The Hub calls itself a a social enterprise, with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world. They are involved across four continents and 12 cities, striving to achieve this goal wherever they may be. The Hub in London offers an exciting working environment, located in a listed building minutes from Kings Cross station. The building has been fully resorted, striking the balance between old and new, amalgamating original period features with sleek stylish design. According to The Hub the location “offers an inspired place for meeting, working, innovating, learning and connecting.”
During the day the Hub offers a vibrant working atmosphere to its members, providing a cafe, meeting rooms and several other working areas. All within a social setting, one which encourages networking and the co-working at all times possible. In the evening, the Hub accommodates a whole host of lectures, debates and events.
This mobile Ethernet hub from Buffalo is undoubtedly the most effortless way to connect notebooks or desktops together in a hotel room or at a camp site. This 2280-yen ($24) accessory is powered by none other than USB which makes the network device very traveler-friendly as there’s no need bulky AC adapter to lug around. Could be great for offices or simple lan parties too.
With more USB peripherals than we know what to do with—our slim Mac Laptop frequently is plugged up with a mouse, a flash drive, camera cord, iPod Nano and an iPod Shuffle—it can get tough to find ports for it all. A USB hub is a great solution.
It’s not a secret solution, either. We’ve already seen rotary phone USB hubs, DIY’d VHS tape USB hubs and USB hubs made to look like cassette tapes, but clearly the name of the game for most USB hubs is novelty, not subtlety. But now we have something as low-profile as this wall- or desk-mountable USB hub from AudioCubes.com.
There’s hooks to hang the power-socket style hub from screws or use it’s magnetic back to tack the hub to your computer tower or metal desk. Grab one here for $39.99.
Forget about the Cannon USB Hub – here’s something else that will theoretically (in real life anyways) cause much more damage in terms of payload – the Airplane USB hub. Strangely enough, the Airplane USB hub also sports the same archaic USB 1.1 ports as found on the Cannon hub, although plugging in a USB device will result in a fun airplane sound effect. The propeller also doubles up as a fan to help keep you cool when plugged in, assuming the A/C breaks down at the office. You can pick up the Airplane USB Hub for $14.
This rather industrial looking USB hub distances itself from designer quality counterparts such as ones from LaCie. The latest Buffalo ‘expansion bar’ provides four USB ports, whose power can be controlled individually by a switch. So, if you don’t need that peripheral to operate 24/7, you can save some power and hence reduce some carbon footprint by turning off the device. This comes in very handy for those novelty USB gadgets without a power switch so you don’t have to unplug it every time you want them to stop humping.