There is a never ending run of USB drives, many of them made out of everyday objects that have been gutted. This one, made by “laxap,” is composed of a real cigar, a small flash drive, some wire, 2 red LEDs, a resistor, and extension cable, paper and tape. When in use the end turns a bright red. You can get step-by-step instructions as well as a sample of his other USB creations that include the use of a highlighter, Slim Jim can and light bulb.
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Help the World Wildlife Fund by purchasing a 2.2-inch Penguin 16GB USB drive. Designed to look like the real Emperor Penguin, it is made of non-toxic silicone rubber and comes with key chain. Compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 and both Mac and PC, 5% of the $42.95 price goes to the WWF. And if bears are more your style, select the 2.5-inch 16GB Panda USB Flash Drive for the same price.
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EagleTec’s USB Nano Flash Drive has to be the smallest on the planet, at least this week. At a size of 19 x 15 x 6mm and a weight of only 3g, it can connect to a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port for automatic detection and configuring. The drive supports Windows and Mac and has a write speed of 15Mb/s. Choose between the 4GB model for $22.00 or 8GB for $33.00 and be grateful it comes with a keychain hook.
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Yamaha Japan’s new TSX-120 and 130 iPod docks are made with soft wood. Both have a 15W, 2ch amplifier output, two speakers, a frequency response of 60Hz ~ 20kHz, remote and FM tuner. The 130 also has USB drive connection and a CD drive for playback and recording. Japan gets this one first in December, with the price of the TSX-120 being ¥30,000 (~$ 300.00) and the TSX-130 with a ¥40,000 (~$ 400.00) price tag.
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So here’s how you justify a working lunch. Take your co-workers and your laptop to the local hang-out, order a tall one, then pop out your TrekStor combination USB 2.0 flash drive and bottle opener. Available in 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16GB models, the drives are made of brushed aluminum. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, prices start at €6.99 (~10.00) for 1GB up to €49.99 (~$72.00) for the 16 gig model. Look for an October debut.
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We came across Jason’s Creations on Etsy and dug his USB Flash Drive Fingers. He describes them as both “cool and creepy.” We agree. There are four of them at this point, each plug and play and test driven. Pick one for $20.00 or look at his other ideas that include a Han Solo Carbonite USB Flash Drive, various strange coaster sets, and a lamp made from a Sobe Green Tea bottle with LEDs.
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We remember showing you some USB flash drives that resembled pizza and burgers a while back. Apparently they were relished by many (pun intended,) so now there are more of them to love. The Fruit Flash Drives hold 4 GB of data, come in strawberry and watermelon, support Window 2000/XP/Vista or MAC OS, and are plug and play for $28.00 each. Brando has some available in cookies (although they refer to them as biscuits) and BBQ flavors as well.
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RAPHA has unveiled their multi-useful Speaker System. The SurroundXi will work with iPod/nanos, MP3s, MP4s, portable CD/DVD players, computers, and cellies. And if you don’t have one of those, just take your computer’s MP3 files and copy them to your USB flash key, then plug in. The speakers have Unique Weave technology that the company claims gives “brilliant crystal clear sound.” The SurroundXi is portable, comes in 6 different colors, runs on batteries (not included,) USB, or 6V adapter and carries a MSRP of $69.95.
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You know we’re a technologically-obsessed society when even holiday greeting cards are getting the USB treatment. Well, sorta. The folks at Walletex—known for their flash drives the size of a credit card—have come out with their Hanukkah and Christmas versions. They’re available in a large variety of designs, from dreidels to Santa, and from 128mb ($27 USD) to a roomy 4GB ($106 USD). You can even have the recipient’s name printed on the card! A very unique gift, and you can make it even more special by loading it with photos and music your intended will love.
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The mimobots have returned to the planet with their Core Series 2. If you are as big a fan of the little buggers from Planet Blõôh as we are, you know that they come in a Limited Edition, in this case 2,000 for the nine figures. Included with your mimobot are preloaded games, animation and a new Mimozine digital mag. Designed by Dino Alberto, the USB flash drives come in 512 MB ($39.95,) 1 GB ($49.95,) 2 GB ($69.95,) and 4 GB ($109.95) sizes.
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