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USB Camscanner Replaces Overhead Projector

Hovercam X500 is great name for the function it performs, hovering over documents to project via camera.  The Hovercam is meant to replace the age old overhead projector we are most familiar with from grade school.

hovercam x500

The X500 USB imaging device has a 5 megapixel sensor mounted on a swing arm that can either scan and recognize or monitor and project anything on the surface underneath. As a scanner, the HoverCam performs as a 600dpi equivalent scanner. Scans are snapped as photos would be, in an instant. No more waiting for the slow trudging of the scan sensor to run up and down the page.
The free software that is included with the X500 is called HoverCam Flex. The Flex is not surprisingly built on the Adobe Air platform, and is a desktop based application that connects directly to their web services. Images can be uploaded, saved, published, shared and OCR’d with a quick drag and drop. The HoverCam Flex service also provides quick integration with other cloud services like Google OCR, Picassa, DropBox and e-Fax. The benefits of the software alone might be worth the $199 asking price of the HoverCam X500.
To get the Hovercam X500 just visit Amazon and you’ll get a better price than the MSRP. Continue Reading

Kensignton Ultra Slim USB Key Board

The all new Kensington Ci70 USB keyboard is ultra slim for those seeking minimal usage of work space real estate.  In addition, the Ci70 includes a small USB hub for connecting those USB powered gadgets. The USB keyboard comes with two full size USB type A connectors to connect MP3 players, cameras and promotional USB drives and one mini-USB connector for syncing mobile phones and digital cameras.

kensington usb keyboard ci70

Kensington indicates the USB keyboard is 35% smaller then a typical keyboard, but don’t mention the height of this “slim design.”  It appears to be about 1.5cm at the keyboard and 3cm at the back where the hot buttons are located. The Ci70 retails for $50, but we found it at Amazon for just a little less. Continue Reading

USB KVM Kit Turns Your Laptop Into Portable KVM Station

Have you ever thrown your hands up in frustration because you simply want to use the Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse of a laptop to access a server or other standalone device?  I have, but never know what product could help…now I do. The Portable Laptop KVM Adapter from StarTech is specifically designed to turn your notebook into a portable KVM station.  Simply connect the adapter between your standalone [or GUIless device] and notebook and you’re off and running.

portable KVM station

I would think the biggest market for such a product are large data centers where they need to access any number of servers without a full KVM installation.
“Aside from a rack mount LCD console, which can be expensive, server administrators and technicians would typically have to use a server room ‘crash cart’, which is a cart comprised of a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Although a typical ‘crash cart’ is somewhat mobile, it lacks the portability of our Laptop KVM Adapter, which provides identical but more convenient control”.
The NOTECONS01 USB 2.0 Laptop KVM Adapter offers immediate BIOS-level access to the connected computer from the laptop control point, as well as the ability to handle full configuration of the attached PC, server, or other headless machines such as ATMs, kiosks and VLTs.

USB portable KVM station

But the portable USB KVM station doesn’t come cheap, the MSRP starts at $470. Thanks Andrea! Continue Reading

Standalone 35mm Slide Scanner

I have mentioned other 35mm Slide Scanners, but today I found one which is 100% standalone, no PC required! This standalone 35mm Slide Scanner allows even the most technologically challenged person easily scan old 35mm slides into digital archives.

35mm slide scanner

In just seconds the scanner will turn your 35mm image into a .jpeg photo file.  You have some options to see the resolution of the digital image, with a maximum resolution of 3,600DPI [dots per inch]. The new jpeg image is instantly saved to the SD memory card sitting inside the 35mm slide scanner. To insure the image is what you expect, the unit includes an Continue Reading

Truly First USB Monitor For Laptops

Typically we see a USB monitor in the form of a screen with some sort of VGA converter with a USB port, like the one from USB Fever, but today we see a different version.  Samsung has introduced a monitor which runs by simply plugging in the USB cable to any laptop.  There is no adapter or converter required.

Samsung USB monitor

The conversion from an analog signal to digital signal is made within the monitor itself, thus eliminating the need for external VGA converter. The Samsung model reports an impressive 30,000:1 contrast with speedy 5ms response time. Samsung did not comment on availability within the states or the pricing, but it’s nice to see the trend of external monitors go the route of USB.  After all, what other connectivity is as simple and convenient? 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

Atek’s New Travel USB Keyboard

Most of us are typical PC users or laptop users and have become accustomed to our keyboard size and key locations, but for a select few, you run off a table PC or Netbook.  If that’s the case, then you’re probably looking for a nice, compact, portable travel keyboard.  Today we found your item.

USB keyboard

The Atek OnBoard USB keyboard is compact in size, layout like a full QWERTY keyboard and sturdy case for portability.  The OnBoard uses a slide out protective case during transit and an inflatable wrist pad for once you’ve settled in.  The keyboard uses a USB cable to connect and has a tight wrap-around storage area for the cable iteself. Atek is proud to divert away from the traditional portable USB keyboards such as fold-up, roll-up and miniature keyboards. The OnBoard has 99 keys (missing are the Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Pause Break, and right side Ctrl and Windows keys) together with separate numeric keys and a full (if squashed) F-key row.  It weighs under 1.4lbs.  The ‘board measures 14-3/4 inches long and the cover can act as an angled stand. Continue Reading

USB Mouse Or Digital Scale? Either Way, You Win

American Weigh company introduces a new hybrid USB mouse which includes a small digital scale.  The precision digital pocket scale goes down to a 10th mark and supports 500g / 17.635oz / 16.075ozt / 321.5dwt weight capacities.

usb digital scale mouse

I would think this be a perfect scale for the small office or front office secretary for quick checking of letters and small packages.  Some of those larger scales take up quite a bit of space. The USB digital scale mouse is available for $59 and a higher weight capacity unit for $69. The USB digital scale will also work as a standalone device without connection with an internal [rechargeable] battery and includes a stainless steel platform in the size of 2.25 x 2.75 inches. Continue Reading

USB Webmail Notifier Lets The World Know You Have Mail

If you have the personality which requires attention from your co-workers, family and friends, then the Brando USB Webmail notifier is definitely for you.  The USB webmail notifier uses a large envelope box which illuminates each time you receive an email.  As you can tell from the picture, it’s quite a ghastly looking thing.

usb webmail notifier

The lighted envelope box connects via USB and comes with it’s own USB client software.  The webmail software runs from the box so even if you can load your personal email server, the simple USB connection will let you get email notifications from Yahoo, MSN, Outlook, Outlook Express and just about any POP3 account. You can set the illumination color to that of Continue Reading

External USB LCD Display

Mini-Box is pushing a sweet little and compact external USB LCD display with a 4 line by 20 character display called the PicoLCD.  At just $49 in single purchase use, the PicoLCD is an ideal solution for those needed an external navigation system for an embedded product or a product with limited space for navigation control.

usb lcd display

The PicoLCD connects via USB and is a full speed device.  With the 4×20 character display you can program to show just about any amount of information you need.  There is a 7 button menu system which includes a scroll up and down and Enter/OK button.  In addition you have the ESC, F1, F2, F3 and Home button. The PicoLCD has a light blue background with white characters making it easy to read in just about any light source and situation. Continue Reading

ION LP-2-Flash Is For The Smart And Lazy

ION Audio has a handful of vinyl to digital audio converter products.  However, the ION LP-2-Flash is their first to directly off-load vinyl audio to a USB stick, USB hard drive and even SD card.  The LP-2-Flash is a standalone, PC-less vinyl audio ripper for simple operation for even the most lazy music junkie.

lp 2 flash ion audio

The LP-2-Flash has a built in SD slot where you can directly load up your flash memory.  The process fully logs, categorizes and separates the audio tracks and digitally converts them to MP3.  If you aren’t into SD then USB is equally available.  Now, connecting your USB stick or HDD for vinyl download is just as easy. Sample rates up to 192kHz.  Wow. Continue Reading

Wireless USB Soccer Ball

I’m sure the Spaniards would order a whole nations worth if these if the announcement was made just a few weeks earlier – with their Euro 2008 win and all. The wireless USB soccer ball is a great way to show your support for the game.  Or a great way to get into the upcoming Olympic spirit.  The wireless USB soccer ball, although Goddy looking, seems plenty comfortable for who-ever drops the $22 need for ownership.

usb soccer ball

Resolution is 800dpi, wheel used as third button, use the mouse up-to 3 feet away, comes with rechargeable AAA Ni-H batteries and good for all Windows operating systems.  USB rechargeable too. Continue Reading

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