There have been many times of late when I have sat back and wondered what Apple was thinking. Sometimes I feel like Tim Cook is sitting in his office thinking up what he can do to mess with Apple fans today.
Even if you don’t like trains as much as this guy… or even this guy… you still might like to collect railroad swag. Here’s something you probably don’t have in your collection already – USB hubs shaped like tiny trains.
Sprire’s SP-K480 and SP-S480 trains replicate old school and modern trains, but in this case the windows have been replaced with USB ports.
The train cars can even be separated slightly (though not completely detached), and when not in use, the USB cable can be tucked underneath the train’s tiny engine.
Oh, and the best thing… They come with LED Righting…
No, I didn’t make that up.
Remember that clever USB hub and drive combo that looked like a pig and her piglets? At the time, it was just a design concept, and now it’s been made real. As a matter of fact, we’re getting a whole series of mama animals and their younglings in USB form.
I laughed at the 12-port USB hubs. I shook my head at the 24-port model. But apparently even that was not enough for some of you. Here! Take the MondoHub! You’ll probably have to steal devices to fill this one up.
I like powered USB hubs, but that doesn’t mean that cute and portable ones can’t be useful too. Check out the Poodle USB Hub that looks like your favorite four-legged friend, but has enough USB ports to keep your gadgets connected when you’re on the go.
USB hubs can be slightly boring, especially when you go through them quickly. It’s one of those pieces of hardware that easily breaks down due to either cheap construction, the constant plugging and unplugging of devices, or both.
We all have plenty of USB gadgets that we use on a daily basis and it seems that we always need more ports. My kingdom for a port! Without enough ports we are always plugging and unplugging things from our computers.
For those of you who don’t keep up on your mythology, Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. In other words, she’s a sex goddess. She is also – thanks to the miracles of modern technology – a desktop USB hub.
We’ve seen plenty of USB drives, but this design is super cute if you like pigs. Funny thing, not everyone like pigs, but we all love bacon. Anyway, this concept USB design by Weplaygod is pretty neat and I don’t even like pigs.
Do you like dogs? Well, I sure do, so when I saw this USB hub that looks like Man’s Best Friend, it put a smile on my face. While it’s not as cute and cuddly as, say, these guys, the USB HubDog is cuter than some other USB hubs.
Here’s a clever new idea for a USB hub.
Designed by Giffin’ Termeer for Kikkerland (and presumably inspired by their earlier Containership Powersupply), the USB Battleship probably isn’t seaworthy, but it is fully capable of connecting your various flash drives and peripherals to your computer.
You’ve probably got a bunch of peripherals that need to be plugged into USB ports. There are plenty of hubs out there, but until now, none of those hubs had enough ports for me. That’s until the 24-port USB hub came out.
OK, so maybe it’s a bit overkill for some users, but I just get plain annoyed when I have to plug and unplug peripherals from my USB ports.
Peanuts fans, here’s a fun way to put a little tribute to Charles Schultz’ canine best friend on your desktop.
This Snoopy Flying Ace USB hub connects up to three of your USB devices while the battling beagle takes on the elusive Red Baron.
I mean look at the damned things. They’re almost as large as those Coleman containers that was all the rage when I was in high school. The droids shake their heads and emit bleeps and bloops, but damn they’re huge.
And this, I believe, is the palette swap = $$$ formula at work:
The droids are also quite detailed, so I’m thinking these are collectibles with some functionality.