• Thanko's "USB Necktie Cooler 3"

    It took Thanko‘s star engineers over two years, but I bet the work was worth it: after showing you the USB Necktie Cooler 2 back in June 2008, the Tokyo-based USB gadget maker now presents, you guessed it, the USB Necktie Cooler 3 [JP]. The silliness just doesn’t stop, it seems. Read More

  • Acronym soup: M600 gets CESG CAPS for HMG

    Don’t you just love security product announcements? They’re full of acronyms you’ve seen but can never remember the meaning of, like FIPS and DPA and HMG. The news in the press release below is that a new encrypted USB stick has been formally approved for British government use by the British government. The M600 from MXI Security has a “dedicated hardware security… Read More

  • Power Strip-like USB Hub

    A power strip-like USB hub with four ports than can be turned on or off individually? That, and another version with seven ports, is what Japanese accessory maker Elecom announced [JP] today. Read More

  • Thanko Sells USB Stapler

    The world’s most famous USB crap gadget maker strikes again. Tokyo-based Thanko is now offering a USB stapler [JP], which is actually just an electric stapler (it requires three AAA batteries to work) that doubles as a USB hub with four ports. That’s two problems solved with just one device. Read More

  • Gold Ingot USB memory stick

    In case you ever wanted a “golden” USB memory stick, here’s your chance: made by I-O Data, the so-called Gold Ingot USB Memory [JP] offers 4GB capacity. The body is mainly made of Japanese wood and covered by a thin layer of gold. Read More

  • Wooden USB sticks might give you splinters

    Yep, a wooden USB drive — we’ve seen that before, but these are a little nicer. Each one is custom made from a stick specially selected by artisans for it’s beauty and then professionally crafted into a drive. Available in 1GB to 8GB capacity, the OOOMS USB sticks will cost you a premium. The 1GB version is $50, and the 8GB will set you back $70. Of course, make sure you… Read More

  • For kids, moms and dads: Panasonic to offer 3D glasses for the whole family

    Panasonic not only announced two awesome 3D plasma TVs today, the company also introduced [JP] a new concept for 3D glasses. The three models are supposed to be the perfect fit for for every member in your family: size S is suitable for kids, M is for women and L is best for men (according to Panasonic). Read More

  • Bluetooth wristwatch with detachable LCD (which doubles as headset)

    Not everything Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko churns out is necessarily silly or utterly useless. The infamous company is now offering a Bluetooth wristwatch [JP] with a pretty clever concept: it allows you to detach the device’s LCD and use it as a wireless headset, for example in case you want to make calls or listen to music. Read More

  • Thanko's USB butt cooler cushion

    Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko is at it again. This time, the company is giving us the USB Seat Air [JP], which is nothing but a butt cooler cushion for office chairs. It’s the last Thanko product in a long line of gadgets that either cools off or heats up parts of your body. Read More

  • USB Clip memory stick – why didn't I think of that?

    Much like the binder clip cable management system, this is one of those products that make you go “duh, why didn’t I think of that”. Designer Arman Emami just won the 2010 Red Dot design award for his latest creation, the USB Clip Memory stick. Read More

  • Fact: iPhone 4 takes 23 percent longer to charge via USB than via electrical outlet

    Well look at this. The iPhone 4 takes an average of 23 percent longer to charge while charging via USB than it does while charging via a standard electrical outlet. Read More