IK Multimedia has released its USB StompIO Box that you can operate without computer or keyboard and is compatible for both PC and Mac. The guitar amp and effects floor processor comes with software packages of AmpliTube 2, Jimi Hendrix, Metal, X-Gear, and Ampeg SVX. In all it features 26 amps, 11 mics, 51 stomps, 23 racks, and 33 cabinets worth of effects on 2 rigs. Hook it up to your axe and let the music begin for a price of $1,050.00.
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There is definitely a surplus of docking stations for iPods. This time it is the mStation 2.1 stereo Orb with dedicated subwoofer and 30 watts of power. At a size of about 8-inches, the device will sync with your iTunes. It has a 10-key IR remote for playlist selection and adjustment for volume, bass, and treble levels. In a choice of 7 colors to match your player, USB and mini-stereo cables are included with the Orb’s $129.95 price.
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If you still have one USB port left to fill with a toy, you might want to add the Boxer. Play with him in three different modes, auto, manual, and keystroke. The most amusing aspect of this device is that you control his punches with enclosed software and your arrow keys. Each hit is marked on his counter and you can rotate him to vary his workout. Add the bell and some crowd noises, and you have the definitive answer to interactive boredom. The dude will set you back £29.99 (~$59.00,) but at least this time you get to work out some of your cubicle frustration with some results.
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It’s great to see that not only are USB chargers becoming more accessible, but less expensive, too. This 4400mAh battery will charge iPhones, handhelds, digital cams, cellies, MP3 and CD players, PSPs and other electronic gadgets that the well-equipped techie has to have. At a size of 69 x 21 x 21mm and a weight of only 122g, it features an on/off switch, a 3-level LED indicator, and comes with USB cable for a price of $45.00.
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Convert all those old slides and 35mm film negatives up to 1,829 DPI into digital JPEGs with a single scan. The USB 2.0 converter can take all those boxes of clips and family albums and transform them into something smaller and permanent. The 5MP Cmos sensor features 10 bits per color channel and comes with software for editing, resizing, and correcting with Photoshop. Unfortunately, the device, which features and LED backlight won’t work with Mac, but for $99.00, we guess nothing is perfect. Order now for a one to 3 week delivery.
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Sandisk is experimenting with doing away with boring old thumb drives in favor of something a little more personal. Their new prototype jewelry is designed as an accessory first, and technology second. Amazingly well hidden within the stylish exterior is a miniscule USB plug for access to it’s treasure trove of digital memories. These are not yet on the market but should be soon - keep your eyes (and pocket book) peeled.
Green is Good. Definitely the newest buzzword, there is a trend now to create gadgets that are not only functional but good for the environment. Some companies rely on guilt, but others seem to believe in what they sell. Created in Vietnam and designed in Belgium, United Pepper’s accessories are made of paperboard, cotton, and Kapok, a natural tree-fibre. Their Oscar USB 2.0 hub and LILI 1.3 Mpixel webcam are completely recycleable, energy efficient, and composed of fairtraded goods. It doesn’t hurt that they are cute, either. Find them for £20 (~$40.00) and £30 (~$60.00) respectively on the green site.
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