Flix on Stix video-rental kiosks would replace DVDs with USB drives

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2010

Flix on Stix is looking to take on Redbox by making DVD rentals available on USB memory drives. Flix on Stix would allow renters to either rent at a Flix on Stix kiosk with their own memory drive or get one from the kiosk. The company is hoping to start service within the next several months and they plan to grow to 20,000 kiosks in a year.

The touchscreen kiosk will let users select the movie, pay with a credit card, and then insert their own or get a provided USB drive for their rental. The company says that USB 3.0 drives can take as little as 14 seconds for transferring the file and USB 1.0 drives can take as long as 6 minutes. Pricing varies by the number of days you want to rent, and after the rental period expires the video will delete itself.

Mimoco announces more Hello Kitty USB drives

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This new line of Hello Kitty USB drives from Mimoco should please all of the girls out there. Three creatures from Sanrio’s cute Hello Kitty world are featured. Specifically Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru and Hangyodon.

All three are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. The cap is the head of each Mimobot and they are preloaded with a bunch of content specific to each character like wallpapers and avatars. The price? Only $34.95.

Adata Soccer Jersey USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

Pay attention World Cup fanatics. These cute little guys will keep you company until the next time the World Cup rolls around again. You could get a few of these things and have your own little fake World Cup game.

The ADATA Theme Series T001 Soccer Jersey drives all sport the national flags of your favorite soccer teams and each drive is made of durable rubber, resists water spills, and shocks. They also come with accessories to make your experience even cooler.

Sharkoon USB LANPort puts your USB drives on your local network

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Sharkoon USB LANPort puts your USB drives on your local networkPogoplug may have been the first to make this type of gadget, but now it’s time for some less well known names to offer up similar devices for less money. Sharkoon has now developed their own USB LANPort, which effectively puts USB storage like your flash drives, external hard drives, etc. onto a local network.

Looks like it’s mainly for making multiple drives available to a different machines via customized permissions though. The USB LANPort 100 converts a single drive into a device that can be streamed from locally. The USB LANPort 400 handles up to four USB devices. Both devices support automatic and manual IP address contacts and are available now for €22.99 ($34) and €36.99 ($56).

Second Generation Pogoplug lets you share multiple USB drives over the Internet

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2009

Second Generation Pogoplug lets you share multiple USB drives over the InternetLike it’s predecessor, the new Pogoplug allows for USB drive sharing over the Internet. It’ll cost you $129, has no service fees, takes up to four USB drives, and has Twitter and Facebook integration. It will sync your content with a Mac or PC and let you share and watch movies, listen to music, or view photos directly through the Pogoplug website and on an iPhone.

It also has a drag-and-drop interface and sharing over social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The only downside is that you are relying on the company staying in business in order to be able to share data.

Lego Star Wars Minifig USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2009

Lego Star Wars Minifig USB drivesWe love Lego. We love Star Wars. We also love USB gadgets. Combine all three and you have an instant classic with these Lego Star Wars USB Memory Sticks. These come from an Etsy user from Munich, who has created a whole line of Lego USB peripherals.

Yoda is available along with Darth Vader, and a classic Storm Tropper. They’ve also transformed other Lego bricks into USB keys as well. These cute little mini fig drives will cost you $59.95 and hold 2GB to 4GB of data.

Verbatim TUFF-’N’-TINY USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2009

Verbatim TUFF-’N'-TINY USB drivesVerbatim is all about the tough. We checked out the Tuff-Clip flash drives the other day. Now the company’s latest USB Flash drive is the Verbatim TUFF-’N’-TINY.

The device measures just 1 inch long and is currently available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB storage capacities. Prices start at $19.99 for the 2GB model (Orange), $29.99 for the 4GB model (Green), and $49.99 for the 8GB model (Purple). If you are rough on your drives, you may want to check these out.

Verbatim TUFF-CLIP USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Verbatim TUFF-CLIP USB drivesVerbatim announced today that it is shipping its new TUFF-CLIP USB drives, which are available in 4GB and 8GB sizes. These are aimed at those who brave the outdoors. The drives are outfitted with an integrated carabiner clip that allow them to conveniently clip to your backpack, belt loop or key chain.

The 4GB version is only available in turquoise, while the 8GB model is available in black only. Both TUFF-CLIPs have a password-protected folder to keep data secure on Windows systems, along with a freely accessible folder.

Hitachi SimpleNet turns USB Drives into NAS

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2009

Hitachi SimpleNet turns USB Drives into NASHitachi has released the SimpleTough and SimpleDrive Mini USB drives, along with SimpleNet. At $79, SimpleNet is a useful little USB to Ethernet box that turns the SimpleTough or SimpleDrive into a network attached storage (NAS) device on your local network.

SimpleNet works wirh non-Hitachi drives too. The USB drive appears as a drive on the network so you can easily share your pics, movies, tunes and documents with everyone on your network.

Hershey & Jazwares developing line of gadget treats

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Hershey & Jazwares developing line of gadget treatsChalk this one up as yet another thing that will be lying around your home, waiting for infants and those with Homer Simpson IQs to put in their mouths. Hershey’s is teaming up with Jazwares to develop a line of consumer electronics that will have you craving sugar and running out to get some chocolate.

Look for 1 to 4GB USB drives shaped like your favorite treats. It’s not just USB drives though. Expect some digital cameras, earphones and speakers too, whether they take the form of Hershey’s Kisses or Mr. Goodbar. Prices should be in the $15 to $30 range. No release date yet. Expect them to end up in Halloween bags in affluent neighborhoods…Or regular neighborhoods by mistake.

Ancient Egyptian USB drives

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2008

Ancient Egyptian USB drivesI’m thinking Howard Carter never found such a thing in King Tut’s tomb, but if he had, it would have contained all of Tut’s porn and financial info on his latest gold purchases. Maybe a nude pic of Cleopatra. These USB 2.0 memory drives are available in two models; Sphinx and Egyptian dude. Both hold up to 2 gigabytes of data. They’ll only cost you $22.

Buffalo NAS device doubles as USB 2.0 drive

Posted in NAS by Nino Marchetti on September 22nd, 2008

Buffalo FlexNet

Buffalo Technology has unveiled a hybrid device which marries an “external USB drive and a network attached storage solution.” It is called the DriveStation FlexNet and it will be available around $150 for the 500GB (HD-CE500LU2), $170 for the 640GB (HD-CE640LU2) and $260 for the 1TB (HD-CE1.0TLU2) storage models.

Buffalo says the FlexNet lets one toggle between USB 2.0 and NAS via a single button. It features a 10/100 Ethernet interface and makes use of Buffalo’s USB technology to offer up to “20 percent” faster transfer rates over standard USB drives.