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USB DJ Plasma Tube – Get Your Funk On

Get your funk on with this USB plasma tube from Brando.  Using the latest plasma technology this little rod turns into a glow fest upon USB power up.  It pulsates and jams with the beat of the music to create a psychedelic like atmosphere.  The USB plasma tube is also a good tool for testing your rhythm, something us tone-deaf folks would have a hard time with.

usb plasma tube

You can chose a USB plasma tube with either blue, green or red light and just $15 each you might as well get all three.  At just 56 x 78 x 214 mm you’ll need all three too. USB plasma tube product page. Continue Reading

USB Washing Machine Wakes You But Doesn’t Do Laundry

Joe from USB Geek sent me an email about his new USB washing machine alarm clock, I thought we hit the mother-load.  We didn’t.  But lets stop and think for a minute, could we – one day -  have a USB washing machine?  It’s possible if the USB 3.0 spec really boosts the power over the bus to 12v.  Until then, the USB washing machine can only be an alarm clock.

usb washing machine, alarm clock

The USB washing machine plays four crappy alarm clock sounds along with an hourly chime and LED signal.  Perfect for late night slumber. In case you have a military friend you can set the hours for 12 or 24 and power the gadget via USB or two double A batteries. At just $20 you can please any gadget lover who’s a germaphobic and likes to sleep in. Visit the USBGeek web page and get a sample of the alarm clock sounds.  Music to the ears [not]. USB washing machine alarm clock product page. Continue Reading

USB Flower Fan – Gadget Crap

Gadget4All generally has some useful USB gear they sell, but today in my inbox was a USB flower fan that was nothing short of gadget crap. Sorry guys. Powered by USB or AAA batteries you can clutter up your office space with a pink or green USB flower fan. Granted it’s only $12 to buy, but sometimes it’s just more fun taking random items from around your space and creating something yourself…example: this USB fan. BUT, if you are looking for a colorful and playful looking fan to prop up on your PC for the kids during the hot summer months, than please reconsider the USB flower fan. Or if you’ve got a lady friend who’s totally into Disney trinkets and anything gay and colorful like that.

usb flower fan

USB flower fan product page from Gadget4all. Good luck on this one guys! Continue Reading

LOL – Accordion USB Drive

Accordian USB drive, are you kidding me?  This is nothing more than silicone wrapped around a USB adapter port.  Sure you could slap some marketing gargon on there, like accordion USB drive, but we’ll all see past it.

accordion usb drive

None the less, I didn’t think of it so kudos to Jacek Ryn for such an idea.  You can see his little gadget trap at Poland’s Fine Arts in Gdansk. The concept is fairly simple and straight forward.  Put a USB port and memory device into an accordion shaped silicone casing and call it something new. Sorry, but this stuff kills me.Source:  Core77. Continue Reading

Fuzzy USB Animals Might Bug You If You Let’em

The typical UFD sticking out of your laptop is probably nothing more than fancy shaped plastic, or possibly wood or even gold ($6,000). Today we look at the softer, fuzzier side of UFDs. Paul from Technabob uncovered these fuzzy little USB critters, created by a design artist Nifer Fahrion.

fuzzy usb gadget

Nifer Fahrion has two version of her fuzzy USBs. The one above is called Maggie the Maggot and the one below is named Gizzy the Data Worm. I’d opt for Gizzy if I had to choose.

usb animal

Honestly, I think these fuzzy guys are an example of what some kids could do on a rain day to kill some time. Grab some material, glue and let the imagination run wild. I’m tempted to try this myself and turn it into a USB tutorial, but I don’t think anyone would care or try. SO, with that being said – if I’m off base and you digg this kinda stuff, hop on over to Technabob’s post or Nifer’s site and get ready to drop your $66 on a 4GB original. Source: Technabob. As an after-thought, if you are looking for another home-project, how about turning a Pez dispensor into something interesting. Continue Reading

MSN i-Buddy Alerts You When Boss is IMing

msn i-buddyMSN has this exclusive i-Buddy design for their instant message customers.  The idea is providing a visual message when a new instant message arrives.  Akihabara reports the i-Buddy will perform various motions when an new instant message arrives which corresponds to the emotion of the sender.  Not sure how that works, but… The i-Buddy connects via USB port and cable and stands about 3″ tall.  I’m not clear about the details, but it seems you must be apart of the i-Buddy community to use the i-Buddy USB figure.  All features provided by the i-Buddy Community are free of charge, exclusively to those  members. i-Buddy customers can login to express themselves through the innovative functions designed it. Don’t get too excited for this IM buddy, as Japan will be the first to try it, before the i-Buddy community rolls out to other countries. All major browsers are supported by i-Buddy.com, including Microsoft Internet Explorer 6/7, Mozilla Firefox 2, Safari 3 and Opera 9. However, to ensure maximum compatibility, we recommend users to use either Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0+ or Mozilla Firefox 2.0+. Flash player is required to browse certain parts of i-Buddy.com Source:  Akihabara News. Continue Reading

USB Lego Monsters By Mindstroms

lego mindstromWhat could be better than working with USB, robots, legos and our imagination? Our beloved memories of childhood play with Legos has now turned into adult fun with the new robotic line of Mindstroms. The Mindstroms from Lego is based off their NXT Technology whereby a main NXT brain unit controls 5 different robotic functions for you to let the imagination run free. Build anything you want with the legos, intuitive robotic software or get extreme with Lego’s open source developers kit. So what are the 5 building blocks of the Mindstrom units?
  • Touch sensor
  • Sound sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Ultrasonic sensor
  • Servo motors
Through these sensors, some crafty lego design build your robot and communicate via USB for software download and development stages. The world’s next Frankenstein is only a lego or two away. So this is how it works. Build your lego monster with available parts kits.

mindstrom lego kit

Launch the intuitive robot software and use pre-defined commands to build motion, touch, light and other sensory functions.

mindstrom software

Last, connect and communicate via USB to test your functions and ultimately download the finished firmware version to the NXT Lego robot.

usb mindstrom

The USB monster Lego kits, or Mindstroms are available for $250 from Amazon. This is one excellent gift for the 9+ age who’s into computers, gadgets and tinkering.
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DIY: Customized Neon Sign Kit

I believe we have all thought of…or wanted a…customized neon sign over the years.  Whether it be making your kegg’r party that much better, or let the world know you are open for business, a customized neon sign would have fit the bill.  Well, wait no longer.

customized neon sign

ThinkGeek is offering up a customized neon sign kit and it will not only fit the bill, but make a damn big one.  The customized neon sign is $30 to start, then add $7 for each letter, or $5 for each number. The snap-together letters are 2″ x 3″ which connect to a single power source.  There is low heat and power consumption so it’s ultra safe for the front office or the kids bedroom.
  • Sealed blue neon letter blocks
  • Low heat generation
  • Choose from letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Push button control for blinking or steady-on
  • Up to 22 neon letters can be connected to a single Power Supply unit
Even though the customized neon sign for “free beer” would run you $86, it pails in comparison to buying a REAL customized neon sign.  Let your communication juices begin the free flowing.
Available from ThinkGeek starting at $29.99.
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USB Wireless Rocket Launcher

USB Wireless Rocket Launcher It’s kill or be killed in office warfare so you need every advantage you can get and this USB Wireless Rocket Launcher gives you 15 extra feet from your base station to smite your enemies, er co-workers, down. No longer do you have to worry about an abduction of your Red Swingline Stapler, your special neon-colored dry-erase markers or that last piece of your boss’ birthday cake while this Rocket Launcher’s got your back!Purchase the USB Wireless Rocket Launcher online at ThinkGeek. Source: gizmosforgeeks.com Continue Reading

A Living Room of Devilish USB Furniture

I’m not talking about a room full of gadgetry, but how about a couple USB stools with devilish horns and a color matching book shelf to hold all your USB Gear? I found the contempo-slash-corny furniture while digging up some info about a USB bomb. Apparently the designer, Joel Escalona, who made the USB bomb also did a design prototype for a USB drive. He thought to top it all off with a room full of USB furniture.

usb furniture

It’s fair to say this wouldn’t make it into anyone’s living room, except maybe mine, or as the lobby furniture for the USB Implementors Forum. So what does “guarda todos tus demonios” mean? How about Continue Reading

USB Smart Bomb – Sure To Be A Blast

Are you ready to get blown away, USB style? Well Joel Escalona is…and this prototype design yields some interesting insight and reflection. The USB bomb is designed to store your digital content with a visual of deterring anyone from attempting to steel your digital gold. Looks like Joel has some serious content worth protecting.

usb bomb

Although the USB gadget isn’t in production, there are plenty who want to see it made and with such a unique shape and design, an interesting add-on to your work space. If Joel could team up with some security software or maybe use some open source code and incorporate a total self-destruction mechanism for unauthorized users – well, that would just top it off and blow us all away. Wouldn’t it? Continue Reading

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