“The Modern Amulet is a collection of USB keys. It is part one of two concepts for Kopenhagen Fur’s competition; The Golden Fur Neadle. The project from Magnhild Disington’s MA project Deviated Evolution where she worked with the relationship between humans and their portable electronics, and the lack of emotional appeal these products provide. With The Modern Amulet she tried to balance the emotional value between the information we carry and the objects we use to carry them.”
Pointless fashion accessory? You might think the last thing you want to do to a computer chip is to keep it warm – but this makes a nice dongle for design conscious laptops and potentially quite an item for the glitterazi elite – without stirring a big animal rights lashback, I say this one is for the win.
The USB Sofa by cabracega, including 4 sofas with 14Gb for sharing your files. The Sofas contain inlaid removable disks aiming for storing and sharing contents between users. For sharing, the user just needs to plug one of the 7 cables to his laptop USB port. New addition to your workplace cafeteria?
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Despite its rather dubious looks, the SANYO Stick Booster (JYP 3,100) acts as a pretty funky USB rechargeable battery pack. This handy power source allows you to juice up a whole range of gizmos from your iPhone, iPod to any other mobile device with a USB port. It features a stick-type aluminum body design, weighing just 76 grams and comes with two new eneloop batteries that can be recharged about 1,500 times. Expect this to hit Japan on December 1st, 2009.
Like most office addicts I’m a sucker for interesting flash drives, and these beautiful USB Keys are certainly no exception. Created by Brooklyn based design firm BYATM, the flash drives were made to be “the key to love, success and all your photos, files and music”.
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Buckle up for a new caliber in USB devices as USB 3.0 starts getting exploited. Point Grey wows us with their new video camera which they plan to debut at 2009 Intel Developer Forum. What looks like an HD-wannabe webcam is actually capable of pumping full 1080p video at an astounding 60fps. The widened pipe of USB 3.0 actually may make high bandwidth devices cheaper now that they can push raw data through to the host computer’s CPU. Previous devices would have to include additional circuitry to compress the data before channeling to the host. The camera uses a 3 mega-pixel Sony CMOS sensor to capture the 1920×1080 video images.
Since host controllers for SuperSpeed USB have yet to hit the market they’ve formed a special alliance with Fresco Logic. Fresco Logic’s FL1000 controller is used in their test system via a PCI-Express USB 3.0 interface card. We’ll have to wait patiently for the IDF 2009 to find out the price on either the card or the camera. The first host controllers we are likely to see will likely be included on ASUS motherboards and Fujitsu laptops, but we’re still waiting on confirmation of a production date. Check back with us and we’ll update as soon as they are available.
Do you have more than just yourself working on your computer at home or at the office? Ever seen some programs deleted without your knowledge or icons rearranged? Make sure you catch the culprit with the Spy Keylogger that does so much more, allowing you to record the entire list of keystrokes made on the machine. All keystrokes are stored within the 2MB internal memory, and it comes in a USB or PS/2 interface to cater for older machines. This will target suspicious spouses, concerned parents and employers who want to make sure that their employees are giving their best at the workplace. It will function with most wired keyboards, retailing between $59.99 and $74.99, depending on the connectivity option.
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.
The Phantom Keystroker is the ideal instrument for practical jokes, possibly at the office. Once attached to a USB port, the Keystroker will send random mouse and keyboard commands (like CAPS and more…) and random text. It is somewhat configurable with three switches, and you can even set a timer to activate it.
The Phantom Keystroker is not really discrete and would likely work better on desktop machines , but an ultimate version should be pluggable in an internal USB port, directly on the motherboard.