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.
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.
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),
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Razer Pro|Solutions has announced the upcoming release of the Pro|Type line of multimedia keyboards which incorporate built-in docks for either Apple iPod or Microsoft Zune media players.
The keyboards will also include 10 programmable hotkeys for macros (32k of onboard memory for macros), Media Center control keys, Line-level out for audio peripherals and two built-in USB ports.