Thanko USB-powered necktie clip cooler

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Wearing a suit and tie in the office can make for a hot day, but with Thanko’s latest offering, you can cool down while wearing your monkey suit. The USB-powered necktie clip cooler is just $35. Sadly it’s only available to those in Japan though.

I guess the rest of us will just have to sweat a bit longer. The device is powered by either USB or a battery. Just clip it to your tie and it will send fresh air your way. This is basically just a computer fan mounted on your tie.

Thanko Notebook Desk with USB hub and LED lights

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Thanko has introduced an ugly looking notebook desk that makes up for it’s lack of style by coming equipped with a USB hub, a laptop cooling fan and some shiny LED lights.

The built-in USB hub has 4 USB 2.0 ports, while the LED lights are powered by four batteries or USB bus power. Folks in Japan, who don’t mind a bit of ugly in their gadgets can buy the new Thanko notebook desk for about $50.

Thanko earphones with integrated alarm

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2011

Thanko comes up with a lot of strange gadgets, but at least this time it is something useful. This pair of earphones features an integrated alarm so if your music puts you to sleep, you can always wake yourself up again.

It’s probably most useful for travelers and commuters and anyone with narcolepsy. But if you tend to fall asleep while wearing your earphones a lot, you might want to listen to something more upbeat or drink some coffee.

Thanko pen-sized 720p camcorder

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Thanko has released a tiny HD video camera in the shape of a USB stick. The Video Pen HD will shoot 720p, 30FPS videos from the pocket of your shirt. It stores the recordings onto microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity, and has a quarter-inch, five-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The video clips are 30 minutes in total, and the built-in battery will charge in three hours. Photos shoot at the full five-megapixel (3200×2400) size. An HDMI and USB cable are included and the device can also serve as a microSDHC card reader.

Thanko USB Stapler Hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Every once in a while a truly useful USB-powered device comes along, and this time it’s the USB Stapler Hub from Thanko. It retails for about $35 and is powered by 3 AAA batteries while also giving you a 4-port USB 2.0 hub.

Spare ports and a stapler all in one. It should save you some desk space on your office desk. You’ll be a stapling fool and all your office buddies will want one.

Thanko Bluetooth Handset Digital Watch

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

The folks at Thanko are always thinking. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad. Their latest creation is geared toward those who need both a Bluetooth handset and a watch and don’t mind an ugly hunk of plastic on their wrist.

The Bluetooth Handset Digital Watch from Thanko features a large LCD display that will show your basic call information, the time, and battery status. To make/receive a call, just pull it off your watch and put it in your ear.

Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand turns a camera tripod into a desk

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2010

You know how it is. You find yourself standing in the middle of a field, with your laptop. You have your laptop and a willingness to do some work, but what you lack is a desk. Maybe you like to work among nature, I don’t know.

Well, now you can erect a desk anywhere thanks to this Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand. It’s just an aluminium plate with a 1/4″ tripod thread and air vents, but it allows you to work almost anywhere. Think of the possibilities.

Thanko’s full-size USB keyboard folds down to wallet size

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I want a keyboard that’s truly portable. Something I can fit in my pocket. Well, Thanko has the answer with this full size USB keyboard which starts large, but folds down small enough to fit in your pocket.

Perfect for those who carry around netbooks. It weighs just over 8 ounces and the keyboard plays nice with both Windows and Mac platforms.

Thanko USB Shortwave Radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

Thanko USB Shortwave RadioIt doesn’t look like much, but Thanko just launched its first USB shortwave radio for the masses. The radio is capable of receiving both AM and FM radio signals and you can plug the device into your computer. You’ll need to install software into your computer before you can use it though.

It will also let you record and save programs in MP3 or WAV format. So if you’re looking for a shortwave radio, Thanko’s USB shortwave radio retails for $44.73.

Thanko USB Blanket

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Thanko USB BlanketWinter is upon us my cold and chilly friends, so while you are huddled in front of the fireplace reading the ‘Brick, we offer up some info on Thanko’s latest gadget that will keep you warm. The USB Blanket.

The blanket comes with a built-in heater. Just connect it to a USB port, and it will heat up making all your dreams of warmth come true, leaving you toasty. As long as you don’t wander too far away from a USB port anyway.

USB Soldering Iron from Thanko

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2009

USB Soldering Iron from ThankoThanko’s USB soldering iron is perfect for all of you DIYers, whether you are creating the next great console mod or building a robot from scratch. It’s a portable soldering iron powered by USB or by a 9 volt battery. I don’t have to tell you how convenient it is having a soldering iron that is portable and doesn’t plug into an outlet.

With the USB plug, it will heat up to 200 ℃, or 300 ℃ using both USB plugs. Then 500 ℃ if you use the 9 volt battery. There’s even a handy light built-in. It will only cost you $28, and will be available in Thanko’s English store very soon.

Thanko Microsports MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2009

Thanko Microsports MP3 playerThanko is well known for it’s crap gadgets, but every now and then they surprise us with something a bit more original and different. Thanko has now shrunk the MP3 player into a form as small as 16mm x 25mm x 22mm, weighing just 8 grams.

And you wear it in your ear adding some extra douche to your personality. A very thin cable will allow you to enjoy your tunes. The 2GB and 4GB models will cost you about $55 and $76, respectively. It could sport better looks, but some users are bound to appreciate it’s tiny size.

Thanko’s USB Powered Peeing Man

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2009

Thanko's USB Powered Peeing ManAs far as USB gadgets go, nothing beats a little peeing man. I mean it’s a little man that pees. Your other gadgets don’t pee. It’s probably supposed to be used as a fountain or something, but really it’s completely useless. Thanko simply knows that if they build it, you will buy it…if it pees.

The joke is on you when this mini peeing dude gets water all over your computer and electrocutes you, making you pee your pants. You won’t know if its art imitating life or life imitating art and you won’t care. You’ll just be one shivering electrocuted mess curled up into a fetal position with the smell of burnt ozone around you as that little man continues to just pee away…

Thanko Silent Keyboard EX

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Thanko Silent Keyboard EXThanko wants to help keep your environment silent with an update to their Silent Keyboard with an EX attached on the end instead of a shhhhh. They’ve cut 16.5 dB from the sound of the keyboard and to them that equals $52.79.

Seems a tad pricey for any keyboard, silent or not. But if quiet is your bag and all of that clickety-clack is getting on your nerves, why not give it a shot? It will take your money just as quietly as it operates.

Video Water: Thanko’s mini underwater camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Video Water: Thanko's mini underwater camcorder  Thanko has released a new super tiny camcorder named “video water”. It’s a finger sized water-tight video recorder that can be easily attached to anything. The camera will work under water up to a depth of 20 meters. That way, you record all the fish you want, or record your friend getting their pants pulled down in the pool. Whatever.

Resolution is equivalent to the camera in an ordinary cell phone. Record time is about 6 hours. The video is encoded in .3gp format and the 2GB of memory can hold over 6 hours of video. Charge time is how much use time you’ll get.