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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Tiny RC Quad-Copter Costs Less Than A Parrot Drone

Seems like quad-rotor copters are popping up everywhere: as taxidermied cats, as flying DeLoreans, as scary flying formations from hell and as an expensive attraction at the last two CESes. That last one refers to Parrot’s A.R. 2 Drone. Admittedly, it’s pretty high tech and fancy. But it’s also $300+. For $49 you can instead get the version from Brando which does pretty much the same things, only with less cowbell. The 6 AXES GYRO RC Somersault UFO even does flips, although it’s controlled through a traditional remote rather than with the iPhone (like the AR Drone). There’s no foam protection like there is on Parrot’s offering and there are quite a few buttons on that remote, which makes it not look quite as intuitive; a crash seems inevitable. But we don’t know. It does have gyro stabilization so hey, let’s not rush to judgement. Seeing as it’s $40, if you break it after 15 minutes, you won’t spend as much time crying about it.

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USB Toaster Hub with Toast Flash Drives are Deliciously Geeky

Toaster Hub

USB hubs and custom flash drives don’t get any more adorable than this. This might not be the first time that we’ve seen quirky USB drives of this kind (remember the Mini Cooper Flash Drive?), but these certainly take the cake in their category–or is it the toast?

The hub and thumbdrives are perfectly complementary, given that the former is in the shape of a miniature toaster while the latter are shaped like teeny, tiny yummy slices of toast. Of course, the toaster hub works with USB drives of all shapes, sizes, and forms, but it’s way more fun to use it with the toast drives for obvious reasons.

The toaster hub comes with 4 USB 2.0 ports and a one-meter long cable. It’s also got an SD card reader on the side for all your card reading needs. Meanwhile, the toast flash drive has a 4GB capacity and comes in four colors (or designs): White (Tato), Yellow (Butta), Tan (Ry Ry), and Brown (Crisp).

Toast USB Drives

Unfortunately, the toaster and thumbdrives aren’t sold as a set and come off a bit pricey as a whole. The toaster hub is priced at $27.99, while each USB drive retails for $24.99.

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USB Waterproof Temperature Data Logger

By David Ponce

Have you ever felt the need to know how the temperature of your outdoors frog pond varies throughout the day? How about throughout the season? No? Never? Come on now, at least some of you must be of the inquisitive type. The USB Waterproof Data Logger is able to record the temperature of whatever it’s submerged in to a 0.0625°C resolution rate, within its 0.5°C error margin. More importantly, it’s able to record up to 700,000 such measurements over time, in its tiny 32MB memory. If you set the interval to every 10 seconds, this means it can stay submerged and measuring for up to 80 days. It stores the data is CSV files which can be easily manipulated with Excel or other spreadsheet software. And it’s powered by two AAA batteries which given the low 4uA consumption rate means they can last for as much as 6 months.

We’re not professional data gatherers, so we can’t think of many situations where we’d want something like this, and yet we feel that there must be many. So for those of you out there who could use this, know that it’s $74.

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