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Jetflash V33 From Transcend – Just Another Drive

Transcend has built a great name for themselves with the Jetflash UFD product line. It’s been tested as one of the fastest drives on the market, simple designs which are small and compact. The new Transcend Jetflash V33 is no exception. At just 60 x 16 x 8 mm in size and 7g of weight the 1 through 8GB size would hardly let you know they are there.

usb flash drive jetflash v33

As with all Jetflash UFDs you have the option of downloading the Jetflash Elite software package for personal UFD management. The software suite includes: Continue Reading

24 Hour Fitness USB Mouse

usb exercise mouseHere is a fun way for you boss types to get a grip on productivity all the while making the work place fun. Enter the USB exercise mouse. With this – far from Mickey looking – USB mouse you can view how many words a minute an employee types. Or more appropriately a good keylogger for the kids on monitoring type skills. Although a better fit these days might be for text messaging. The USB exercise mouse is [about] $25 and available for delivery. USB exercise mouse product page. Continue Reading

Modular Chocolate Bar – USB Style

Here we see a Hershey’s bar style USB dock station which is great on creativity but short on functionality. Judging from the picture it’s hard to determine what the LCD display is for as without an internal processor of some sort there is now way to parallel the drives or sort through the data which resides on them.

chocolate usb bar

Now the modular look of the device is interesting and IF you could strip together the drives for a modular type hard drive there might be a buyer out there…somewhere. Even in that instance sharing data on multiple devices would prove useless if one of the UFDs was removed. SO, given the concept design is seems nothing more extravagant than a USB hub with customized UFDs. Continue Reading

Wireless USB Missile Launcher

On the heels of USB missile launcher with webcam we have the Wireless USB Missile Launcher from Dream Cheeky. I’m not sure how much value the wireless missile launcher brings to the table, other than distancing yourself another 15 feet from the firing source, the webcam version with MSN software controls seems a little better.

wireless usb missile launcher

None-the-less, if your boss doesn’t allow Instant Message software on your PC then roll in the Wireless USB Missile Launcher. At 15 feet distance, it would be easy enough to hide it behind a plant and fire “at will” from an office down the hall. Albeit a direct hit on the forehead of your boss would be funny enough, I don’t think Continue Reading

USB Missile Launcher with Webcam – See All the Action

Dream Cheeky has carved out a name for themselves with the USB missile launcher and USB circus cannon. Recently the bloggisphere reported on the updated version: USB missile launcher with webcam. Dream Cheeky partnered with Microsoft on this one and integrated the webcam and control of the robotics through MSN instant messenger. For that reason, it’s called the USB MSN Missile Launcher.

usb missile launcher

This added user experience lets a remote person view and control the missile launcher to pelt the enemy during a moment of weakness. I reviewed the USB Circus Cannon a while back, and if the webcam version is as loud as the circus cannon version, there is no chance of a surprise attack. The launcher comes with a detachable video camera and Continue Reading

Video: USB Engine Isn’t a Joke

GetUSB.info reported on the USB Engine Hub back in June ’07 from SolidAlliance and we scratched our heads on the reason why. Well the product is real (which we didn’t doubt) and below is a short clip of what the USB engine hub can do. What we didn’t report on…or didn’t know at the time…is the USB engine also vibrates during operation. What is comical about this, and you’ll see it in the video, is the USB hub vibrates enough it could easily fall off your desk. So your USB hub could end up pushing your $1,500 DSL camera off the desk and onto the floor. Makes total sense. Can’t see the video? Click for the YouTube link. Continue Reading

Review: PNY IronKey 4GB Flash Drive

Luigi of I4U had some time yesterday to review the PNY IronKey USB 4GB UFD. In short it’s a great security device but you give up performance for such security. The PNY IronKey uses AES encryption which is always on and keys generated by the on-board cryptochip uses FIPS 140-2 true compliant random number generation. Since the IronKey uses the cryptochip the keys used to generate access never leave the UFD (and onto computer).

pny ironkey

The PNY IronKey has an on board stealth browser via Firefox and is entirely incased with a water tight sealant which sits underneath the rugged, outside enclosure. Continue Reading

The Social Network Bubble

I lived through the dot com bust back in the late 90’s and now the internet is buzzing again with Social Media and Social Network sites as our next big cash cow. Even the buzz about Blogging has gotten a little out-of-hand. Today I found a nice YouTube video spoofing the social network bubble and whether it’ll burst as quickly as the dot com days.

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USB Ghost Radar

If you believe in ghosts you believe in Santa. That’s my one line take on the USB ghost radar. However, I can understand my opinion would differ from another’s. For that reason the details of the USB ghost radar is as follows:
usb ghost radar…with an array of sensors, alert lights and complex algorithm the USB radar detects the paranormal by analyzing the sensor data factors and biometric feedback from your skin and lunar-cycle adjustments. For the most part the sensors take in information dealing with unusual magnetic waves in the room.
Now the USB gadget beeps to alert you of change in magnetic waves (possible ghosts) and uses activated LED lights to visually show you intensity of the present paranormal “being.” The LED lights on the USB ghost radar also indicate position of the Scooby Doo target along with possible “risk” factors. It seems this product would have a very niche market. Continue Reading

USB Shroom Lamp – Mushroom That Is

The office space can get mundane at times. Most work spaces I’ve seen include an off-white wall, few posters or pictures with cold hard desktops, so there is nothing left but to stare into the computer screen. The USB mushroom lamp could help liven up your work space. Maybe get your office one step closer to Frank’s Cubicle – after all isn’t this the Holly Grail of office spaces?

usb mushroom lamp

The USB mushroom lamp comes in three different colors; red, green and blue. The distributor, Brando, suggests these glowing gems could remind you of those not-so-long-ago Mario Brothers games, but that’s a stretch. Would you object to an office space looking like this: Continue Reading

USB Man

USB Man is a man of mystery. I’ve got the picture but not the source [for buying]. The USB man takes the traditional USB hub and turns the USB ports into hands and legs. With a USB cable used to connect hub to PC, the USB man is buss powered…meaning it’s best used for small tasks such as copying files from a digital camera or UFD…not the best hub for larger jobs like using a USB hard drive as external storage. For those types of tasks, it’s best to get a dedicated power supply.

usb man hub

The USB man is 120mm x 102mm x 11 mm and costs about $32USD. I’ll post the source link when I find it. Continue Reading

Wireless Belkin 5 Port USB Hub Share’s The Love

Buy.com is currently running a special on the Belkin wireless 5 port USB hub and I thought to share the tip. Right now you can get the $100 wireless USB hub at just $79. The discounted price requires a MIR for the cash-back $20. Being able to reduce the amount of clutter in ones office, even by a cable or two, is always a noble cause. The Belkin wireless USB hub allows you to stream line your office and reduce the cable count by 5. Not bad I must say. Plus you get to share the love [wirelessly] with printers, scanners, network connections and digital cameras.

belkin wireless usb hub

Using the wireless USB hub lets other computers on your network think a printer is directly connected to a PC, so instant and reliable access from any PC to a remote or introvert printer is np.You will need a router to make this bad boy work and transfer speeds will vary by environment and distance. But for $80 it’s worth giving this wireless thing a shot. Belking Wireless Hub product page. Continue Reading

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