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Sony’s USB Power Supply keeps your gadgets charged

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2010

Here’s another alternative to keep your gadgets charged up. The new USB power supply from Sony saves you the trouble of finding a USB port or other source to charge your power hungry gadget.

It will work with multiple phones, media players and many other devices. It sports a dual module design with one input for charging and a detachable power supply that contributes to the portability of the device. All you need to get juiced up is your USB cable.

Active Media Products offers Key Drive USB drive

Posted in USB,USB Flash Drives by Shane McGlaun on June 15th, 2010

There are lots of people out there who like to keep a flash drive on them at all times. The problem is that many folks forget to take one with them that isn’t small enough to fit in a purse, wallet, or on a keychain.

Active Media Products has announced a new USB flash drive called the Key Drive that is made from metal and shaped like a house key. The Key Drive has exposed USB contacts and is only 3mm thick.

Samsung USB powered monitor

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

On the plus side, this monitor is USB powered. Even if it isn’t very portable. Samsung showed off the 18.5-inch LCD monitor a few days ago. It connects through USB and is powered by USB. So how did Samsung manage to accomplish this? According to the company, they did it “by improving the transmittance of the panel and the luminance efficiency of the backlight”. In other words, by dramatically lowering the monitor’s power consumption to as low as 6.3-watts.

Samsung plans on releasing some products just like this by next year. Here’s another drawback though. The monitor is only good for 30,000 hours, compared to 50,000 hours for conventional displays. I guess that isn’t too bad since this is for specialized needs.

USB Flash Drive cufflinks

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

Even geeks need to dress up now and then. Why not nerd things up a little while in your formal attire? The USB Flash Drive Cufflinks can be worn just like any other cufflinks, and they come with your choice of storage size, either 2GB or 4GB.

They are fully functional flash drives. Just be prepared to shell out $195, which is probably more than your suit cost you. Being super nerdy ain’t cheap.

Mathmos Blob and Flow Touch Sensitive Light Pets

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2010

Check out these Mathmos Blob and Flow Touch Sensitive Light Pets. The eyes of the creature light up each time you touch it. Wanna wake up your pet? Just fondle it and it will wake up. You can also make it wink, go a little crazy or put it back to sleep.

They come in blue-eyed Blob and feisty Flow models and are powered by USB or through an adapter. Kinda cute, but also creepy. Those in the UK can pick one up for £35. But really, don’t you have anything better to do?

Light Up USB Warning Labels

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

If useless USB gadgets are your thing, try this one for size. Japan’s latest USB invention are these Light Up USB Warning Labels. Plug them in and they light up, each bearing an English and Japanese warning on them.

Some of the warnings include: On Air, Fasten your seat belt, SOS, Operation in progress, Do not use fire and many more. Perfect for those who need to display a warning in a super small size that no one else will care about.

Robot USB Hubs with USB ports in their arms & legs

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

These awesome retro robots are actually Robot USB Hubs. Each has four usb ports, one on each of their arms and legs. They also feature LED eyes which show you the power status when they’re connected. These USB Robots are available in six different colors and designs, like pink, red, black, light blue, gray and yellow.

They are only $18.95 each. They’re pretty cute. If you buy more then one, make sure they don’t start plotting your demise behind your back. I love robots, so I’ll be getting several of these myself.

Win-star USB 2.0 10-port hub with power adapter

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2010

The Win-star 10-port USB hub manages to look a bit futuristic and the circular shape provides 10 downstream ports and 1 upstream port. It supports the USB 2.0 interface for a data transfer rate of up to 480Mbps. Interestingly, the Win-star 10-port USB hub is also backward compatible with the USB 1.1 interface.

The Win-star 10-port USB hub is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X or later. Each purchase comes with a USB 2.0 cable and a 5V/2A power adapter. We just like the unusual design.

USB Wrist Band Battery

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

This gadget is proof that having some extra battery power will severely mess up your fashion sense. The USB Wrist Band Battery is compatible with a range of devices like your mobile phone or handheld games console. And while you are charging your device, others will think you are wearing some sort of medical splint on your wrist.

It features a built in rechargeable 1500mAh battery and will work with a number of connections like microUSB, Mini USB, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones from manufacturers like Sony, Samsung and Nokia.

U+ USB Hub scans for viruses, demons

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2010

Having anti-virus software on your computer is essential. You also have to worry about getting a virus on your removable storage nowadays too, so designers have come up with this U+ USB Hub concept.

It’s a USB hub in the shape of a cross, that offers an antivirus scanner, allowing you to scan your flash drives, ensuring that the infection doesn’t spread from there. It should also keep you safe from vampires and demons.

Chat Stick lets you find and view Chat Logs on your computer

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2010

The Chat Stick from Paraben is a flash drive type of device that scans your entire computer for chat logs from Yahoo, MSN 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, & 7.5, ICQ 1999-2003b, Trillian, Skype, Hello, & Miranda. It then creates a report in an easy to read format.

It’s useful if you think a family member has been up to no good or if your kid is wasting time chatting when he should be doing homework. The device will cost you $99.99 and will uncover the truth about who has been chatting about what.

Infinite USB Connector concept

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

Here’s a simple but very cool USB plug concept design. Why no one has thought of it before, we don’t know. It should certainly solve the problem of running out of USB ports on laptops. This USB connector has both the male and female connectors, so you can daisy-chain several together and live happily ever after in USB toy land.

Of course, they would get unstable very quick once several are plugged in. The color coding is a nice feature though. This could be very useful.

USB Super 16-port Hub from ThinkGeek

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

If you’re in the market for a new USB hub, then check out this 16 port USB hub from ThinkGeek called the USB Super Hub. It’s not your typical USB hub with 4 or even 8 ports. This one comes equipped with 16 USB 2.0 ports and a 22.5W PSU.

The built-in power supply makes sure that you don’t need an additional AC adapter. There’s also a switch so you can switch the hub between two computers. This convenient hub will cost you $159.99.

Dodobongo USB dog

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010

We haven’t seen as many cool USB toys lately, but this one got our notice. The Dodobongo USB dog comes from the same folks who gave us the USB Humping Dog. This guy isn’t quite that naughty.

When you plug him in, he will bark, get up and move his head whenever he detects a human body nearby. He sure looks like he’s been eating wayyy too much food. Maybe that’s why he’s the “slowest dog in the world.” He even blushes.

Porn Detection Stick finds even deleted naughty files

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

The Porn detection stick(Not the one every man is already equipped with) is described as a “robust illicit image detection device designed to protect your family, business or organization,”. It’s a USB drive that you plug into your computer to hunt down dirty files.

It specifically goes after images and claims to be able to find them even after they’ve been deleted. The Stick works by scanning your photos for signs of naughtiness, dirtyness and filthiness by looking for exposed flesh, suggestive curvatures and “body part separation.”