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GetUSB Dealz: 32GB Flash Drive Only $59

Wouldn’t it be nice to get 1GB of data storage for $1 on flash drives?  We are not there yet but getting close.  We are about $2 per GB for this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler.

c10 flash drive

It doesn’t come with the lifetime warranty we typically see, only a 5 year one…but chances are you’ll lose it before then anyway. The c10 drive comes in four colors [Red, Yellow, Blue, Green] and has a full cap design to protect the entire stick.  No word on performance, but the typical flash drive has a write speed of 5.5MB/s and a read speed of 15 MB/s, again not official just our experience speaking here. Just 5 years ago I had a laptop with a 40GB hard drive, now we have flash drives just about as big and much less expensive.  This deal is for a limited time at buy.com and has a normal price of $90. Continue Reading

Off USB Topic – Have You Seen The Gear Ring?

Once again, I am off topic of USB, but sometimes you get ultra cool products that you must mention.  Today I found a great gadget from our buddies at Gizmos For Geeks.  It’s the Gear Ring.

Gear Ring

Very elegant in design and intrigues the engineering in all of us.  The Gear Ring is comprised of 6 mini gears which rotate in unison as you twist the top portion. The product is high quality stainless steel and engineer to very tight specifications.  This makes for an easy and smooth feeling as you twist the ring. Although I’m not a ring guy myself, other than my wedding ring, it is intriguing enough that I’m going to buy one.  It’s not THAT much, only $165.  Ring sizes include 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Source:  GizmosForGeeks. Continue Reading

microSD Duplicator From Nexcopy

Nexcopy announced an all new microSD duplicator line of products which range from 20 ports to 60 ports for data loading to microSD media.  Nexcopy is known for their USB duplicators, and has since expanded out to Secure Digital, Compact Flash and now microSD duplicators.  They had a microSD solution before but it used microSD to SD adapter cards.  This new line of product uses only the microSD media itself, no adapters.

microSD duplicator

Nexcopy reports this could increase production throughput by as much as 30% because of reduced labor involved with the SD adapter cards.
“The microSD duplicator is ideal for telecom recycling centers who need to process and format microSD media left in cell phones and SmartPhones after a contract has expired. With the new duplicators, formatting, erasing, verifying and data loading is a very simple and straight forward process.”
I’m sure many system integrators who are embracing the small flash memory type will also rejoice in seeing a product that will speed up production.  In addition, with telecommunication companies and service providers getting on board with data loading free content and promotional campaigns to microSD as incentives for cell phone purchases. To learn more about the microSD duplicator visit Nexcopy’s product page. Soucre:  PR-Inside.com. Continue Reading

Robot Arm Looks And Works Like Elephant’s Trunk

Engadget posted a video today about a robotic arm which looks and acts like an elephant trunk.  Made by Festo’s it’s an impressive robotic machine.  It appears much bigger than it is, watch the video and you’ll see the arm hand something off to a human.

robotic arm

It really has nothing to do with USB, but just a great video to watch. After watching it, I do wonder how quickly it can move. Continue Reading

Another Great USB Steampunk Product

I have been a fan of USB Steampunk products for a long time.  I’ve even thought about running a Steampunk contest for the most creative, but never gotten around to it.  Today, I’ve come across another great creation which is 100% hand made. The construction is similar to other Steampunk products we’ve seen, made of brass, copper, glass, watch parts and clock parts.  The metal connections from the brass wire outside are made with silver solder and an acetylene torch, which gives it the unique look and feel.  In addition, the maker, put extra time into the fitting and position of the internal components for a solid product.

USB steampunk

The Steampunk device is an 8GB flash drive with a microSD card reader at the tail end, which is a nice twist for someone looking for more storage.  The technology is made of disassembled retail product where the microSD card reader is built into the flash drive.  Clearly the device will show two drive letters when connected to the computer, one for the USB stick and the other for the card reader.

USB steam punk

The price is much higher at $195 then it’s retail original package [about $15], but hey, you’ll never get a great looking, hand crafted USB case like this USB Steampunk. Continue Reading

ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook Out-n-About

We’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for a Netbook to have USB 3.0.  Last month we heard several models coming out while at CeBIT, but still nothing from the manufacturer websites.

ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook

Today SlashGear reported a new ASUS 1018P Netbook with USB 3.0 out-n-about.  You can see the bright blue connectors above.  To give you an idea of what the ASUS 1018P can do, consider working on a Netbook with Intel’s latest Pine Trail Atom N455 and N475 processors, with Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity along with the promise of 10hrs runtime. In addition [and this is good] the 1018P would come with integrated 3G, though there’s no word on whether that will be a standard-fit feature or an upgrade at time of order. The last bit of no-news I guess you could say is no word on price points and no word on availability.  All I can say is Continue Reading

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