Griffin Technology today unveiled a new portable power pack solution for USB devices. The PowerBlock travel is priced at $34.99 and available now.
The PowerBlock travel, which is based on the popular PowerBlock USB device charger, adds plug adapters for use while traveling internationally. The PowerBlock handles all voltages from 100 to 240 AC, converting to the voltage USB devices need. Included in the purchase is dock connector cable for an iPod as well as an accessory pouch for carrying around the adapters.
Read More | Griffin Powerblock travel Product Info
SmartDisk, a maker of storage products and technologies, today has a new 2” by 2” external USB hard drive available. The SmartDisk ByteSize is priced at $119.99 for a 6GB model and $149.99 for an 8GB drive.
The ByteSize from SmartDisk is a “mass storage class” computer add-on, meaning it requires no driver installation when used with operating systems like Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows XP and Windows Me. Few other details were made available, but this device looks to be a pretty standard USB hard drive computer peripheral.
Read More | SmartDisk ByteSize Product Information
Cool technology doesn’t always have to be expensive. That’s the case with the Aiptek HyperPen 12000. It’s a tablet for your PC. Use the pen to create artwork, make virtual signature, touch up photos, or whatever else you can create. The pen needs no wires to make its impression known on the tablet, which recognizes 512 levels of pressure. The tablet also has 24 keys, enabling you to basically avoid the keyboard if you want to. A full nine of those keys are customizable.
Aiptek will send you a software application to guide you through the rigors of pen-based artwork, if you need them. My guess is that if you’re buying this tablet-and-pen combination, you’re an artist at heart and in deed and you’re just looking to save money. You can pick up one of these for just $131 USD.
Lexar said today they are bringing the PowerToGo software platform to their JumpDrive Lightning USB flash drives so users can create a virtual desktop environment they can carry from one Windows-based machine to another. These drives are available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and price from $79.99.
The PowerToGo-equipped JumpDrive Lightnings will let users install and run many standard Windows applications directly from the USB drive. Once done working a host computer the drive is removed, leaving no history behind. Also included on JumpDrive Lightnings will be the EverNote software product for capturig, storing and accessing information, such as typed and handwritten notes, web clips, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, photos and documents.
Read More | Lexar JumpDrive Lightning Product Page
Edge Tech Corp, a maker of computer memory related products, seems to have struck a deal with DaimlerChrysler to use the Jeep brand as today some new USB flash drives bearing the Jeep label was unveiled. The new Jeep USB Flash Drive comes in 256MB and 512MB of storage is priced at $29.95 and $44.95 respectively after rebate, while the Jeep USB Flash Drive Plus Ink Pen is priced, after rebate, at $29.95 for 128MB and $49.95 for 512MB.
The Jeep USB Flash Drive, which sports a rugged design in keeping with the brand it is named after, is about the size of one’s thumb and pretty typical of USB flash drives. The Jeep USB Flash Drive Plus Ink Pen is more interesting in that it has a dual function design as an executive style ink pen, with the pen’s barrel being unscrewed to reveal the drive. The drive portion of the pen plugs directly into a computer’s USB port and is recognized as an additional storage device on the user’s desktop.
Read More | Edge Tech Press Release
There’s a new Bluetooth dongle out today from Mustek for providing wireless connectivity between PCs and Bluetooth enabled devices. The MBT-D120 Bluetooth Wireless Dongle is priced at $24.95.
The MBT-D120 allows one to create a wireless network of up to seven Bluetooth devices with a PC via a USB interface and offers a reported data transmission rate of 723kb/sec. It has a lightweight and modern design and offers a range of up to 330 feet. The dongle also comes with Windows compatible Bluetooth management software.
Read More | Mustek MBT-D120 Product Page
iQBio, a subsidiary of Artemis Solutions Group, yesterday announced a 100GB portable hard drive which makes use of fingerprint encryption and security software to protect its contents. The new 100GB Portable iQBioDrive is priced at $299.95 and, if you care about this thing, is designed and assembled here in the good old U.S. of A.
The iQBioDrive is reportedly secured by 128bit AES encryption and makes use of the company’s BioCert fingerprint technology. According to iQBio, the drive is “partitioned into three ‘mapped drives’ on Windows 2000 (SP3) or Windows XP systems. The first is a partition that is seen by the system as a read only drive and contains the biometric encryption software. The second partition is set at 100MB or so…and is a public partition where files may be stored and used without biometric authentication…The last partition is the secure drive that can only be accessed through the use of biometric authentication or a 256 character override password.”
Read More | 100GB Portable iQBioDrive Product Page
Well kids, it may not be the OLED keyboard that we hoped for, but it may be a sign of things to come. After what seems like an eternity, the Optimus Mini Three is now shipping from Lebedev Studios. The Mini Three is the much (much, much) smaller version of the Optimus keyboard that we were wetting ourselves over exactly one year ago. Announced in February, the Mini Three saw a delay this past May, but it is now finally ready for it’s debut. If you pre-ordered, expect yours to arrive by August 15th. If you didn’t, you have until August 1 to get one at the discounted price of $126 USD - afterwards, the price shoots up to $160 USD. Yes, that is just for three keys.
Read More | Optimus Mini Three
If you own a Lexar JumpDrive FireFly or 1GB Secure II, you’ll want to take careful note of this story. Lexar, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a voluntary recall of around 66,000 of these drives because of a potential burn hazard. No injuries have thus far been reported of the drives. Consumers with the impacted models as described this recall notice Web page are advised to stop using the drives and contact Lexar to receive a free replacement.
Read More | Lexar/USCPSC Product Recall Page
So if you’re looking for a tiny, cool looking USB flash drive on which to store data, Sony may have a little something fun for you to check out. The Sony Micro Vault Tiny, billed by Sony as their smallest USB flash drive, is quite tiny indeed, measuring 1.2” x 5” x 6.1”.
The Sony Micro Vault Tiny comes in four configurations: 256MB orange ($29.99), 512MB purple ($44.99), 1GB blue ($64.99) and 2GB green ($109.99). All the drives, which are compatible with Windows and Mac OS, support USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.
The Micro Vault Tiny drives also come with “Virtual Expander”, which reportedly lets you store three times as much data.