CES, 2016. Sony releases a USB turntable, named HX500. Sony will provide backup- software for the Mac and PC and it connects via USB. From there, you can send the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) copies to your computer or device. Of course Sony would prefer you to play them back on their Hi-Res-playing Sony Walkmans.
The DSD audio is a lossless audio quality that will sound more full and rich than your downloaded MP3 file. Andy why not, vinyl records have been making a big comeback the last couple of years.
The Airbar will turn any Windows laptop into a touch screen. Very cool. The technology is friendly with Windows 8 and 10 and this is because it uses Microsoft’s “Gestures” technology to turn your laptop into a touchscreen laptop.
The Airbar was designed in Sweden and made in Sweden. The bar is $50 US Dollars.
The Airbar works by invisible light beams. To get it working you connect is via USB and set the bar at the bottom of your laptop screen, just like you see in the picture.
The Airbar will project light upward. As your fingers break the barrier of the projected light, the bar will translate this into gestures. Through the Windows API for gestures your actions will translate to the programs running.
With the single USB-C port of the new MacBook laptop we knew a power station and/or dock station was right behind. Here is a Kickstarter compaign to address the single port computer and connecting all your peripheral gadgets to your new computer.
The ultimate dock station will power and charge your system using USB’s new Power Delivery specification, while providing an additional alternate mode video output up to 4K resolution, gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, and 4 USB ports. The tall slender design of the dock station packs a number of sockets to support any type of peripheral you need to connect.
In addition, the USB 3.1 Type-C specification supports a feature called “VESA Alternate Mode” which works with the built-in graphics processor on supported systems to provide video output at resolutions up to 4K. This is particularly important given the up-tick in TVs and monitors which are being released with a 4K specification. The other two display outputs in the Ultimate Dock are enabled by the DisplayLink DL-3900 graphics processor, which can support two additional 1080P displays at 60Hz. The DisplayLink driver is still in development, but the Kickstarter campaign claims the driver will have a final release by the time the dock station hits full production.
The Plugable Ultimate USB-C Universal Docking Station supports:
There are two ways to make a USB stick read only. One way is a universal solution and is 100% permanent, the other way is PC specific and a good deterrent. When we say 100% permanent, this means the USB stick is read only (write protected) on all computers, whether it be a Mac, PC, Linux, etc type computer, the USB is read only and the status cannot be changed. The other method flags a USB device to be read only in relationship to the PC it is connected to so that whenever that USB stick is connected to that computer, it makes the USB read only and blocks all write commands to the device.
Most times an IT manager or content owner wants the USB stick to be read only so the files cannot be deleted or formatted off the drive. Another reason for making a USB read only is for the original files to remain the same and blocks the ability for files to be changed or manipulated. Finally, it’s smart to have USBs read only so that virus’ don’t jump onto the drive and possibly spread to other computers.
Let us start with the less permanent way because it’s easier to do and doesn’t require any specific hardware. You will need a Windows7 machine or higher. The Windows7 machine will have DiskPart utility which allows us to perform all sorts of cool things to flash drives, like setting write protection.
Connect the USB to your Windows computer.
To begin, go to your Windows Start and in the Search Field type â€œcmdâ€
This will run your Command prompt.
Next, you will want to get to the C root of the Command prompt and if you are signed in as a user you can simply type cd\ this will get you back to the root of the C drive.
Type LIST DISK
Now you will need to find the USB stick connected to your PC. Most likely it’s DISK 1
With the iPhone in its 8th iteration of the product and most likely you have some older models laying around. Those older models can be put to use, but chances are, you donâ€™t keep them charged up. So after a couple of days without connection, they are dead. I currently use an older iPhone to stream my music at work. I donâ€™t stream from my phone, because I always seem to get disconnect to the Bluetooth speakers after I take a call.
This is why I like the 10 port charging station from USBFever. Itâ€™s got a logical design for holding ten devices. With the USB ports on the bottom, it keeps the plugs from hanging off the wall. Just above the USB ports are hollow channels you can bundle up the USB cable and stash it away. On top are vertical channels to hold your iPhone, iPad, Smartphone or tablet. The vertical channels are tall enough the devices will sit sturdy and proper.
Finally, the design includes a good balance of power output for the devices. There are a total of 10 USB ports. Eight of which push out a 2.5amp power supply and the remaining two are 1amp. This means the charging dock station will power the tablets as well as the larger iPhone and Samsung product while you can leave the smaller phones to the 1amp channels.
The default color is
Doing anything to make your product stand out is the only way to get your company ahead.Â Over the past 3 years, going green has been a very popular theme with many companies.Â Qmadix is another company you can add to the list.Â Qmadix introduces a biodegradable USB cable.
The biodegradable USB cable works like any typical USB cable.Â It is USB-IF certified to guarantee performance speed.Â It comes in Type A and Type B connector styles.Â Qmadix also includes HDMI and 30 pin Apple connectors.
The big difference is the coating put on the cable.Â The USB biodegradable cable uses a plant-based by-product to protect the internal copper.Â The cable will remain stable during use in the home or office, but once put into a landfill, the degrading begins.
We suspect is has to do with moisture levels, but not 100% sure.Â The plant-based coating will biodegrade the cable in about
I don’t think this model has small hands, I think it’s a legitimately large USB mouse.Â With a size of 175mm long and 105mm wide, I don’t think you can argue.Â Or can you?Â Hit our Facebook page and give us some reasons on who or why someone would need a big USB mouse like this…
Voltaic is a company that deals with voltage.Â They specialize in the solar charging to create volts.Â Their latest entry is the Spark.Â The Spark is a solar panel design for tablet and notebooks.
Voltaic is marketing the Spark for the iPad – and why not as there’s plenty of marketing spin going on for Apple tablets.
The Spark will generate 8watts of solar power.Â So for those who don’t have an electrical engineering degree, or simply can’t do the math – one hour of sun to the Spark will generate enough power to run one hour of video off the iPad.Â Not bad.
Weather:Â Panels are waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.
Charge times: About 10 hours in direct sun will fully charge an iPad, other tablets may take less time.
If you have a geeky love one, the following NES USB storage cartridges might stike that cord to make a perfect Valentine gift.Â Etsy dealer 8BitMemory is doing a fantastic job ofÂ mod jobs for NES hard drives like the Zelda cartridge below:
Some live, eat and sleep SuperMario, or at least did when they where younger will enjoy this small USB flash drive cartridge:
Or for the hard cord geek who needs a boat load of extra storage you can pull out all the stops for this 1TB hard drive,
Everyone loves a good USB missile launcher and Thanko has released yet another version.Â The first thing you will notice is the cosmetic change to look more like an Army missile launcher, but Brando reports hardware changes as well.Â The new missile launcher was retooled to have more power for longer distance and the software was updated to be less buggy.
As with all previous models, you get four foam missiles, software which controls the cannons up, down, left and right.Â You have the option to go into stealth mode and turn off the sound effects and of course, all this powered via USB.
Software includes support for Windows 7, although not sure about 32bit verse 64bit.Â Priced right at $36 + shipping.
If you’ve been to this site before, you know we are a fan of USB Steampunk.Â We just received word there is a new kid on the block who’s doing some cool USB steampunk.
This design is coined “Steampunk Scorpion USB.”
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
Yesterday we spoke about Elcom introducing a USB power strip and today we have USB Fever with aÂ solar powered USB hub.Â We where very excited to hear about this product -Â as it seems to be a step up from the introduction from yesterday, and it’s got some great features, but unfortunately, the solar power charging system isn’t for the USB devices which are connected, but rather the built-in LED torch light [insert sad face here].
I understand it would take a fairly big solar panel to correctly power 4-5 devices connected to a USB hub, but it would be nice to see a trickle charge feature for anything connected.Â Like I said yesterday, in our house we have 3 iPhones, a Flip Video camera, two blue-tooth headsets and some other stuff, so a solar powered trickle charging USB hub would be nice.