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Dexx USB Flash Drive Seconds As Pen Dock Station

I’ve had the problem of too many highlighter pens, no place to put them and a need for USB connectivity.  Therefore, I’m glad Gadgets2Order came up with this Dexx USB design.  The square design acts as a dock station for your yellow, blue and green highlighter pens.  In addition, you’ve got a USB flash drive for storing those digital files.  Yet, the drive size seems too big for easy use with laptops and front panel USB ports which are set-in from the front bezel.

dexx usb

Never-the-less you can turn the Dexx into a USB hub if the flash drive doesn’t work out. One last deal-breaker is a minimum lot of 50 must be ordered at a 7.92 per unit price.  Probably a good idea on paper [bar napkin no less] but doesn’t seem like the best product idea. Continue Reading

Dressing Up Your USB Hard Drive With a Wrap

It’s good to stand out, let the world know you are different.  These USB hard drive cases from Meninos will help you do just that.  What started out as a contemporary design hobby for friends and family has turned into a full blown business.  The Meninos site offers a variety of dress up USB hard drive cases.  The cases are made of custom acrylic with dual cooling fans, USB port and covered with a vinyl wrapper to set yourself [itself] apart.

usb wrap

You can also upload an Adobe Illustrator file using their template if the bold claim of your “Marlboro” man isn’t enough.  Below are a photo list of the current styles available.  Which one best fits your taste? Continue Reading

USB Beagle Board Is A Developers Dream

usb beagle boardDigi-Key released their USB Beagle Board today which is a low cost, high performance development board for ground level design work. The USB Beagle Board is 3in x 3in in size, includes a powerful 600MHYz ARM Cortex A8 processor, high speed USB 2.0 port, SD port, C64x+ DSP & video acceleration and supports 1280×1024 DVI-D monitors. The ARM processor will handle over 1,200 million instructions per second (MIPS) making it as powerful as most laptops these days. The USB Beagle Board is only $149 making it the least expensive, most powerful development board on the market. Here is a list of other hardware components for the Beagle Board:
  • OMAP3530 applications processor featuring the ARM® Cortexâ„¢-A8
  • 128MB low-power DDR RAM
  • 256MB NAND flash
  • USB 2.0 high-speed on-the-go port
  • NTSC/PAL TV via S-Video output
  • 6-in-one 8-bit MMC+/SD/SDIO connection
  • Stereo audio in/output
  • JTAG header
  • I2S, I2S, SPI, MMC/SD expansion header
  • Power via USB or alternate jack
Digi-Key has created a developers website where a host of applications can already be found. www.beagleboard.org Continue Reading

Mimobot Series 3 Final Installment: C-3PO

Earlier this week Mimobot announced the final installment of their USB Star Wars Series 3 collection. The final character to be reviled is no other than; USB C-3PO. So with the Alliance making it’s only appearance it appears the Series 3 is more about the Dark Side.

usb cp3o

C-3PO is available in 1, 2, 4 or 8GB sizes. The other Mimobot characters reveled, Darth Sidious, Wicket and Royal Guard are also available in the mentioned sizes. Prices range from $40 to $110. Continue Reading

Select Your USB Watch of Choice

Which USB watch would you pick? Our first contestant is this high-end looking watch with 4GB of removable USB flash memory.  Outfitted with:

usb watch

This watch has a plastic case covered by stainless steel mask with brushed silver finish and convex mineral glass with shiny raised index. The USB flash drive fits inside the watch case flush with the contours of the watch case – ready to hold your data safe and secure.
What I particularly like about this watch is the claimed “Japanese quartz movement”  Not sure what that means, but if it’s anything like my Honda, this USB watch is dependable and spot-on time. Next we have the USB Timeless watch.  A geekness rendition of what a watch should really look like.  Continue Reading

Error: This USB Device Can Perform Faster if Connected to Hi Speed USB 2.0 Port

Have you seen this error message before from your Windows machine when a USB device is connected: “This USB Device can Perform Faster if Connected to Hi Speed USB 2.0 Port?” Well, I’ve seen it recently and went through a fairly long process to figure out how to correct it. Surprisingly it’s not difficult. usb perform faster error messageFirst, let me say I’ve found little information on WHY this error occurs and how to avoid getting this error message when a USB device is connected to your computer. From the research I’ve done, this USB error message of “device can perform faster when connected to hi-speed USB” stems from a corrupt setting for a device on your computer in relation to how it communicates with the hi-speed USB host controller. So here is the quick and easy fix: Reinstall the drivers for your Enhanced USB controller. Sounds complicated, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s a simple right click and a reboot. That’s it. Here’s how you do it: Step 1: Unplug any USB devices from your computer with the exception of your keyboard and mouse [if they are connected]. Step 2: Navigate to your Device Manager page by doing: Start > Control Panel > System > go to Hardware tab > Device Manager From this window scroll down until you see the + sign for “Universal Serial Bus controllers.” Click the PLUS sign and another list will expand out. Simply identify the item which references a “USB Enhanced” controller and right click. From the options provided from your right click select “uninstall.”

install enhanced usb controller

You will get a warning sign, but don’t worry. Click OK. Your computer will go through the process of uninstalling the USB Enhanced USB controller. Your computer will then immediately go through the installation process as well. After the re-installation you computer might seem all-is-well; however, your error message will not go away until you reboot your machine. Do that now. If you have any questions or comments hit the forum post for follow up. Continue Reading

Flexible USBee Drive Could Be Next Prototype to Hit the Streets

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.

usbee

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. Continue Reading

EFiX USB Dongle Enables Mac OS X On Your PC

EFiX is the long awaited gadget fix to quickly and easily install Mac OS X Leapord on a standard Bill Gates machine.  The device allows you to install the OS from the source DVD directly to your system without having to tweak the BIOS settings, or anything else for that matter on your beloved PC.

EFiX USB dongle

The USB EFiX dongle uses an internal USB header connector so make sure you have one of those and there’s some additional hardware considerations you’ll need to be aware of.  For example, any Gigabyte motherboard should do but only a handful of USB sound cards are supported.  Check the EFiX site for more details. The EFiX USB dongle retails for about $125 with links on their site on where to buy the EFiX dongle. Here’s a Google video showing the install…a little too boring for a post, but I’ll dish up the link. Continue Reading

USB Key Could Be Key To Your Universe

This company took the term USB Key very literally.  If you’re one who stores back-up information or sensitive data on a USB drive, then this USB key could unlock the secrets to your world – so be sure it doesn’t slip from your possession. The USB key – aptly named – is yet another USB promotional item which could very well be a perfect trade-show give away if your someone like Kwikset or Royal Lock.  Or just a fun shaped for those trying to clearly show others it’s got valuable info on your USB stick.

USB key

The USB key is available in every size imaginable from 512MB to 8GB, fully customizable with logo [as we did with GetUSB.info] and a variety of colors.  Lead time seems to be about 1 week with quantity runs between 500 to 50,000. If you’re looking for a USB key – in the literal sense – check these guys out. Continue Reading

USB LED Message Board with Sound

This isn’t your typical message board at a college campus and it’s no more likely to land you a gig, like a college message board. It’s an LED message board so you can pretty much send a message to yourself or to a co-worker within eye site of your desk. What is different about this LED message board [from others] is the ability to sound out your message as well. USB Geek has an example of a Happy Birthday song for the product which, I must admit, make someone’s birthday kinda fun and surely get a laugh out of the aging recipient.

USB led message board

There isn’t much to the LED message board, just the LED lights which scrolls your message along, a USB connection and simple software to create your message and set sound effects. For just under $25 it could be a fun gadget. What I’d like to do is sync this up with the door-bell so a message would appear to those Mormon folks who always come knocking on my door. Or better yet, sync the LED message board to my Nav station in the car so I can really speak my mind. USB Geek is pushing this for $23 and change. YouTube link. Continue Reading

Mimobot Star Wars Series 3: The Royal Guard

As announced, Mimobot has come out with their 3rd USB Mimobot for the Series 3 Star Wars set.  Today they announced the arrival of the Royal Guard.  In flashy red attire you can’t miss the Royal Guard, and these guys look tough as they’ve got their wand in hand ready to kick some a$$.

royal guard mimobot

So as a short re-cap we have:  Darth Sidious, Wicket and Royal Guard.  See a trend here? Mimoco hasn’t officially released the product for purchase but that comes at the end of the month.  Here is the corporate link to keep yourself up-to-date. Continue Reading

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