The Hunt-and-Peck Keyboard is designed for kids and those adults who never learned to type. In addition to a regular QWERTY keyboard, you get an ABCDEF one as well. It will toggle from standard keys to common IM abbreviations. Plug into your USB port on your PC or Mac and one finger type away with no software needed. The keyboard also has “www” keys and a price of $21.00 at Amazon, about the same price as a learn to type audio tape.
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Almost every geek also has a passion for ninjas, and now you can show your allegiance with this Shuriken USB Thumb Drive. At a size of 70 x 70 x 7mm, the device can hold 2GB of data, but note that although it is complete in shape, you would be advised not to go after your enemies with it in your spare time. Note the caution that it has sharp edges which means this is not the gift for anyone with small kids or chewing puppies. The Shuriken drive is available for JPY 10,500.00 (~$109.00.)
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You may never need to purchase another charger again. The Ultimate Mhub One-Dock Station has an iPhone/iPod sync and charge dock station, a high speed HCSD/SD card reader slot and 3 USB 2.0 ports. Compatible with most iPhones and iPods, BlackBerrys, T-Mobile G1s, HTCs and PSPs, the hub comes with 2 mini USB cables, a micro USB cable, a 3.5 DC USB charge cable, an AC adapter and travel bag at a price of $68.00.
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Kerchoonz, the revenue sharing musician’s site, has introduced the K-box. The compact 115 x 55 x 20mm device can be plugged into your cell phone, laptop, MP3 player or portable game system. Set it on any solid flat surface and it becomes a speaker with a bass response of 40Hz to 20KHz. Battery life is up to 20 hours, then you can recharge via USB. The K-box is available for GBP 39.99 (~$56.00.)
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Just as TVs get thinner all the time, so do digital frames. Samsung has a perfect example with their SPF-87H Photo Frame. The 8-inch display with 800x480 resolution is only .91-inches thick. It holds 1GB memory equal to about 3,000 photos, a 5001:1 contrast ratio and runs via USB cable. Available in red, blue or charcoal, the smart frame will be available for ~$129.00, depending on where you shop.
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Verbatim has gone colorful with its new Nano Wireless Mouse. The tiny receiver can be plugged in to your USB plug and left in a laptop or netbook or slid onto the bottom of the mouse so you don’t lose it. The 2.4 GHz ergonomic mouse works for both left and right-handers and has a programmable roller button. Compatible with Windows and Mac, it comes in 6 different colors and has a price of ~$25.00, depending on where you shop.
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OOMS, a furniture and interior design company in the Netherlands, is certainly geared towards saving the planet. They have designed wooden memory sticks made from real branches literally picked up in the woods. Each is handmade and can be personally engraved when ordered in lots of 50 or more. Choose between a 1GB for 50 EUR (~$68.00,) 2GB for 55 EUR (~$75.00,) or 4GB for 60 EUR (~$81.00.) The company also created a solar powered birdhouse that can act as an outside nightlight as well as a bug attractor.
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Night owls can work without bothering the rest of the family with this USB 2.0 Hub with flashlight. Push the button on the bottom and out pop 3 ports and 2 built-in bright white LEDs. At a size of 158 x 35 x 22mm, the hub is adjustable to multiple angles and can double as a flashlight or reading light when traveling with an on/off switch. The device is available for a mere $14.00.
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Sanyo Japan has unveiled their LP-WXU700 Projector, supposedly the world’s first to be WiFi enabled. At a size of 334.2 X 78.4 X 257.5mm and weight of 3.6kg, it supports the IEEE802.11n standard and is designed for portability. The WXGA projector has a 500:1 contrast ratio, 3,800 lumens of brightness and can stream video through a PC. HDMI and USB interfaces are included as well. On sale in Japan on June 19 for ~$6,300.00, there is no word as yet to when it will arrive in other countries.
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Backup doesn’t get any easier than this. The Clickfree Traveler plugs in to your USB port with integrated cable without setup or software. It automatically finds, organizes and backs up your data. About the size of a credit card, it can recover files from a lost or stolen laptop in a few minutes and can be used for multiple PCS. Choose between the FL-160 (16GB) for $79.99, the FL-320 (32GB) for $149.99 or the FL-640 (64GB) for $249.99. Pre-order now and save 20%.
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