Archive for September, 2009
LaCie teamed with Cabasse to produce a high quality USB Speaker product at a low price.Â With a Class D Digital Amplifier, magnetic shielding, a bass reflex system, and a 30W total peak system output, the Sound2 Speakers provide amazing sound quality. Cabasseâ€™s own Wide Band Driver comes Continue Reading
The default size for all the Hello Kitty USB drives are 2GB at $25.Â You can double the capacity to 4GB for just another $10 dollars.Â Or you can double the price [total cost $50] for the 8GB version. If you aren’t down with the business model of Mimco and their Mimobots, then all their styles are limited edition, so if you are a Hello Kitty fanatic, you better act fast.Â Traditionally they only make 2,000 of each model. Here is the landing page for the USB Hello Kitty product line. Continue Reading
I would think the biggest market for such a product are large data centers where they need to access any number of servers without a full KVM installation.
â€œAside from a rack mount LCD console, which can be expensive, server administrators and technicians would typically have to use a server room â€˜crash cartâ€™, which is a cart comprised of a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Although a typical â€˜crash cartâ€™ is somewhat mobile, it lacks the portability of our Laptop KVM Adapter, which provides identical but more convenient controlâ€.The NOTECONS01 USB 2.0 Laptop KVM Adapter offers immediate BIOS-level access to the connected computer from the laptop control point, as well as the ability to handle full configuration of the attached PC, server, or other headless machines such as ATMs, kiosks and VLTs.
But the portable USB KVM station doesn’t come cheap, the MSRP starts at $470. Thanks Andrea! Continue Reading
Robert Cary the CIO for the Navy states. “In the future, we expect that a government-owned and procured USB flash media that is uniquely and electronically identifiable for use in support of mission-essential functions on DoD networks will be permitted for use by authorized individuals,” Cary said in his blog. “The bottom line is, the days of using personally owned flash media or using flash media collected at conferences or trade shows are long gone. What we connect to our home PCs is very different from what is and will be allowed to occur on DON [Department of Navy] networks.”This policy is more in line with what I’d expect from the military and devices like the Encryptakey I would think become a staple at locations like the Pentagon. Source:Â DarkReading. Continue Reading
I can’t post the video of the USB Ferris Wheel working, but click over to the Brando site and check it out yourself. I really shouldn’t have posted this useless USB novelty.Â [$30 + shipping] Continue Reading
2010 will be a fun year of USB reporting and blogging with USB 3.0 just starting to break with new products. Today we have the first USB 3.0 WebCam from Point Grey. The webcam has the bandwidth and capability to push a full 1080p video stream without compression.
Since USB host controllers are not yet available, Point Grey has teamed with Fresco Logic to include a USB 3.0 PCI interface card.
EverythingUSB brings up a good point with these new USB 3.0 devices, they will actually become cheaper than their slower, 2.0 predecessors. The reason being: less logic and hardware is required inside the device to do processing such as compression and decompression, USB 3.0 now simply push the data through the pipe.
The Point Grey Webcamera is slatted to display at the IDF 2009 conference in San Fransicso in a couple weeks.
Point Grey USB webcam product page [here].Continue Reading
The USB Windows IceBox includes recovery software for your hard drive and has the ability to block virus software or malware programs from getting into your computer. From my perspective, it’s a nice little tool, but if you have the smarts to partition up your hard drive, you probably have the smarts to create multiple users as well.Â See the USB Windows IceBox will lock down your partitions when you walk away [certain amount of idle time] but you can do the same thing with User Login priveleges.Â Just don’t give your kids Continue Reading
Granted, it’s not designed with the same conversion tools that Ion Audio has, but it does work with Windows Sound Record or Mac’s Garage Band, so conversion of vinyl to MP3 is totally possible.Â In fact, many might prefer their standard apps to do the conversion rather than deal with a 3rd party software package. Either way, the Thanko USB Record Player is a nice addition to that old-school sound for just $100 bucks.
Thanko hasn’t released a US version yet, but you can get one now from Japanese retailers here. Continue Reading