Lebedev Studio released a prototype USB hub based off a light prism. The creativity and look as very cool with a clear communication of how data transfers through the device.
To bad the colorful USB cables aren’t available and I believe it’s just a design style not yet available.
What do you think?
This USB design fits into the same category as the Sawed Off USB Key we reported about one month ago. The USB Nail generates this look of amazement at first glance, “How did a nail get jammed into your laptop?” Well the answer is quite easy!
It’s just a USB drive. A design company in Denmark, Plankton, came up with this off-the-wall look. Would this change the definition of a “rugged flash drive?” Probably not, but it’s definitely a fresh twist on USB storage.
Plankton is offering up the USB Nail for [about] $46 directly from their site.
It’s probably fair to say most of use have damaged a USB drive while stuck inside a computer by bumping it, jamming it or stuffing it in via the wrong direction. To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the life of your USB stick, designer Damjan Stankovic has come up with a flexible USB device.
The “USBee” is a new prototype design which includes a flexible neck just after the USB connector but still keeps the flash memory usable for data storage. The USBee is shaped like a Bee and has thin wire between the USB connector and flash memory to provide flex under stress.
It does look like a manufacturing nightmare, but hey, if we can build automobiles with robots, I’m sure we can string out some wire between point A and point B to make a flex drive.
In addition, the tip has a rubber flap-back lid for quick access to the USB connector and quick protection for the USB connector. Stankovic calls it the “lid-snap system.” The USBee can also twist, turn and flex in any direction to save itself from your daily abuse.
Cruising around last night, I found CoolBuzz posting some new USB designs – which are far from Cool Buzz. (sorry guys). Lets take a look:
I like the idea of convergence, but a cyber-latte which “fills up” during USB data loading is a little rediculous. Maybe good for a 2nd grader who needs to understand the concept, but I think we are all savvy enough to check capacity using the properties function.
Next up, and along the same line would be the hourglass and pie-chart shape. Wouldn’t you love to have that pie-chart sticking out the side of your laptop? Introducing a heating plate on that huge platter to keep your latte warm might be worth it, but even then a hard sell. The hourglass? Come on. No comment there.
The only product I could see working is the Empty or Full USB device, and this would only work in one niche market. NASCAR.
The Parasolar umbrella performs the very obvious of shielding you from UV rays, but did you know it soaks up those UV rays and converts them to energy? Oded Shorer is thinking outside-the-box with this concept design. The Parasolar pops open a cloth canopy which converts the sun’s rays into electric energy thanks to it’s integrated photovaltaic panels.
The Parasolar can discharge it’s stored energy via a 12v outlet or two USB ports. As UberGizmo points out, this is a great gadget for those camping trips. After all, what’s worse than losing iPod energy while stomping the North 40?