Do you drink cans of soda to keep motivated during the day at work? You could get up from your desk and walk over to the vending machine, but that requires too much effort. What you need is your own desktop soda vending machine.
Thanko is a Japanese gadget firm that makes just about anything you can think of and a slew of things sane people wouldn’t think to plug their your USB ports. If you need a set of Santa boots to warm your feet using USB power, Thanko has it.
While there are many futuristic uses for the heads-up display in Google Glass, several people I’ve met who were wearing them used them primarily to capture images and videos from their personal point of view. So if you don’t want to spend $1500 on a pair of real Google Glasses, you can get the camera part for less than 1/10th that cost.
If you’re one of those people that are concerned about the quality of the air you breathe when indoors, Thanko has a new USB-powered air purifier to keep things fresh. The air purifier plugs into the USB port on your computer and slurps up the bad air, filters it, and then spits it back out for you to breathe.
At first glance, I was all prepared to make fun of Thanko’s latest USB-powered product, then I realized it’s genius. If you don’t understand how useful a brush that blows a mist in your hair could be, you obviously don’t have a stubborn eight-year-old girl at home.
With TVs getting smarter and computers getting smaller, Internet-connected TVs and home theaters will only become more common. So will peripherals designed to be used for couch computing, like this wireless glove mouse from Thanko.
No thanks to global warming, the weather on this side of the world has been pretty crazy. It could be extremely hot and sunny one moment, and raining cats and dogs the next. Now this cap with an embedded solar-powered fan might not be totally all-weather, but it comes pretty close.
We’ve already seen a number of keyboard cases for the iPad that are going for the laptop look. Here’s a case that has just the right color to make the iPad 2 look a lot like a MacBook Air, although it’s actually made of plastic.
If you have been sitting in front of the computer all day long, your eyes could use a rest. They get all tired and dry, maybe even cold. You could always use an ice pack or a hot towel, but those are messy.
If you’ve got a fancy high-end car, you might already have heated or even air-conditioned seats. But for those of us slumming it without such schmancy features in our rides, there’s now a way to keep our butts cool on even the hottest Summer days.
This new adapter from Thanko lets users output video from an iPad, iPhone 4 or 4th gen iPod Touch to any HDMI-equipped display (via an HDMI cable of course) without fear of running out of juice, as long as you have a spare powered USB port nearby.
There must be a market for these teeny tiny cameras, which is why Thanko just released another one. The MAME-CAM DX [JP] is miniature digital camera that’s currently only available in Japan, but you can probably find a way to get them in the US thanks to importers.
I’ve never been one to mix water with electronics, but if your laptop is generating too much heat, then you need to do something about it, right? This portable waterbed for your laptop should get the job done.
While face masks are only common in the US in hospitals, you will see quite a lot of them in Asia. It’s strange at first, but you quickly get used to it. When everyone is wearing a face mask, people try to distinguish themselves in other ways, including this strange kitty face mask by Thanko.