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Keyboard Keys USB card reader

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2009

Keyboard Keys USB card readerThe Keyboard Keys USB Card Reader looks like…Keyboard keys. You might say it’s the key to the whole design concept. That’s what’s key here. The Keyboard Keys USB Card Reader is compatible with USB 2.0 and supports SDHC, SD, micro SDHC, microSD, Sony M2, Memory Stick, and MS duo cards.

The device is shaped like the Enter and Ctrl key. It’s also compatible with Windows and Mac OS and comes in white and blue. These will cost you $12 each.

Kingston makes DataTraveler 410 flash drive faster

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2009

kingstondatatraveler410-sbKingston announced today that it was increasing the speed that its DataTraveler 410 flash drive offers. The drive has been upgraded to include up to 32GB of storage and with faster read and write speeds. The drive has read and write speeds of up to 20MB/sec.

That is good performance for a flash drive, assuming it actually hits those speeds in the real world. The faster read and write speeds make the drive more suited to use as a backup device and for moving large files. The drive measures 2.58″ x 0.71″ x 0.41″.

Elecom Soap Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2009

Soap MouseWant to send someone a message about their personal hygiene? Why not gift them the Soap Mouse from Elecom. The company just launched this USB mouse that looks like… soap. Soap on a usb rope if you will.

The Elecom M-SP1UR/ M-SP2UR optical mouse features 800dpi resolution and weighs just 65-grams. It won’t clean anything and it just smells like plastic, but if you are a fan of soap, hey why not. It’s available in three colors and retails for 2000 Yen or about $21.

Sony unveils 32GB MicroVault Click

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2009

Sony unveils 32GB MicroVault ClickThe Sony 32GB MicroVault Click is a tad different. It has a simple, yet elegant design. It doesn’t even have a cap to lose and features trouble-free plug & play operation.

Different capacities have different colors and with the Virtual Expander data compression software that comes pre-loaded, you can store more than the allowed space, tripling capacity. The Sony 32GB MicroVault Click comes in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.

iTwin to Connect Remote Computers Easily via USB

Posted in Networking by Darrin Olson on September 15th, 2009

iTwin Remote USB ConnectionA new startup company called iTwin has what they are touting as some simple hardware to connect remote computers together and share information. The iTwin device consists of two USB drives that start out hooked together, but then can be plugged into separate computers to allow instant sharing of files. The designers state they realized that many people understand how to use a USB drive, but small USB drives hold a limited amount of data and lack in security if you lose the drive.

A user of the iTwin drives can connect them to a single computer and drop some files into the drive, then disconnect the second USB drive. The second USB can then be taken to another computer somewhere else in the world and plugged in, giving instant and automatic access between the two computers. A number of hurdles immediately come to mind when thinking about how this could work with everything from individual computer firewalls and port security, to network firewalls, internet connections and authentication on both ends. But, according to the designers of iTwin it basically makes a connection between the two computers as if they have a “cable-less cable”. The file sharing is unlimited and encrypted, and by simply unplugging one end, the other end is left useless for any attempting hacking.

USB mosquito repellent dongle

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

USB mosquito repellent dongleThe USB port is one versatile port. We use it for storage, charging, playing with USB toys and now for the USB mosquito repellent dongle. That’s right, you can now repel mosquitoes via USB. Assuming the device works anyway.

At least it will only cost you $6 to find out. This device generates a repellent field to which some insects are sensitive. My guess is that it doesn’t have a far range. If any of you have tried this, let us know.

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…

Dension unveils new wireless mobile entertainment device

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2009

dension-sbOne of the last realms for users to get always on Internet connections that can be shared is in their cars. We can already get Internet in cars with mobile phones or 3G dongles, but it can be hard to share. A company called Dension has announced a new USB dongle that provides wireless connectivity to users in the car.

The device is called the Wi Drive and is a USB dongle designed to plug into the USB port of a car. USB ports are still relatively rare on cars in the U.S. so the company also offers a gateway that adds a USB port to the vehicle.

USB Cassette MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2009

USB Cassette MP3 playerSome devices suffer from an identity crisis. Like this guy, the USB Cassette MP3 Player. It’s designed to look like your run of the mill outdated plastic cassette, and is even the same size, so that it fits into your vehicle’s cassette deck (assuming you still have one) for portability. It also sports an SD memory card slot that holds all of your songs in flash memory.

Just drag and drop to transfer your files from a computer. The memory size is only limited by the size of your SD memory card. It will cost you $22 and has all of the usual buttons to control audio playback and volume on one side. So is it just an updated cassette or an MP3 player?

Wall-E and EVE USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Wall-E and EVE USB flash drivesRemember that Wall-E flash drive that we featured awhile back? Well, now he has a companion. I present the EVE flash drive. Made by the same etsy seller who created the original.

You can now get them as a couple, the way Pixar and robot love intended. For $120. Who can resist? Wall-E is holding EVE’s pistol arm and defending her in the pic above. These two have a love that knows no bounds and sells movie tickets like nothing else. Now let them store your data.

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash driveWe love Steampunk around here. We’ve certainly featured our share of steampunk gadgets. And this USB drive is another pretty nice example of the art form, but it’s insanely priced at $3000. I would pay maybe $100 for this flash drive. Maybe $300 if I had some disposable money.

It has some great detail work and looks pretty awesome, so it’s a shame that it’s priced so high that no one will own it. Could be a typo, but somehow I doubt it. Now the Steampunk phone from Russia. That I could pay handsomely for.

USB Tortoise Massager

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

USB Tortoise MassagerEveryone knows that despite being slow, turtles are master masseuses. You just have to book your appointment in advance since they take their time. Brando’s USB Tortoise Massager sure looks like it would be relaxing. He’s basically a vibrating turtle with a USB connection that should sooth your tense muscles with his legs.

It’s powered by a pair of AA batteries, not by USB. God forbid he put some power into the massage. How much money would you expect to “shell” out for such a massager? Well thankfully the price matches this little guys power at only $10.

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakers

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakersHere’s a cool USB keyboard that looks awesome. It’s the 400-SKB005 from Sanwa. What sets it apart from your boring regular keyboard is that this keyboard comes with built-in dual 1.5w stereo speakers. It also features blue LED backlighting, for those who type in the dark.

The Sanwa 400-SKB005 is available now in Japan for 7,980 Yen, which is about $84. No word if this will show up outside of Japan, but don’t get your hopes up. This 109 key keyboard just looks cool. The speakers are a bonus.

ASUS uBoom USB Sound-bar Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

ASUS uBoom USB Sound-bar SpeakersAsus has unveiled its first ever multimedia speaker series. The uBoom and uBoom Q soundbar speakers will deliver high fidelity audio and bass through a maze-like reflex port, which is then channeled through speakers specially designed to be positioned within the audio sweet-spot of most rooms.

Both models have USB 2.0 connectivity for audio output along with an interesting design that lets you “dock” your notebook, with the 2.1 notebook speaker able to pump out 24W of audio power.

Terminator 4 T-600 USB skull drive

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Terminator 4 T-600 USB skull driveSolid Alliance has announced a USB memory stick that’s designed to look like a T-600 Terminator skull from Terminator 4 – Salvation. The USB cyborg skull holds 2GB of storage, weighs 42g and supports Windows XP/Vista and MacOS 10.2 and up. The eyes of the T600 are rhinestones from who else? Swarovski.

Cool as it is, the skull will cost you $150. It’s available in Japan right now. If you absolutely need to have it, you might want to contact Geekstuff4u or Japan Trend Shop.