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Tag Archives: USB

Are 49 Ports On A USB Hub Enough?

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Like cupholders, you apparently can never have too many ports on a USB hub, although it’s hard to see how you might ever want more than the 49 that Brando is offering. We imagine this monstrosity is aimed at IT departments who might have to charge the entire office’s inventory of phones or tablets or anything else USB-charged. It’s capable of reliably outputting 0.5A-1.5A at each port without overheating or becoming a fire hazard; you will have to purchase your own ATX power supply for it however, and it’s recommended that you get a 60A 5V supply if you hope to output 1.2A to each of the 49 ports simultaneously. And even though it is totally meant for a commercial/industrial use, at $174 it’s not entirely out of range for the home consumer.

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As Secure As Data Gets: Cryptex Combination Lock USB Drive

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You can encrypt the data on your USB– or you can protect your files the old-school way by using a combination lock. The concept isn’t exactly new (see this Combination Lock made specifically for flash drives released a few years back.) However, Cryptex is different in the sense that the USB drive itself is what’s protected by your code.

Cryptex is a special container which has mechanical combination lock (rotating rings with letters or digits), which people used hundreds years ago to keep secrets. Inside the cylinder there’s a container, where you can keep piece of paper with secret data.

Of course, the drive is rendered useless if you somehow forget the 5-digit combination you’ve set the lock to. It’s still awesome anyway. It’s available online for €35.90 (about $49.)

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Power Tap: Turn It ‘On’ to Let the Electricity Flow

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Everyone’s all about conservation these days. You probably know by now that it’s best to turn that tap off when you’re not using it– but we don’t mean water; instead, we’re talking about power. The Power Tap is a unique charger that looks and works like a typical tap. Turn the handle to let electricity flow, and turn it back to its original position to turn the power off. A USB cable is meant to be plugged into the tap’s “spout.”

Its makers’ goal was to get more people to be conscientious of usage and save energy, although what’ll get people’s attention first is the novelty of the Power Tap’s design. When it’s in the “off” position, the Tap uses 85% less power than when it’s on (that 15% goes on to power the tap’s indicator light.)

It’s available online for $27.50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

 

HashKey Is A 1-key Keyboard For The Hashtag

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Let it be a commentary on our lives today that someone somewhere thought it a good idea to create a one-key keyboard dedicated to the mighty hashtag. The HashKey for the social media junkies out there who spend their days tagging their posts with endless keywords in the hopes that they’ll get picked up in searches, and people will “like” the posts, and they’ll finally be able to convince themselves that it’s not really the posts all these strangers like, but actually them… Or something. The point is you’re looking at a USB-conencted gadget whose only purpose is to generate the ASCII character “#” on your screen. Yes, it’s an actual product but no, you can’t just outright buy it. You’ll have to pledge £18, or roughly $28, to get yours by March 2015. However, the campaign is far from fully funded, and no one is really surprised.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

USB Cufflinks Keeps Cuffs In Place, Stores Your Data

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Keep your cuffs in place and data secure with these USB cufflinks. You’ll literally have two gigabytes of storage within reach at a moment’s notice. The cufflinks are sleek, discrete, and classic, so they go with just about anything. When you need to share a file, save something, or transfer some documents, just pull the top part out to reveal the USB drive.

Each one has a capacity of two gigabytes, giving you a total of four gigs when you’re wearing the pair. The USB cufflinks are available online for about $195.

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inCharge Smartphone Charging Cable Is Super Small, Cute, And Keychain-able

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Smartphone range anxiety is a real issue, with millions of people fretting over their device’s ability to make it through the day the world over. Current solutions involve carrying extra batteries or cables to top your charge up on the go, but these are often unwieldy and not that portable. The inCharge cable however is as inconspicuous as you get. It’s a simple ribbon with a USB connector on one end, and either a Lightning or MicroUSB on the other. It doubles as a keychain when it’s not unfurled and at work. And most importantly, it won’t break the bank: a small $9 pledge will get you one.

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Chargerito Is The World’s Smallest Phone Charger

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Claims to be the “world’s smallest” anything tend to be taken with a grain of salt around these parts. Looking at the Chargerito, however, it’s really hard to imagine the company being wrong in claiming to have developed the world’s smallest phone charger. Just look at the thing. It measures 2.1″ x 1.3″, which is about the size of a standard car key fob. You can just toss this in your pocket and feel the reassurance of knowing that you’ll be able to top up your battery pretty much anywhere you go.

Chargerito is a $19 pre-order, and comes in Apple’s Lightning cable version or Micro-USB.

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3D Printed James Harden Flash Drive: Pull Beard to Access Data

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If you’re a fan of the Houston Rockets, then you probably know who that USB–er, guy–up there is supposed to be. He’s James Harden and he’s an NBA player known for his foundational type of play. He’s also known for his ever-present bear. He probably won’t be shaving it off soon, but you can remove his beard anytime with this fun and cleverly designed Harden flash drive.

At first glance, it looks like a mere miniature model of Harden. But pull the beard and you’ll see that it’s actually a USB drive. Clever, clever.

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Use It, Don’t Brick It: LEGO Flash Drive

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The long wait is over: the official Lego flash drive is finally here. Sure, modders and DIY-ers have made their own equally awesome Lego-inspired USB drives over the years. But the same can’t be said for the lazy, Lego-loving geeks who don’t have the knowhow or are just too lazy to make their own.

The fully-licensed Lego flash drive looks like several plates were stacked one on top of the other. The coolest part? You can use it like a regular brick and stack whatever you want onto it to make it truly your own.

The Lego flash drive is available in a variety of colors and capacities. Prices for 16GB start at $12.99, and it comes with a bonus Lego brick to boot.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek ]