Miss the arduously slow process of typing on a mechanical typewriter? Me neither. But if you’re longing for that 5 word-per-minute typing speed, you might want to check out these retro typewriters that have been converted into USB keyboards.
Gaming accessory maker Penguin United is developing a peripheral for the PS3 that will allow gamers to use both a keyboard and a mouse with the console. It’s called the Eagle Eye, and as you’ll see in the demo below, it works really well.
About a year ago Samsung revealed the LD220, a monitor that connects to computers via USB. I’m not sure if this is the same monitor, or if it’s an offshoot, but this is amazing nonetheless – a few days ago the Korean electronics giant showed off an 18.5-inch LCD monitor that not only connects via USB, it’s powered only by USB.
I’m sure Dr. Sheldon Cooper didn’t go to prom, but if he did he would have worn these flash drive cuff links.
Designed by Ravi Ratan, each cuff link has a capacity of 2GB and can be engraved with up to 8 characters, perfect for “LINUXFTW”.
Apparently, USB ports need to be cleaned too. Huh. You learn something new everyday. I haven’t encountered a dirty USB port situation yet, but if you have and it’s preventing your computer and your gadgets from mating properly, then you might want to try out the aptly named USB Port Cleaner from Sanwa Supply.
The latest lighting creation from the UK house of Mathmos is definitely unusual. Designed to look like a couple of globby alien heads, Blob and Flow are what Mathmos calls “touch-sensitive light pets.” I just call them “weird, but cool.”
An increasing number of home theater appliances and media player devices have at least one USB port built-in, which makes it easy to share content from an external storage device, but not directly from a computer.
The Mopho is a monophonic analog synthesizer that is fully-programmable, has a USB port and can process external audio, all in a relatively lightweight package. It has “feedback effects that can range from subtle distortion to extreme skronk.”
Last month, Xbox 360 users were finally given the option to transfer their user data to a flash drive. Note that you can use any flash drive for this purpose, but that won’t stop companies like SanDisk from releasing “official” Xbox 360 flash drives.
…or something like that. The point is, this flash drive is as secure as Maid Marian’s chastity belt. Other password-protected flash drives use software for authentication. Anyone who’s watched a Hollywood flick that involves computers knows that software can be easily hacked just by furiously typing on the keyboard until the big-ass “ACCESS DENIED” in bright red is replaced by an equally big-ass green “ACCESS GRANTED” on the computer screen.
I think the headline pretty much sums it up. I have no idea why anyone would either make or buy this thing, but it’s just too ridiculous to pass up.
The Chicken Burger USB Hub definitely wins the prize for the best and most descriptive product name of the week.
This R2-D2 vacuum cleaner from Taito is perfect for picking up those bits of orange Cheeto dust you left all over your desktop.
The tiny handheld Artoo gets his power from your computer’s USB port and probably provides just enough suction to clean up equally tiny bits of dirt and debris.
Let’s say you’ve got an video game console sitting in your room, and already have a computer with its own monitor. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a computer display with auxiliary video inputs, you’d need a second display for your console.
You know the drill: take a gadget, make no improvements or additions to its functionality but plaster some rare gems on it and voila. You have a world’s most expensive <insert gadget here>.
The World’s Most Expensive Computer Mouse – yes, that’s actually the gadget’s name – is made by Pat Says Now.