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Thanko Mobile Battery with Handy Mist Keeps Your Phone Charged, Your Face Moisturized

Thanko Mobile Battery with Handy Mist

Where’s that moisturizer when you need it the most? Winter is coming, and the cold air can be harsh on skin. Seeing as most people don’t leave home without their phones (and their power banks!), Thanko’s mobile battery seems like a smart solution to low power and dry skin. Aside from being a portable power source, it comes with a built-in spray that keeps dry skin at bay.

The battery itself has a 2,200 mAh capacity which should give you enough power to make a couple of emergency calls or send messages. To charge it up, all you have to do is plug it to your PC for three hours or so. The Thanko mobile battery with handy mist is available for 4,980 yen (or about $43.)

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Thanko’s USB-Powered Shoe Cooler


If you don’t mind looking a little strange, Thanko Japan has a fun little gadget that could help you keep your feet a couple of degrees cooler than your surroundings. It’s a USB-powered clip-on fan that directs air straight onto your feet, dropping their temperature by a reported 3 degrees Celcius. Yes, that does mean that on top of having to attach a strange looking plastic doodad to your shoes, you have to tether them to a USB port. You’ll be the talk of the office, that much is clear, but at least it won’t be because of how smelly your feet are. If you don’t mind the indignity, it’s 3,480 Japanese Yen (US $34) to own.

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Thanko’s Water Cooled Car Seat Cushion

Thanko Water Cooled Car Seat Cushion (Image courtesy Thanko)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hot Summer temperatures and sealed motor vehicles are a terrible combination. Stepping into a sweltering car and waiting for the air conditioning to do its thing can feel like hours. But once again Thanko has come to the rescue with a device no one realized they needed. Working kind of like the liquid cooling systems that keep high-performance PC humming along, this seat cushion connects to a pump which you fill with a frozen bottle of water. In just 5 seconds it can cool a seat from upwards of 60? down to 28?, and it will keep it cool for up to 8 hours.

It plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter since the pumping mechanism needs power, but it also includes an AC adapter if you’d prefer to use it indoors instead. At almost $200 (¥14,800) it’s certainly a pricey aftermarket upgrade for your vehicle, but totally worth the cost if you opted for black leather seats and happen to live somewhere just below the equator.

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Thanko Cooks Up Their Own Multi-Touch Magic Trackpad… With A Little Less Magic

Thanko Touchpad (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

You can easily use Apple’s Magic Trackpad with Windows while running it under Boot Camp on Mac hardware, or by extracting the necessary Window’s drivers Apple has created for your non-Apple hardware, but this alternative from Thanko looks to be a little easier and Windows-specific. You just have to be willing to give up some of the ‘magic’ of Apple’s trackpad.

And by that I mean the slick aluminum housing and scratch-resistant glass surface, convenient wireless Bluetooth connectivity and possibly 3 and 4 finger gestures, given the Thanko website only shows theirs being used with 2 digits. But on the other hand it’s yet another device to keep your USB ports filled, can be switched between multi-touch gesture and standard trackpad modes, and is available for just ~$36 (¥2,980) compared to the Magic Trackpad’s $69 price tag.

[ Thanko USB Multi-Touch Pad ]

Thanko’s Soundproof Keyboard Cover

Soundproof Keyboard Cover (Image courtesy Geek Stuff 4 U)
By Andrew Liszewski

Obnoxiously loud keyboards aren’t really an issue any more, unless you happen to work in an office where there’s someone who absolutely refuses to give up their IBM model F or M. Like Milton with his beloved red Swingline stapler in Office Space, those IBM keyboards still have a die-hard following, and odds are you won’t be able to make them just mysteriously disappear one night. So as an alternative, you can require the use of these ridiculous soundproof keyboard covers from Thanko.

They supposedly muffle the klakety-klak sound of older keyboards, while still allowing touch typists to do their thing. But there’s even a plastic window for hunt-and-peck types, so it should be able to accommodate everyone in your office. At ~$36 (¥2,980), available from Geek Stuff 4 U, it’s kind of an expensive solution, particularly when you can just reference Office Space again and banish those keyboard users to the basement levels of your office.

[ Thanko Soundproof Keyboard Cover ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Thanko’s 1080P HDDV-506 Camcorder With A Swiveling Lens!

HDDV-506 (Image courtesy Thanko)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a price tag of ~$175 (¥14,800) you probably shouldn’t expect too much from Thanko’s HDDV-506 camcorder, but going on specs alone it looks like a pretty capable little camcorder. It’s able to capture video at up to 1080P resolutions at 30fps, but if you scale that back to 320×240 QVGA you can actually boost the frame rate to 120fps for some slo-mo action. And a 5MP sensor lets you snap photos with a very usable resolution, though it doesn’t speak for image quality of course.

It’s also got HDMI out, 32MB of on-board memory meaning you’ll need to add an SD card immediately if you want to do anything with it out of the box (it supports up to 32GB SDHC cards) and a very unique pivoting lens mechanism that lets you shoot around corners or capture action just out of frame without every having to turn your hand.

[ Thanko HDDV-506 ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Thanko’s USB To XLR Mic Cable

USB To XLR Mic Cable (Image courtesy Thanko)
By Andrew Liszewski

A good podcast starts with a good microphone, and Thanko’s new XLR to USB mic cable (or ‘mike’ cable as their website puts it) allows you to easily connect even the most high-end of mics directly to your PC. It’s both Windows and Mac friendly, with some degree of plug-and-play compatibility I assume, and the 5 meter cable means you don’t have to sit right in front of your computer or laptop to use it. ~$55 (4,980 yen) available from

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Thanko Raremono USB Shortwave Radio


By Evan Ackerman

I don’t know how they do it, but somehow, Thanko manages to keep coming up with gadgets that are silly and borderline useless for most people and yet are potentially just perfect for just enough people that I don’t quite feel comfortable making fun of them. And even then, this USB radio is a more useful than most, considering that it receives AM, FM, and shortwave.

There’s an external antenna jack, and the actual tuning is done via software. You can record anything you’re listening to directly to MP3, and you can even schedule different recordings on different frequencies, sort of like a really cumbersome and old-school Podcast. But I guess if you don’t have internet, then it could be a great solution for you.

‘Course, if you don’t have internet, then you’re not reading this, so what do I care?

$45 at Thanko.

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Thanko Waterproof Mini Video Camera


By Evan Ackerman

Traditional video cameras tend to be really, really annoying in that in order to use them, you’re constantly looking through them and pushing buttons and stuff. So you miss what’s actually going on. Yeah, you’ve got it all on tape or whatever, but you’re missing the experience of the moment. This is why hands-free, wearable video cameras might be a good idea, and this one from Thanko stands out because of its compact size and ruggedness.

At only 2.5 inches long and weighing at under an ounce, this camera is seriously tiny. It’s small enough to wear around your head without noticing or, alternatively, duct tape to any number of things (an R/C car, a model rocket, your cat, etc.) to capture some unique footage. The camera is waterproof to an impressive 65 feet, and will record QVGA (320 x 240) vids without sound for up to 2 hours on 2 gigs of internal memory. The battery is integrated, and it both recharges and transfers data via USB. It costs $135, which is a bit much for such low resolution and lack of audio, but the serious waterproofing might make it worthwhile.

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