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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.

USB Surgeon flash drive

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

USB Surgeon flash driveMedical enthusiasts will dig this flash drive because it is in the form of a tiny USB surgeon. On the other hand if you hate surgeons, you also will love this. Because you can decapitate him.

After a little pretend surgery, you can attach the head once again and hope the little guy has health insurance. If you buy a few of these guys, you’ll be re-enacting scenes from MASH and Grey’s Anatomy in no time. It’s a drive and an action figure.

UD7 USB display reads Tweets

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

UD7 USB display reads TweetsIf you’re tired of looking at your large desktop display to read your Tweets, then maybe it’s time to check out the UD7 USB display. This display will receive and display your Twitter updates, display system stats and other information.

Yes, this is basically a digital photo frame for $30. That isn’t too expensive if you have to see your tweets off your main display. Assuming you can see them at all since this is just 1.5 inches in size. They don’t call it micro-blogging for nothing.

Convert your AC outlet into a USB outlet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Convert your AC outlet into a USB outletWant to update the outlets in your home to accommodate your USB gadgets and do some wall charging? All you need is about 30 minutes and a $10 budget according to this instructable. The project involves just taking two cheap USB chargers, stripping them of their casing and then putting them behind a normal outlet plate.

Cut some USB slots in a regular blanking plate, then do some light electrical work to hook the whole thing up to your power. If you charge a ton of gadgets, this could be pretty handy.

Sony intros smallest USB finger vein reader

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

Sony intros smallest USB finger vein readerSony in Japan has introduced the smallest USB biometric scanner yet, for reading users’ finger vein patterns. This new smallest yet is called the FVA-U1. Sony labels the technology mofiria and says that it’s more accurate and secure than fingerprint readers since it relies on unique blood vein patterns in the finger. The FVA-U1 connects to PCs via USB 2.0.

Mofiria uses a CMOS sensor that reads scattered light through the finger that originates from a near-infrared LED light. The FVA-U1 should ship in Japan on December 18th. No word yet on pricing.

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).

Dell puts out USB-bootable Chromium OS image

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2009

Dell puts out USB-bootable Chromium OS image Looks like Google’s Chrome OS will be getting some support from Dell. The company is making an experimental version of the Chromium OS available for its Mini Inspiron 10v netbook. The OS will be available as a USB key image file, but they are warning users that it’s a risk since it has only gone through minimal testing.

Some of the current known problems include taking up to 10 minutes before the network connection manager can find wireless networks and other things freezing as well. The 8GB image can be transferred to a USB drive only by using a Linux system.

USB Pet Rock is still useless

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2009

USB Pet Rock is still uselessRemember the old Pet Rock craze of the 1970s? Well, it’s back and with a USB upgrade no less. I never understood the appeal of Pet Rocks myself, but maybe that’s because I’m not a sucker. This USB-powered update just sits there, like it’s predecessor and does nothing.

Much like the Tauntaun sleeping bag, the USB Pet Rock was an April Fools Day joke that has turned into a real product. For some reason.

USB Panda Speakers look sad

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

USB Panda Speakers look sadAre you in desperate need of a giant animal head on your desk? One that has large black eyes that hold sadness like an abyss? It’s just what it appears to be, a giant honking Panda head with speakers in it’s eyes.

Why you would want one, we can’t begin to guess. How you interact with it, we don’t want to know. It will cost you $27 if you want this USB-powered speaker. He looks pretty depressing to me. As if he’s begging you to save his dying species.

USB Alien with Illuminated Tongue

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

USB Alien with Illuminated TongueCheck out this awesome USB Alien figure. Since it plugs into your USB port, it must have some storage right? At least 2GB. Nope. Apparently all it does is stick its illuminated tongue out.

The head or limbs don’t even move. Why they wouldn’t give it storage, we have no idea. It’s supposed to be scary, but it’s actually pretty cute. Unless you are a pint sized Ripley, in which case this thing is pretty easy to kill.

USB Hurricane Lamp with color changing flame

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2009

USB Hurricane Lamp with color changing flameThis USB Hurricane lamp allows you to feel like you are in a mine shaft as you type away on your laptop. Just plug it in and it will illuminate your workspace. The flame is color-changing, so you can easily set it to suit your mood.

You’ll be rocking a 4″ plastic hurricane lamp with 7 color changing lights my friend. Only $9.69. What more do you want? You already plug everything else in your USB port. Why not?

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 TV Card Player

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2009

USB TV Card PlayerYour living room still not connected enough for ya? If you answered no, then meet the USB TV Card Player. For $53.99, it allows you to check out all of your favorite digital photos and movies on your TV without the need of any expensive and complicated equipment.

It will read all of your favorite movies from SD, MMC or Memory Stick memory card. Or shove a USB flash drive in it that and you are ready to go. It will do video, plus lots of popular audio formats.

Yeti USB Mic: World’s First THX Certified Microphone

Posted in Microphone by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2009

Yeti USB Mic: World's First THX Certified MicrophoneWhether you are doing podcasts or just host a late night show and need a mic for your desk, at $150 this is the mic for you. Blue Microphone’s new THX certified Yeti has you covered. Plus it’s design makes it look like a hopping robot. The Yeti is the first microphone to earn a THX certification.

Blue Microphone sees that as a validation of its “incredibly low distortion, high fidelity, and balanced frequency response.” Some features include a triple capsule array for recording in stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, an analog to digital converter and a built-in headphone amp for zero-latency monitoring.

USB Humidifier that looks like a Beer Can

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

USB Humidifier that looks like a Beer CanIn the “things that look like other things” category, check out this USB humidifier disguised very badly as beer. Beer normally humidifies your insides with tasty intoxicating brew. This can won’t do that for you. Instead it will make your area all moist while reminding you that you need a beer.

It’s from Green-House of Japan. Just put a filter in the device, fill it with water, and plug it on your PC via the USB port. It costs $64.