The HS1 was built for supreme audio with massive 50mm drivers to deliver more accurate low-frequency effects in a carefully tuned acoustical design.Â The clear, low-noise reproduction of the unidirectional noise-canceling microphone lets teammates hear better, and with extra-large inline volume and microphone controls it’s easy to grab and control sounds given the situation of the game. Some other notable points before making the jump to Corsair for full details: Continue Reading
Archive for August, 2010
WWWorks is the profile name over at Etsy and he’s done some nice work on his first release.Â What I like about the style of this design is the lack of gears you so commonly see with USB steampunk.Â Rather, WWWorks put some detail into the design on the brass. So here is a bit of detail about WWWorks.Â Based in Budapest Hungary WWWorks is a computer IT guy by day and a craftsman by night.Â Trying to break away from the Continue Reading
Lets start with the specifications.Â Given the sizes above, you also have an internal 1TB hard drive, ten Diatone system speakers, a USB slot, a SD slot and HDMI connectivity and a pair of 3D glasses. The following might be just my take on the situation, but I’ve found most folks like their DVR [hard drive] to be separate than their TV so that if something goes wrong, you don’t need to ship the entire thing back.Â It also seems that with a USB port on the HD TV, you can now just attached storage. I also find it funny that you spendÂ between $3K and $6K for the above, and they supply you with 1 pair of 3D glasses.Â I’ll chalk this up to bad reporting from the original article and assume at least a 4 pack comes with the set. Finally – is it just me, or does it seem Continue Reading
The USB hack allows you to connect the Dell Streak to a PC for synchronizing with your computer, or simply charging the device from any USB charger [or port]. The modification also allows the unit to appear as a normal mass storage device or removable memory. Continue Reading
One of the beautiful elements of the Trackpad is the wireless freedom you get from using the product.Â For the wireless product you need juice.Â The Trackpad does this via batteries.Â However, some get tired of replacing the batteries [like it’s that hard] and did a simple USB hack to power the Trackpad.Â This hack is not used for communication, that is still done through Blue-tooth, but this is only for eliminating the need to swap batteries or constantly recharge them. To accomplish the hack, remove the pad’s batteries, strip a USB cable down to the red and black power wires and attach them to a battery-sized wooden dowel. Finally, push the dowel inside the pad’s battery compartment and presto! It works. Granted this is a USB hack even my 7 year old could do [less the wire stripping] and I’d recommend making something a bit more elegant. Continue Reading
The USB hack is fairly simple and the ideal project for a young kid looking to do something cool for the first time.Â All you need is a USB cable, rubber duck and some diodes. You’ll need to solder the diodes to the USB cable, then mount the laser eyes correctly and securely into the rubber ducky.Â If the concept doesn’t make sense, you can jump over to Instructables and get the play-by-play. I think one way to increase the coolness would be stuffing the entire USB cable into the duck body.Â Either that, or take another Instructable where you can increase the laser intensity to pop balloons, burn paper and more… but do it with a bit of caution and common sense. Video. Continue Reading
What We Said:Â “Google and Verizon insist that what they’re working on is not a backroom deal for their own benefit but instead a legislative proposal about how Internet content should be managed. All of this may be true – but it still doesn’t look right.” – Editorial, Aug. 9, 2010 What Happened:Â Google has turned its back on its promise to insist on Internet neutralityÂ – the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. Its just-announced proposal with Verizon would prohibit carriers from discriminating against competitors but allow them to charge websites more for better service. It excludes wireless mobile networks, which means that websites on mobile phones wouldn’t even have safeguards against non-discrimination. Because the two companies are so huge – and because the FCC has been unable to issue its own policy on net neutrality – their proposal will shape the debate. What’s Next:Â What’s next: Unless WashingtonÂ is ready to accept an Internet that only works for the wealthiest and most-established websites, Congress needs to step in with net neutrality legislation. And the Google-Verizon pact isn’t even close. They need to go back to the drawing board and get support from consumer groups and Internet users instead of just broadband carriers and web giants. The FCC also needs to step in immediately, by reclassifying broadband under a section of the telecommunications code that’s subject to more scrutiny – and therefore less ability to discriminate.What YOU can do: The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski needs to know where you stand on net neutrality. Send him an email by using our message below.Â It will only take you 3.7 seconds!Â His e-mail is Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov Just cut-n-paste the following: Continue Reading
Just last week GetUSB.info reported on a solar charging USB hub and a USB power strip and for noting more than to recharge your gadgets. It’s clear that USB is the common thread in recharging – and moving forward I only expect this trend to continue.
Speaking of continue, now we have a 13 port USB hub which fits right into your 5.25″ computer bay. I do say, the picture is inviting enough to get this add-on component and integrate it into your tower, but then we’ve got two questions for you. 1) Don’t most people use laptops these days and 2) Imagine all the cables coming out of this thing. I say this because you’ll quickly realize the ports are much too close for anything but cables. Even the most slim USB stick would have a hard time fitting into each port.
What I do like about the design is the power connection you can make to the internal power supply of your PC. This means the 13 port USB hub will support larger devices with more power thurst…say hard drives and large 64GB flash drives.
The 13 port hub isn’t on sale yet, but will be in late August 2010. Pricing was not given. Here is a link you can bookmark to check availability.Continue Reading