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Cleanliness is Next to USB Geekiness

No one likes the dentist and it’s tough getter there twice a year like everyone should.  So to help fight the war against plaque you can invest a bit of money into this USB toothbrush cleaning kit.  Powered by UV light, the USB toothbrush cleaning kit will sanitize your brush while you’re out getting your teeth covered in sugar-bugs.

USB toothbrush

The UVmini [as they call it] comes in two models.  A USB version and a USB + battery version.  Obviously the second version is geared toward the germ-a-fobes who travel and uses a lithium battery which can cycle 10 cleanings.  I would opt for the battery pack as keeping your toothbrush cleaning kit tethered to your computer’s USB port is a bit ridiculous [yet again, another reason to get a USB outlet kit]. We don’t have any price information as of yet but they should start hitting Pan-Asian vendors shortly. The rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer. Continue Reading

Paper Thin USB Key Turns Magazines Into USB Distribution Method

usb webkey

It’s a bit complicated of a article title, but the point is this:  It is now possible to put a paper thin USB key into a magazine ad to drive customers to your site. This fresh approach to implement USB technology into marketing is extraordinary to say the least. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not talking about a flash drive with storage, I’m talking about a “web key.” A USB webkey is simply a device that auto launches your web browser to a specific web page.  That’s it.  But it’s incredibly powerful. Now a major retailer or manufacturer can send a magazine reader directly to a webpage via a paper thin USB key.  I’d try it just to see if it would work.  I would try it just to see if there was storage on there [if I wasn’t a USB-super-geek]. The process is simple.
  • Step 1 – Open magazine and see the ad
  • Step 2 – Pop out the webkey
  • Step 3 – Connect it to a USB port on your PC
That’s it.  Now your reader is on the web checking out your next greatest invention [Honda Unicycle] To learn more about the USB webkey contact USBcopier. Continue Reading

We Say Thank You to Thanko For Their USB Record Player

GetUSB has seen the Record to USB players from Ion Audio before and we’ve seen these filter into Costco, Wal-Mart and even Urban Outfitters, and now Thanko has joined the ranks with their new USB Record Player.

USB record player

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.  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.

USB vinyl record player

Thanko hasn’t released a US version yet, but you can get one now from Japanese retailers here. Continue Reading

Louis Vuitton USB Platinum Flash Drive

Louis Vuitton USB custom flash drive

Louis Vuitton is getting into the designer USB flash drive market with their new Platinum series Damier Graphite USB key.  This 4GB USB flash drive not only sports a good amount of storage, but a bit more stylish and trendy than your typical custom flash drive. The Louis Vuitton USB stick comes with a  platinum ring, a durable cord – much stronger than your typcial lanyard – and a carabiner that can attach the USB stick to your bag, cell phone etc. The Damier Graphite collection includes matching accessories from Louis Vuitton such as belts, wallets, motorcycle keg and case for iPhone. The USB stick is available for Continue Reading

Star Trek USB Communicator

Not that we’d EVER see a USB device in Star Trek, but if we did, it might be a USB communicator like the one from Gadget4All.  The Star Trek USB Communicator comes on the heels of the most recent release of Star Trek [May 8th].  The movie is a chronicle of the early days with James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

star trek usb communicator

“The Original Series” Replica USB internet phone plugs in and plays to allow users to transfer audio signals via USB. With built-in microphone and earphone, works with Skype, MSN, AIM, Ichat, etc. Includes built-in speaker with 21 different sound effects. What sound effects you ask?  Click the video to find out or drop $44 and experience it live. Star Trek USB Communicator product page. Continue Reading

Copper Case With Encased Gears Steampunk Custom Flash Drive

Here is a great looking Steampunk Custom flash drive.  The creator, Marcos, put a brass shell around the outside of this USB stick, then decorated the outside with miniature gears and watch components.

custom flash drive

It appears Marcos took the USB cap and attached it to the end with some included brass gears and other Steampunk detail. The custom flash drive uses a piston gear from the USB connector to the watch components as a representation of the power from the PC being transferred to the heart of the USB stick. The 2GB steampunk custom flash drive is only $50, is 100% handcrafted and completely unique.  There is limited stock, so if interested get on it. The USB Steampunk can be found and purchased at Etsy. Continue Reading

Ion 35mm Photo Negative Scanner – Not a Single Negative

Ion Audio, the guys known for their vinyl record ripper, expands their analog conversion product line, with the Ion 35mm Photo Negative and Slide Converter. Quickly and easily transfer slide film or 35mm film into beautiful, high resolution, digital images with the Ion unit.  USB 2.0 connection and USB 2.0 port. There is fixed focus range and auto exposure/color balance with high-quality 4 glass optical element to bring you the best quailty of digital copies.

35mm photo negative scanner

Although you wont get the very best image quality the Ion 35mm converter is definitely an economical solution for small jobs or home transfer projects. The product is available at Amazon for well under Continue Reading

Make Your Move: USB Breast Warmers

usb breast warmers

I found this USB powered gadget at Boingboing, and I must admit the author, Joel Johnson does such a great job with the post, I’ve got to publish the whole entry:
Ladies, a question: For years I have offered my services as a breast warmer out of what I must now admit was a desire not for the comfort of your more prominent glands, but instead an attempt to put my mittens on your kittens. But unlike my campaign to make sure your bosom is extraordinarily clean by barging into your shower with gallons of frothy soap — motivated purely by Christian hygienic charity — I was not entirely positive that your mams got, you know, chilly. Do they? That Thanko has created a USB-powered breast warming system has turned my world upside down. In fact, I’m getting a bit dizzy. If only there were some warm, soft place to lay my head.
Source:  BoingBoing via Thanko. Continue Reading

Magnets and USB Hubs – Good Or Bad?

It all boils down to where you connect the magnets.  For the most part this magnetic USB hub is best designed to work with office furniture, cabinets and the like.  Probably not the best idea to set it on the computer chassis – although it wouldn’t do too much harm.

usb magnetic hub

The idea behind USBFever’s magnetic hub is convenience.  Place it where you need it.  There are three magnets on the underside of the 4 port hub with enough strength to hold any combination of USB cables and flash drives in place. The 4 port USB magnetic hub will only set you back 14 USD plus a couple bucks in shipping.Available via USBFever. Continue Reading

Dexx USB Flash Drive Seconds As Pen Dock Station

I’ve had the problem of too many highlighter pens, no place to put them and a need for USB connectivity.  Therefore, I’m glad Gadgets2Order came up with this Dexx USB design.  The square design acts as a dock station for your yellow, blue and green highlighter pens.  In addition, you’ve got a USB flash drive for storing those digital files.  Yet, the drive size seems too big for easy use with laptops and front panel USB ports which are set-in from the front bezel.

dexx usb

Never-the-less you can turn the Dexx into a USB hub if the flash drive doesn’t work out. One last deal-breaker is a minimum lot of 50 must be ordered at a 7.92 per unit price.  Probably a good idea on paper [bar napkin no less] but doesn’t seem like the best product idea. Continue Reading

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