39.99.

via FunUSB

Inflight Power Charges Your Gadgets in Coach

Posted in Chargers,USB by Chris Weber on June 29th, 2007

Inflight Power Recharger uses airplane headphone jackFirst class passengers often are fortunate enough to have an outlet in-flight while the rest of us have to scramble at the terminal looking behind chairs for an open outlet to charge our gadgets between flights. Inflight Power has a charger cable that may even things out a bit.

The Inflight USB Power Unit plugs into the headphone jack available in most coach seats, (now that most don’t use the two little “sound holes” any longer) and makes that electricity available through USB ports on the device. I’m not sure exactly how much juice can come out of the headphone jack, but it can’t be a whole lot. Either way, you can then plug any USB powered gadget into the Inflight Power adapter to charge it up on the go, making those first class seats seem just that much less special.

The Inflight …

SanDisk Cruzer Contour – Classy Flash Drive

Posted in Flash Memory,SanDisk,USB by Darrin Olson on June 27th, 2007

SanDisk Cruzer Contour USB Flash DriveSanDisk has launched a new USB Flash memory drive touting it as a combination of improved performance and style, which I have to say is a nice change. There’s nothing like going into a meeting full of suits to do a presentation and have to pull out your holiday cheer Flash drive your sister got you for Christmas to load up your slides.

The SanDisk Cruzer Contour has a nice, sleek, glossy black finish with no cap to lose. The USB connector hides itself underneath the frame and slides out when needed, similar to a retractable click-pen. When plugged in the word “Cruzer” lights up with a blue LED light, which basically translates to: “I’m still a geek, but I’m cooler than you”.

SanDisk also doubled the write speed and made the read speed about 2/3 times faster than their previous fastest …

USB Engine Hub

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on June 27th, 2007

USB Hub shaped like an engineWe can’t say this wouldn’t get a annoying for your office neighbors after a while but it’s an nice alternative to a standard little rectangle USB hub. The USB Engine hub gives you 2 only two additional USB ports but a lot of engine noise.

The engine on the top will actually vibrate when it’s first plugged in and make an engine idling sound. A kick-start lever will then “start” the engine up and it will again vibrate and idle. By using the small gear shifting lever you can make the engine change sounds as if it is shifting gears and revving up like its racing.

Check out a video of the USB Engine Hub in action or you can pick one up for little under $60 at GeekStuff4U.

Shiny Red Iomega eGo USB Hard Drive Debuts

Posted in Accessories,Iomega,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on June 26th, 2007

iomega-ego-160.jpgIomega has quietly been kicking out all sorts of data storage products over the years. One of its newest, the Iomega eGo Drive, looks to continue the tradition in a stylish way.

The most striking thing about this USB 2.0 drive is its looks. It sports a curved cherry-red chassis with chrome endcaps. That’s a nice change from more generic external USB drives. I also like the fact this drive is USB powered – no more needing to pull out yet another power brick and search for a free outlet.

USB Hub Alarm Clock Letter Opener, Finally

Posted in Clocks,USB by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2007

USB hub alarm clock letter opener all combined in one deviceGone are the days of opening letters without knowing exactly what time it is….

It’s high time someone made the obvious combination of products that are most commonly needed together on any one work desk. This device makes the smart trifecta of a 4-port USB hub, an alarm clock and a letter opener all in one convenient battery powered package. It’s available in 3 different combinations as well; one with USB 1.1, one with USB 2.0 and a third with just the clock and the letter opener, forgetting the USB all together. Something to fit everyones needs I guess.

This ranks right up there with the iPod/breathalizer/FM transmitter combo.

Product Page via RedFerret

Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick

Posted in HDTV,USB by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2007

Pinnacle PCTV HD StickThis PCTV HD Stick from Pinnacle lets you turn your PC into a television monitor and DVR with a small, simple device. This portable TV tuner interfaces with your PC through a USB 2.0 connection and has a small antenna to pick up standard broadcasted stations and over-the-air HD stations in your area and lets you view and record them on your computer.

The PCTV HD Stick picks up analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) broadcast signals, runs for $100 and is available for pre-order now through Pinnacle.

Porcelain USB Flash Drive

Posted in Flash Memory,USB by Nino Marchetti on June 15th, 2007

Porcelain USB Flash DriveUSB flash drives, being a dime a dozen, can look pretty utilitarian at times. If a unique look is what you see you may find happiness in these 1GB Porcelain Memory Drives.

That’s right – porcelain. The European design firm Mokkatanten has designed a USB flash drive with a porcelain shell. It is handcrafted and glazed in a non-tech body design to give it that extra something special. It even sports an operating LED which makes the drive glow through the china when in use. You also get USB 2.0 support and a hand knit little pouch to carry your $125 drive around in.

While this porcelain drive idea is pretty cool, us dudes will stick with our USB SurfDrives instead, thank you very much.

Porcelain Memory, via Uber-Review

Free HDTV on Your Computer

Posted in HDTV,USB by Chetz on June 14th, 2007

USB HDTV tuner connects to your computer and picks up HDTV signals for freeFor as long as the electromagnetic broadcasting wave has existed it has been the dream of many to grab it from the air and watch it for free. Of course we all know that it’s against the law to watch HBO or download movies if you’re not paying for it but the legality of certain aspects of the broadcasting medium remain open to interpretation.

Consider Hammacher Schlemmer’s Laptop HDTV Receiver., a small antenna and 79-inch cord that plugs into your computer’s USB port. The adaptor lets you receive local high definition broadcasts because it’s using the same kind of ATSC tuner found inside the innards of HDTV sets. The adaptor also comes with S-video and composite input cables to let you convert the signal into 1080i and then output it to a …

Three in One Cigarette Lighter Adapter, USB Port

Posted in Automotive,Chargers,USB by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2007

3 in 1 car adapter has 3 cigarette lighter adapters and a usb portToo many gadgets and too few sockets. Wait a minute, what am I saying? I guess you can really never have too many gadgets, but when you’re out traveling this summer you can avoid having to take turns charging stuff up with this 3-in-1 car adapter from Brando. It turns a single cigarette lighter adapter into 3, plus it adds a single USB port to charge up some other accessory that you don’t have a car adapter for, all for $20.

Squid-tastic USB

Posted in USB by Chetz on June 6th, 2007

the USB Squid adds additional, flexible USB ports to your computer to add more peripheralsWe’ve all been there: you’re trying to insert a new device into one of your USB ports but the connector that you’re holding is too big (or the ones already in your other USB ports are) so you wind up not being able to get it connected. This is the best solution to “small port sensitivity” as we like to call it.

Thinkgeek is selling the USB Squid for just $20. This offering gives you four individual USB cords that emanate from just one connection. The cords are very flexible to allow you to twist and snake them to connect to your flash drives, printer, or whatever and make sure that you’re not out of room to add a new peripheral.

Each USB port also has ridges on its top and bottom allowing …