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The Lacie Huby: What the Heck is That Thing on Your Desk?

The Lacie Huby: What the Heck is That Thing on Your Desk?
This is quite possibly the strangest looking apparatus that I’ve seen in quite some time. The LaCie Huby is a truly odd looking USB and Firewire hub that emphasizes the cables on your desktop, rather than hiding them away.

USB Bowling Ball?

USB Bowling Ball?
A day doesn’t seem to go by without another silly USB device. Today’s useless invention: The USB Bowling Ball. Just try and lug one of these around the next time you need to store something on a flash drive.
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Gold USB(Ullion) Hub

Gold USB(Ullion) Hub
Here’s another in a long line of wacky USB devices: the gold bar USB hub from Thanko Japan. The USB 1.1/2.0 gold bar hub features 8 powered USB ports in a mock-gold style befitting storage in Fort Knox.

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed
The next in the series of Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars USB memory sticks (known as “mimobots”) has been revealed and it’s everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2. Stormtrooper, Chewbacca and Darth Vader models were previously announced. These limited-edition mimobots come in 1GB ($79.95), 2GB ($119.95) and 4GB ($169.95) versions and will start shipping in early January 2007.

Universal Charger Powered by USB

Universal Charger Powered by USB
The Ecosol Powerstick is a universal device for quickly and easily recharging portable devices in a pinch. Designed for on-the-go charging of PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras, mobile phones and other mobile gadgets, the Powerstick hooks up to any USB port and stores a charge in an small lithium polymer battery for later use.

Just Plain Weird: the USB Memory Stick Doll

Just Plain Weird: the USB Memory Stick Doll
As much as Japan provides us with some amazing inventions and top-notch consumer electronics, they’re also responsible for some of the most oddball, eccentric stuff out there. In case you were worried about misplacing your memory stick, or embarrassed by its unsightly looks, you can now hide your USB memory stick in the bowels of this keychain doll from Elecom.

You Too Can be a Crime Scene Investigator

You Too Can be a Crime Scene Investigator
Ever wanted to play detective? Are magnifying glasses too old school? Well now you too can own the high resolution digital microscope featured on CSI. The ProScope HR is a USB-connected handheld microscope that can capture images and video at a magnification level of up to 400x depending on the lense selected.

USB Device of the Week: Hamster Wheel

USB Device of the Week: Hamster Wheel
Every now and again, I like to mention the odd inventions that have been designed to be controlled (or powered) by your USB ports. Well this week, I bring you a new favorite: the USB hamster wheel.

Hp Shows External USB HD-DVD Drive

Hp Shows External USB HD-DVD Drive
The folks over at HP have shown the first of what is sure to be a number of HD-DVD drive add-ons for your PC. Hewlett Packard’s HD100 is an external HD-DVD drive that plugs into your PC’s USB 2.0 port and can read HD DVDs, DVDs and CDs.

Kensington Releases Skype USB Speakerphone

Kensington Releases Skype USB Speakerphone
The new Kensington Vo300 USB Internet Speakerphone allows you to make Skype VOIP phone calls from your desktop using the familiar interface of a regular desktop speakerphone. The phone features a standard telephone keypad and volume controls, as well as an integrated LCD that lets you control Skype without looking at your computer screen at all.

USB Flash Drive Built Into Wristbands

USB Flash Drive Built Into Wristbands
Imation has developed these convenient USB flash drives which are integrated into a rubber wristband (think Lance Armstrong’s “Livestrong” bracelets). The memory bracelets are available in sizes from 32mb all the way up to 1gb of storage and 8 colors.

Cool Cubicle Toy of the Day: USB Missile Launcher

Cool Cubicle Toy of the Day: USB Missile Launcher
Ever wanted to annihilate your annoying office-mates? Tired of your boss giving you crap? Well you can now put an end to all that with the $54.99 USB-controlled desktop missile launcher. The rocket launcher fires soft foam missiles from a software-controlled platform that can rotate and tilt to aim at your target up to eight feet away.

USB Cools Hot Buns

USB Cools Hot Buns
I couldn’t make this stuff up. Japanese gadget importer Audiocubes is selling this device which, when connected to your USB port, and placed under your rear end, cools off your seat. The Thanko USB Cool Cushion uses a USB powered fan to suck cool air in and pushes it out through small holes in the cushion and cool off your derriere.

Your Musical Selection Really Stinks.

Your Musical Selection Really Stinks.
What’s that smell? Could it be Fergie’s ‘Humps’ or Justin’s ‘Sexyback’? Well now you can have a myriad of musically derived fragrances in your home thanks to this wacky new device. TokyoFM’s new USB powered system mixes six perfumes to automatically change fragance based on the music and artist currently playing on their radio station.

Play Your Old Vinyl Albums on Your Pc

Play Your Old Vinyl Albums on Your Pc
The Ion iTTUSB Turntable from Ion Audio lets you digitize your vinyl LPs and listen to them on your PC. The turntable includes Audacity software for Mac/PC for recording as well as a trial install of Bias Soundsoap 2 for cleaning and restoring vinyl.

Another Wacky USB Memory Stick – Made Out of Wood

Another Wacky USB Memory Stick – Made Out of Wood
Every few days, somebody tries to outdo the last goofy USB memory stick design and this one takes the cake for me today. The Oooms (I just like saying that!) Wooden USB Memory Stick is literally a real stick.
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