However, in the event you plan to swap the 32GB stick from PC to PC there is one dirty little secret you should be aware of…it needs a DC powered USB port. In most situations and applications this isn’t a problem as the device will be connected directly to a motherboard USB port, but you’ll need to pay specific attention to dock stations or non-powered USB hubs.Â To understand a little better, the device controller needs Continue Reading
Archive for October, 2010
Beside the fact of flash being faster than optical, we also save space on the internal SSD drive by not having the reinstallation software loaded, but rather off-line and secure.Â Just be sure to wrap a key-chain around it, the Apple restore USB drive looks pretty small.
“Even the flash drive looks awesome from Apple,” says my colleague who does a ton of iPhone and iPad applications…with a new one coming out.
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A simple example of an app would be syncing your smartphone with the car [via USB] and run Pandora music or Stitcher internet radio.The new SDK from Ford includes access to the voice recognition utilities to help developers integrate voice command applications.Â An example here would be syncing the voice command functions of your phone through the speaker system of your car stereo.Â Developers could also design apps where you ask the car Continue Reading
To give you an idea of the type of problem this Australian company [Skylifter] is trying to solve; a helicopter is the only aircraft which can float in a product of great size or weight to a remote location – but it’s got limitations.Â A helicopter can only carry about 50 tons of gear.Â What if the stuff weighs more than 50 tons? The balloon is 150-meters wide and could carry up to 150 tons.Â The balloon would have a flight range of 1240 miles and would act like a parachute on decent to make a gentle touchdown. A mini RC version of the balloon is now being tested and is 9 feet across. It can carry about 1 pound with a full-size prototype set to start building in the coming three years. Continue Reading
It’s hard to tell from the picture how much bigger it makes your device, but the video after the jump gives you a real world comparison.Â Continue Reading
The kit has a SD and USB connector which talks with the iPad through the female Apple connector you use for synchronizing or connecting to your computer.The kit gives you an easier way to upload images, video and PDF documents.Â It also gives you an easier way to connect your iPhone or other digital camera or video recorder to your iPad.Â Hell, you could almost toss out the PC…oh way, you’ve still got to sync and update. The USB port could also be used to connect your keyboard to the iPad for typing emails, etc.Â Sure you all love the keypad on the iPad, but it’s still not as easy to use as a traditional keyboard. USBFever webpage [$35]. Continue Reading
So what we have here is a How To or USB Hack on running an LED from a Super-capacitor.Â If you are non-technical, then we basically mean a very short lived battery to run the LED.Â A super-capacitor has the ability to store energy for longer periods of time over traditional capacitors – yet still not long enough as with batteries.The concept of this tutorial is to wire a super-capacitor to a USB socket whereby your computer can charge up the capacitor and when disconnected you’ll get about 10 minutes of LED illumination.
Granted there isn’t much day-to-day use with this USB hack, but just a fun little project if you have the time. Over on the Instructables website there is an updated USB tutorial which includes Continue Reading
Whether you are a serious musician or just like playing as a hobby to relax, chances are you have a guitar and a tuner.Â As with most musicians your budget is probably tight or with the casual player you don’t keep up on the up-keep of your gear, so when your guitar is out of tune, you go for the tuner.Â But most likely the battery is dead because A) you didn’t want to spend the cash or B) hadn’t played in so long, the batteries just went dead.Â This is why the solar powered guitar tuner makes perfect sense. Tascam has done a great job with this tuner and thought about including a USB port just in case that tuner was stuffed in your guitar case for too long and you need a quick fix to get back in tune. Released just in time for the holidays and priced right [under $20] with a range of hues to select from: black, pink, orange, green, blue, white. Continue Reading
Today Hitachi is trying to tackle this problem and provide a solution where everyone wins.Â Their ODD Hybrid Drive is the solution. The ODD [Optical Disc Drive] is a combination of a solid state hard drive and optical disc drive.Â Together, the hybrid drive allows the smaller netbooks and soon tablet PCs the ability to have optical accessibility.Having optical is also critical for Windows restore procedures in the event the operating system needs to be restored or repaired. The added feature of this type of hybrid drive is the speed.Â Check this out, Windows 7 boots in about 29 seconds.Â Starcraft 2 Battlenet loads in about 38 seconds.Â Of course these numbers will very depending on your hardware setup, but it gives you an idea of performance. The report from Aving didn’t mention price, but did say the hybrid drive will become available mid Oct 2010. Source:Â Aving.net. Continue Reading