After all of the different hacked LEGO USB minifig flash drives out there, LEGO has released official USB minifigs, and they look pretty good. They can only store up to 2GB, but the flash drive is hidden inside the minifig.
We’ve seen NES controllers turned into flash drives and NES cartridges used as cases for external hard drives. But neither of those mods are as awesome – or as ridiculous – as what Instructables user Ed Lewis made: a NES cartridge flash drive with a complementary NES console USB port.
A company called CONVAR introduced an interesting line of external hard drives at CeBIT 2011. Called ByteSpotter, the case of the drive has a hole with a transparent cover over the platters, letting users see both the actuator arm and the platters in action.
I really like my iPhone, and the iPhone 4 certainly has better life than the iPhone 3GS did, but there are still times where I need more run time. Scosche has announced a new portable battery pack called the goBAT II that is now shipping for about $90 (USD).
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.
If you are a fan of odd and quirky USB gear that serves a purpose you will like these new flash drives. The drives come from Bader Models and are offered with a bunch of different commercial airliner logos and colors.
Where is that stupid charging cable? Last spring, Scosche released a cool USB charging cable that folded up into a keychain fob (much like the one you might have for your car). It was a pretty cool design that ensured that you had a charging cable almost anywhere.
Am I the only one who has visions of the dude that invented the USB plug wringing his hands like Mr. Burns and cackling, “This will really piss them off! Muhahahahahah!” What sort of sadistic SOB would design a plug with no indication on the outside which way is up, but will fit into the USB port in one way?
If your phone dies in the woods, how do you charge it? Sure, you can bring a backup battery, but what if you’re out there for an extended period of time? You do have options of solar power, or maybe even wind power.
Texas is a state of extremes. We get some massively hot summers and in the winter, it can get pretty darn cold. We rarely get snow though, which is a good thing. If you live in an area where it’s bitterly cold, a normal jacket may not be enough to keep you from freezing your testes off.
There are never enough outlets in the world. One of the things I hate about checking into most hotels is that there are never available outlets by the bed. Sure, they’ve got free ones on the other side of the room near the desk.
If you are the type of notebook or netbook user that wants a larger screen when you are at home, but you don’t have a video output or spare power outlet available, you might be interested in one of the USB-powered screens that are on the market.