For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

Tag Archives: USB

This e-Cig Is A Little Different Than Regular e-Cigs

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 6.57.24 PM

Electronic cigarettes are quickly becoming a popular alternative to smoking, as well as being a quitting aid for many. They work by vaporizing a mixture of propylene glycol, flavor and nicotine, which is supposed to be less lethal than their analogue counterparts. But anyone who’s ever tried one knows that they’re quite far from the real thing, both in taste and “feel”. It’s a small price to pay for a “healthier vice”, however the ModelTwo from Ploom might represent a decent compromise for those that just can’t get used to it. Instead of flavoured propyene glycol, the ModelTwo uses actual tobacco pods, which it vaporizes, but doesn’t combust. You’re meant to smoke these over a period of 5 to 10 minutes, like a normal cigarette, instead of puffing on them non-stop like most people end up doing with traditional e-cigs. And the smoke that is produced is allegedly much closer to the real thing, while still not carrying the carcinogenic combustion by-products.

Fully charged, the ModelTwo can go through around 5 pods, and the unit charges upright on a USB-connected dock. The pods come in several flavors, ranging from honey cognac, to mint, to straight up tobacco. $6 will get you 12 pods, so this isn’t necessarily cheaper than cigarettes, but it is arguably healthier. It’s $40 for the device itself, though a starter kit with 4 pod packs and a carrying case will set you back $66. Finally, shipping starts in August.

ploom-pods

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

OhGizmo! Lightning Review: The Puffit Vaporizer

Puffit-700x700

No matter how free and open minded the society you live in is, there are times when lighting up can be frowned upon. Not to mention the byproducts of combustion are carcinogenic, and often painful in the lungs. So, more and more people are turning towards vaporizers, since they get the job done without actually burning anything; there’s less smell and no traditional “smoke” to speak of. The Puffit vaporizer from the company DiscreetVape is designed to look inconspicuous, allowing you to consume your herb of choice in settings you normally would not. The following is a quick run down of my impressions with the device.

Continue Reading

Super Slim External Battery Might Be Convenient Enough To Carry

Gokuusu-portable-battery

Let’s face it, the main reason external batteries aren’t as much of a runaway success as they could be is because no one wants to carry yet another bulky item in their pockets. But phones will keep running out of juice, and you’ll keep turning off Bluetooth, WiFi, brightness and whatnot to get that extra mile out of your phone. What about the Gokuusu portable battery? It’s 4.5mm thin and about credit-card sized, which means that it could fit into a wallet with ease. Sure, the 1,000 mAh isn’t going to bring a phone back to 100%, but in emergency situations, it’ll be more than welcome. The connection is done through a retractable USB cable and a set of tiny adaptors for whatever phone you carry. Better yet, it also has 4GB of storage. At 2,980 Yen ($30), it wouldn’t make much sense not to get one if you’re the type of guy who’s constantly getting home with your mobile running on empty.

gokuusu-portable-battery_2

[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

[ Ensure you carry a suitable portable battery in case your phone battery runs out. ]

Doctor Who K-9 USB Hub Expands Your USB Plugging Capabilities

K9 USB Hub

So this doppelganger K-9 won’t be able to expand your knowledge like its original version on Doctor Who, but it will expand the USB plugging capabilities of your computer or laptop–just like any good USB hub should do. It’s perfect for Whovians who want to own a miniature replica of the Doctor’s robotic canine companion that isn’t just a replica or toy.

On second thought, it’s actually good for anyone else who’s looking for a quirky computer accessory that is able to do what it promises to.

The Doctor Who K-9 USB Hub is available for pre-order for $39.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

They Finally Did It: Kingston to Release 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drives This Year

Terabyte Drive

If you’ve ever wished for a 1-terabyte flash drive, then your wish is Kingston’s command. The company is known for the solid line of USB drives that they’ve released throughout the years, but now they’re cementing their status as the King of USBs by unveiling their new flash drives called the DataTraveler HyperX Predator with 512GB and 1TB capacities. That’s a whole lot of memory for such a teeny, tiny drive that can easily fit into your pocket.

Aside from its massive capacity, Kingston’s 3.0 USB flash drive is also built for speed: it can read data at 240MB/s, while its write speeds are at 160MB/s. The company hasn’t announced pricing information yet, although they’re currently selling the 512GB version for $1,750. Estimates place the price somewhere around the $3,000 range, but hopefully we’re wrong because even while we love the goods, that’s still one hefty price tag.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Wiggling USB Tentacle Squirms and Wiggles to Keep People Away

Wiggling USB Tentacle

This Wiggling USB Tentacle doesn’t do much except wiggle, but hey, we love it anyway. I mean, it doesn’t store data, it doesn’t let you access files saved in memory cards, and it doesn’t warm your hands, cool down your laptop, or keep your cup of coffee warm. If you’re looking for a USB accessory that does all the stuff that we just described, then there are other gadgets for that–but you won’t find a single one of these specified functions with the Wiggling USB Tentacle.

What you can expect, though, is to have a lot of fun with it.

Continue Reading

USB Toast Hand Warmers Will Keep Your Hands Toasty and Adorable

Toast Hand Warmers

It gets pretty hard to type if you can’t stop your hands from shaking because of the cold weather. Add a busted heater to the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster filled with mistyped letters and error-filled documents. So why not get yourself a pair of these adorable hand warmers that will keep your hands warm and comfortably toasty?

Just plug the cord to your computer’s USB drive, set the hand warmers to your desired temperature, then slip your hands into the ‘slices’ of toast and type away. The toast hand warmers have holes where you can slip your thumb and fingers out and it’s strapping your hands into them are as easy as 1-2-3.

Continue Reading

Heating MousePad Heats Your Hands

Here’s a solution for a problem we’re not sure exists: a heating mousepad. It features a quilted fabric that goes over your hand, and a USB connected heating element that cranks up to 120 degrees. It sells for 1,980 Yen (or about $25) and we wish we had more things to say about it so that this doesn’t turn into a 100 word post. But really… what’s there to say?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

With The USB Typewriter, The Obsolete Is New Again

Here’s another oldie, but still good even a couple of years later. We don’t know if this means we’ve been infected with the hipster virus, but we’re sort of digging the above USB Typewriter. Maybe it’s because writing is what we do for a living and old-timey typewriters represent a nostalgic link to writing’s not so distant low-tech past. But we wouldn’t mind typing out these articles from a USB Typewriter, which serves as a fully functional keyboard to your PC, Mac or even tablet but with all the clickety click and carriage return bells from the last century. You can even type with ink on paper, while simultaneously typing on your digital device.

Jack Zelkyn sells these from his Etsy shop and can offer you either a DIY conversion kit for around $80, if you want to use your own typewriter. But if you don’t have one, or can’t be bothered to, you know, do anything yourself, and have the cash to spare, Jack will send you a fully assembled setup starting at $699.

Check out the link at the bottom for more.

[ Product Page ]