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Lacie Golden Disk: It’s Getting Gold Outside

Lacie Golden Disk: It’s Getting Gold Outside
Ah, Gold. Computer peripheral maker LaCie has really stepped up their game lately, working with world-renowned artists like Karim Rashid and Neil Poulton to help create some truly stunning accessories. Now they’ve enlisted the help of Ora-Ïto to come up with their latest creation, the Golden Disk.

USB Airplane Fan Ready to Take Off

USB Airplane Fan Ready to Take Off
This nifty airplane-inspired desktop fan will help you keep your cool while you’re slaving away surfing the Internet. The fan plugs into your USB port, and has a soft “propeller” that’s designed to not slice your digits off if you happen to get in its way.
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USB Penguin Flash Drives Not Just for Linux Users

USB Penguin Flash Drives Not Just for Linux Users
While the flightless, aquatic avian may have come to symbolize the Linux operating system, Windows and Mac users don’t have to feel left out thanks to these fun penguin USB flash memory drives. Just like real penguins, they wear tiny striped scarves, and their heads flip open to reveal a USB connector (at least that’s what I thought I heard during my marine biology class).

Little Dude Could be My Favorite USB Hub Ever

Little Dude Could be My Favorite USB Hub Ever
There’s something that’s just right about this USB hub. The little guy strikes a near-perfect balance between design, simplicity and functionality (although that’s the one place it falls a little short). Kikkerland’s USB Hub Man has flexible wire arms and legs with a port at the end of each one.

Crosley Keepsake Retro Turntable Adds USB Ripping

Crosley Keepsake Retro Turntable Adds USB Ripping
Crosley portable turntables have been around since the 1950’s. Now they’ve added a modern spin to their briefcase-like record players by adding the ability to easily rip tracks to your Windows PC or Mac. The Crosley Keepsake USB Turntable not only lets you play back and listen to your old albums through its built-in stereo speakers, but includes a USB output.

USB Badge Drive: an Identity Thief’S Dream

USB Badge Drive: an Identity Thief’S Dream
If you’ve got to wear an ID card around your neck for your job, why not put it to some use with this badge holder that’s also a portable storage device. Just plug your SD, SDHC, MMC, Mini SD, RS MMC or MicroSD/T-Flash memory card into the badge and you’ll be able to carry your data wherever you go.

USB Greenhouse Keeps Desk Gardens Growing

USB Greenhouse Keeps Desk Gardens Growing
Here’s a way to add a little green to your desktop surroundings. This USB mini greenhouse helps you easily grow a little garden with the help of your computer The egg-shaped device from DreamCheeky holds artificial soil, seeds and water, then helps your budding garden grow by feeding it with a USB-powered grow-light.

Amphibious Media Player Floats, Docks on Dry Land

Amphibious Media Player Floats, Docks on Dry Land
Here’s a unique digital media player from Japan’s Victor/JVC. It’s a completely self-contained waterproof audio system that can float in your tub. When Victor’s XA-AQ33-W media player isn’t swimming around the bathtub with you, it can head to dry dock in a stand that sits on your bedside table.

The Mix Tape Goes USB

The Mix Tape Goes USB
For those of us who were born in the pre-MP3 era, the idea of creating a custom mix of your favorite tunes and putting them on a cassette tape was one of the most romantic things that you could do for your significant other (unless you happened to include “That’s What Friends Are For” or “The Breakup Song” on there.) The oh-so-clever designers over at Suck UK have put together this kit that lets you make a modern version of the mix tape.

USB Necktie Cools Hot Heads

USB Necktie Cools Hot Heads
It’s a necktie. No, it’s a fan. No, it’s a necktie. No, it’s a fan AND a necktie in one! Yep, leave it to the gadget wizards at Japan’s Thanko to come up with this bright idea. The $25 USB Tie Fan is a giant clip-on that you can wear around your neck, keeping you cool while you sit at your desk. Sure, the whole idea is insanely impractical, given the USB cable you’ll have to attach to your computer, but you’re sure to draw attention from your co-workers when you wear this accessory.

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses
Budding 3D graphics and animation buffs, there’s a new reason to get excited this morning. A company called NaturalPoint has just announced a complete motion capture systems that only costs about $5,000. Traditional (if you can call them that) MoCap systems usually start around $30,000, and often much more.

Classic Cars Get USB Treatment

Classic Cars Get USB Treatment
Etsy shop Dummberry is cranking out these fun USB flash memory sticks using little toy cars to hold in the drives. San Diego artist Becky G. and her husband are currently offering a handful of retro car designs, including the 256MB Classic Low Rider, 1GB Muscle HOTTRod and the 1GB Blazin’ Green Machine.

USB Memory Watch Offers Hidden Storage

USB Memory Watch Offers Hidden Storage
This new watch lets you easily store and transport files wherever you go. While it might just look like simple modern men’s watch, it’s got 2GB of flash memory hidden inside. Just connect the watch using a standard USB cable, and you can move files to-and-from any computer.

X-Mini Capsule Speaker: Tiny Package, Big Boom

X-Mini Capsule Speaker: Tiny Package, Big Boom
This pocket-sized speaker may look like nothing much, but it has some unique design properties that help it crank out some serious low-end. The XMI X-Mini Capsule Speaker features a special vacuum chamber which opens up like an accordion.

Crispin Jones’ Tengu: LED Faced Virtual Companion

Crispin Jones’ Tengu: LED Faced Virtual Companion
SolidAlliance, makers of wacky things like USB drives that look like sushi and other edibles, has just revealed their latest creation. The Tengu is an interactive device that displays an animated face using an array of LEDs.

Mouse + Calculator = Mouse-U-Lator?

Mouse + Calculator = Mouse-U-Lator?
Here’s a combo gadget that seems like a pretty good idea on paper, but I don’t know how practical it really is. This USB device from Lexibook mixes an optical mouse, a calculator and a numeric keypad in a single package. It’s got a full calculator with an LCD screen and the mouse even has a scroll wheel.
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