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Snap Power USB Charger

You know a product is a great idea when a couple of pictures describe the entire product. With that in mind, we’ve all seen wall outlet USB charges, but the Snap Power, in my opinion, will rule them all. The design is clever. Installation is ultra-easy. Accessibility supersedes all others. Take a second and just look at it: In my mind there are three things which make this a brilliant wall charger. If you don’t mind me walking you through the obvious, here we go. Or skip the highlights and jump right over to their website: The design is brilliant. The User keeps both outlets available for normal use while a sleek looking USB port is added underneath. At the time of this article there is one USB socket, but visiting their website you can see two sockets, one on either side. They are constantly improving. Installation is very easy. Simply unscrew your current face-plate and replace it with Continue Reading

Morse Code Beacon via USB Board

For those into home-brew programming projects, its easy to make a microcontroller spit out some Morse code with the post shown below. What makes [pavlin’s] take on this project interesting is that it resides on a tiny USB board with an ARM processor. The design for the board is available with single-sided artwork suitable for production using simple methods like toner transfer.

The STM device has a built-in USB bootloader. It can also act as a serial port, which makes the project very simple and a bit more flexible. The only external parts are a speaker and an opt-oisolator.

The program provides a command line interface over the serial port that you can use to program the message and set other options like speed and the delay between messages.

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5 Realistic Looking USB Airplane Flash Drives

Promotional items have been around for years. Coffee mugs, pens, etc are still the default item for marketing manager without an imagination. Back in 2000 the flash drive was the new kid on the block for swag. Flash forward five years and the USB stick was a bit like the coffee mug, old and boring. At about this same time manufacturing processes started improving for using silicon as a moldable material. This is where the custom flash drive started gaining popularity. As time move along, the process and technology got even better. Today we are seeing some fantastic promotional items in the shape of logo’s, parts, products and even airplanes. Today we list five realistic looking USB airplane designs that would get any marketing manager excited about a promotional flash drive. Let’s take a look large cabin cruiser airplane usb, flash drive Here is the Pilatus airplane flash drive airplane, pilatus Here is a Hawker airplane usb airplane, hawker Here is the F16 and F35 planes designed by Lockheed Martin usb jet, F16   usb jet, F35 These are all very impressive designs and certainly a piece of swag any trade show junkie, or even executive, would love to have. Times have certainly changed. The source for these designs is through a company named www.USBCOPIER.com and these products or any customized design can be created, just contact them. Continue Reading

Rip and Tear Gigabytes To Go

Burning CDs is slow and impractical when at a clients site.  In addition, who wants to leave behind their 16GB flash drive with a mix of personal and professional information?  With that said, we designed a small pack of drives we could tear and use when needed.  Since we travel and present files to clients this gives us an easy, inexpensive and creative way to leave files with the client. The design lends itself to the old-school flyers you’d see around town for a local band playing at a pub or someone looking to offer odd-job services.  The physical form factor says it all…quick, easy, here-ya-go. Each pack of four is recycled paper used as it’s chassis/case and COB memory and USB connector (Chip On Board) for the memory.  Each tab is perforated for easy tear and use functionality. The designer Kurt Rampton of Bolt Group offers the drives in a couple different Continue Reading

BlurPort Is Gate Keeper For Your USB Things

BlurPort is putting a cool twist to securing your USB devices.  From flash drives to hard drives BlurPort has you covered. The product can be found (and funded) on Kickstarter right now.  The concept is the BlurPort device is an 8GB stick…but it’s more.  The BlurPort uses a multi-factor authentication method to unlock your digital content.  Meaning you need the knowledge of the password and you need a physical device to act as the token.  What is the physical device you ask?  Simple:  your smartphone. The BlurPort app on your phone will offer many different ways to authenticate yourself, from facial recognition and eye scanning to NFC tokens, even pattern trace passwords. So who wants another 8GB flash drive…well the BlurPort can also grant access to your USB hard drive and other storage devices.  By removing the tail end of the BlurPort you now have a female USB socket for connecting another USB peripheral.  This is where we believe the product is very unique.  The BlurPort (now you can understand the name) is the gate-keeper for all your USB devices.  It’s the digital road block to access and only your dual authentication will grant access. Work flow after the jump: Continue Reading

Weight Management System via USB Fork

In what is easily one of the strangest weight loss ideas we have seen in a long while comes word of a new Kickstarter project called the HAPIfork. The USB HAPIfork or Happy Fork is a smart fork which can track how fast you are eating and make recommendations on how fast you should be eating. Simply put, most people eat their food way too fast which can lead to digestion problems, acid reflux and even weight gain. The HAPIfork can break you of this bad habit as it will tell you when you are eating too fast via gentle vibration. As time goes by, you will naturally change your eating pace and not only potentially lose weight but also learn to enjoy your food more. Best of all, you can track all your meals and eating habits on your computer or Android device – via a free included app – as the HAPIfork will come with integrated Bluetooth and USB 2.0 connectivity. Where this is a wireless electronics device you will also have to plug it into a free USB 2.0 port from time to time to recharge, but this is also a great time to download your data from your HAPIfork. If you think you could benefit from such a device, you should rush over to Kickstarter and make a pledge. Expect to pledge $99 if you want to actually get one when they are made. Though with such a high asking price, you will need to be very dedicated to eating healthier. Continue Reading

Disposible Paper USB Flash Drive

Despite every effort for the world to go paperless, there is always one more idea or product to use it. Today we hear about IntelliPaper USB drives. This is a new technology where the parent company, IntelliPaper, is trying to raise funds for it’s manufacturing. The idea is putting a controller chip embedded between several pieces of paper. From there, USB contacts are created to transmit the electical current of the four pins required to make USB work. Granted, this wont be an 8GB flash drive, but you can autorun a website, store some basic information or embed music for an audible greeting card. The ideas do seem limitless when you watch the video off the start-up webpage at Indiegogo. Continue Reading

USB Interface Board For Home Projects

Helion Microsystems has a quick and simple USB interface board designed for any home project or development project.  The PCB features the HU-320 USB interface IC chipset, and exposes all functions to the 30pin connector of the board.  The PCB also features a software switchable adjustable linier power supply for powering attached circuitry. Feature List includes: All USB interface requirements
  • 20 Digitial IO pins
  • USB-SPI Master / Slave Interface
  • TTL UART
  • USB-I2C Master Interface
  • PWM Source
  • HD44780 LCD interface
  • 8MHz buffered clock source
  • 5V USB Power supply
  • 3.3V Power supply
  • Software switchable adjustable power supply
  • Indicator LED
  • PCB measuring 58x45mm
  • Robust USB-B Connector
The HU-320 is $39.  Visit the factory website for more details.  USB Interface board, HU-320. Continue Reading

Computer On A USB Stick With Processor

For several years we’ve seen many Linux guys post about bootable USB flash drives into portable operating systems like Ubuntu or simplified versions of the OS for children, like Strawberry from SugarLabs via donated USB flash drives. In the spirit of ultra portable operating systems – over the weekend – we learned of Raspberry Pi.  The Raspberry is not only an operating system from a flash drive, but it includes the processor too!  This means the Linux OS is not high jacking the hardware of the host computer, but rather using it’s own processing power to boot into Linux. The developer, David Braben, are shooting for a target price of the Raspberry USB computer to be around $25.  The above prototype isn’t pretty, but hey – what prototype is?  David and his team started this project in the effort to bring ultra low cost computers to less fortunate kids who need and want computer access. A long long time ago, the One Laptop per Child was a program to get $100 computers into the hands of kids who’d otherwise never get a computer. To give you an idea of what this mini USB computer can do, here are the specifications of the prototype:
  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
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USB Recharging

There is news running popping up about a new concept design for rechargeable batteries via USB.  Well, the concept looks cool from a design standpoint, but nothing new in the market place. First, lets review the design.  Taking a double A battery case, the concept is to attach a USB cable so the internal battery can be recharged.  Nice concept if it came out 5 years ago, but why add the additional USB cable.  Why not make the tip a USB connector?  Oh wait, it’s been done. So this brings us to what is already in the market place, the USBCell. This is a rechargeable battery which sits inside the double A battery design case. You can recharge the battery Continue Reading

Steampunk USB Cufflinks Will Break the Bank

We’ve reported on USB cuff-links before, but we’ve never seen them with a steampunk twist…and you know we love USB steampunk gear.

This is a fine set of steampunk design work, with the small gears so well placed inside the walnut case. Very nice. The addition of 8GBs of storage make it usable as well. Granted, the cost of $200+ is steep, but I’m sure it’s a one-of-a-kind art piece. The idea of using them for an event is unique, but I sure wouldn’t want a job which requires them. We’ve read these USB cuff-links are something James Bond would wear…but I’m sorry, James Bond has never been a steampunk guy, he’s much too classy for this cult following design work. Continue Reading

Konect USB Watch Is Best Looking We’ve Seen

Tokyoflash put together this odd USB watch which looks and acts very much like it’s from the future. In addition, it will challenge your cognitive abilities when someone asks you what time it is [see image 3]. The Konect is not only a watch using an unorthodox approach, it also doubles as a flash drive. The USB flash drive, slips out from the right and the blue radial area is the watch itself. From the description of what is what, the Konect also has voice record ability and a lavish setting of alarms. Ability to stream audio live or communicate via Skype when loaded to the USB flash. From the source post at Continue Reading

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