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  • Thanko releases "Wristband Battery" for portable gadgets

    Thanko releases "Wristband Battery" for portable gadgets

    Tokyo-based gadget maker Thanko is at it again. This time, the USB specialists are giving us the Wristband Battery [JP], which is what it sounds like and supposed to make life easier for fans of portable gadgets. Read More

  • USB powered boots hit the mainstream

    USB powered boots hit the mainstream

    USB powered footwear isn’t eactly new to the novelty market, but it hasn’t really been embraced by the mainstream clothing makers yet. Well, that’s about to change; Columbia Sportswear just announced the usb powered Omni-Heat boots. Read More

  • Plugable shows off new USB display and docking adapters

    Plugable shows off new USB display and docking adapters

    You might have heard of Plugable Technologies before, they make USB adapters that allow you to plug a monitor into any device. This allows you to have multiple displays on systems that normally wouldn’t support them, such as a laptop or notebook. Plugable just announced two new display adapters to their lineup. Press release after the jump. Read More

  • Lok-it secure USB drive protects your data

    I love this device. It’s always bothered me that if you lose a USB key, you lose the data as well. The Lok-IT secure USB device makes it so I don’t have to worry about losing it. Well, other then the purchase price. The technology is pretty cool in that the computer can’t see the drive until the PIN is entered, so it’s not easy to hack. Read More

  • ATP SSD connect to the USB header on your motherboad

    ATP SSD connect to the USB header on your motherboad

    This is brilliant. I’m not 100% sure what the practical application is yet, but I think I want one. ATP built an SLC NAND-based solid state drive designed to plug directly into the USB header on your motherboard. Great idea right? Read More

  • Thanko's USB-powered foot switch pedal

    Thanko's USB-powered foot switch pedal

    Long time no hear from Tokyo-based USB gadget maker Thanko. The company today announced foot switch pedals [JP] for use with Windows XP, 7 or Vista machines (I am aware this isn’t a world’s first, but the last Thanko post was too long ago). Just assign any key on your keyboard to one of the pedals, and you won’t need your fingers to press that key ever again. Read More

  • MIMOBOT series 5 Star Wars flash drives are coming

    MIMOBOT series 5 Star Wars flash drives are coming

    As you know, we here at CrunchGear pride ourselves on bringing you the latest and hottest information on novelty USB drives. Nicholas is particularly a fan. But more to the point, we know you are too. Which is why I’m here to tell you that MIMIBOT just announced their latest, the series 5 Star Wars line. There’s even a Stormtrooper that just might be a little shorter then normal. Read More

  • USB 3.0 adoption could be slowed because of lack of demand

    USB 3.0 adoption could be slowed because of lack of demand

    Willing to spend $300+ on a fancy motherboard just so you can get USB 3.0 support? Yeah, that might not be such a good idea, if only because Intel is in no hurry to integrate the spec into its chipsets. That means companies have to go out of their way to offer USB 3.0 on their systems. The odds of seeing USB 3.0 on a cheap-o netbook, then, are pretty much non-existent. Read More

  • Form over function: Brinell Purestorage external drives

    Form over function: Brinell Purestorage external drives

    I understand the desire to have your computer stuff look good, really I do. But things like this are just silly to me. They are obviously pointed at a market that doesn’t know any better, and buy things based on the appearance rather then the functionality. Brinell, the company that makes these fancy veneer clad drives, has even won a couple of design awards for their form over function. Read More

  • Nikukyu Mouse: Thanko's cat paw computer mouse

    Nikukyu Mouse: Thanko's cat paw computer mouse

    Long time no hear from Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko. About for weeks ago, the USB specialist released a mouse with a built-in speaker, only to follow up today with the Nikukyu Mouse [JP], a mouse that looks like a cat paw for some reason. Read More

  • Corsair announces really small flash drives

    Corsair announces really small flash drives

    Corsair just announced the latest in their line of USB drives, the Flash Voyager Mini. Smaller then a quarter, the mini is just the right size to lose when you really need them, and come sizes ranging from 4 to 32 GB. Read More

  • Buffalo announces "women-only" USB sticks

    Buffalo announces "women-only" USB sticks

    Are you a woman? Are you sick of seeing all those manly USB sticks around you every day? Then these four new models announced [JP] by Buffalo in Japan today might be right for you. Read More

  • Move over Humping USB Dogs. Here comes the Dodobongo USB Dog.

    Move over Humping USB Dogs. Here comes the Dodobongo USB Dog.

    The Humping USB Dogs became so popular 2 or 3 years ago that the maker, Japan-based Cube, not only started selling the silly things internationally but also added a plethora of other animals to the line-up. And now, the same company has another USB-powered gadget ready, the so-called Dodobongo USB dog. Read More

  • The Novac NV-CR001U digitizes music cassettes and LPs

    The Novac NV-CR001U digitizes music cassettes and LPs

    It’s not the first device of its kind, but it’s pretty cheap and compact: Japan-based Novac announced [JP] the NV-CR001U today, a player for both LPs and cassettes that helps to digitize music stored on those media (almost) hassle-free. Read More

  • DIY Russian style: wooden USB drive

    DIY Russian style: wooden USB drive

    Here’s a rather unique DIY project for you: a russian builder created a USB key design using a block of wood, a switch, and a fan. Why do you need a fan for a USB key you ask? Well, I have no idea. The only thing I can think of is the glowing LED lights inside the glowing logo need cooling? Honestly, no clue. Read More

  • Thanko's mouse has a built-in speaker

    Thanko's mouse has a built-in speaker

    Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko continues to amaze. The company today announced [JP] a mouse with an integrated speaker, believe it or not (Thanko already gave us the “mid-air” mouse, the USB cooler mouse, a heated mouse, and a liquid mouse). Read More

  • JVC's ultra-slim PC speaker for business use

    JVC's ultra-slim PC speaker for business use

    JVC in Japan today announced [JP] the NC-SP1, an ultra-slim active speaker that’s just 34mm thick and can be connected to your computer via USB. Marketed as a device that’s particularly suitable for presentations, it supports Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.4 machines and requires just one USB port. Read More

  • Hot Lunch Bag: Thanko's USB-powered lunch box warmers

    Hot Lunch Bag: Thanko's USB-powered lunch box warmers

    Tokyo-based crazy USB gadget maker Thanko has done it again. The company today announced [JP] not one but two “Hot Lunch Bags”, special cases that are supposed to warm up lunch boxes you brought to the office from home via USB. Thanko offered a first version of the “Hot Lunch Bag” back in winter 2008. Read More

  • Belkin launches pricey USB 3.0 products

    Belkin launches pricey USB 3.0 products

    In an age when standard USB 2.0 cables can be purchased for next to nothing, the $40 price tag on Belkin’s 4-foot USB 3.0 cable ought to be enough to keep most of us out of the early adopter demographic for a while. Read More

  • Don't you dare sync, Mr. USB cable

    Don't you dare sync, Mr. USB cable

    Initially I was like, “Why am I writing about a USB cable?” Then I read the little description and was like, “Oh, neat.” Yes, I used the word “neat” like a schoolgirl in 1954. Anyhow, the cable blocks data synchronization. Why would you ever want that? Read More