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Tag Archives: USB

Digital Cowboy Webcam With 7x Zoom

Digital Cowboy Webcam With 7x Zoom (Image courtesy Digital Cowboy)By Andrew Liszewski

From Japan-based Digital Cowboy comes this pretty run-of-the-mill 1.3 megapixel webcam that really only stands out thanks to an attachable telephoto lens which gives it an impressive 7x zoom capability.

I’ll admit that webcams have come a long way but I’ve yet to been blown away by the quality of the consumer-level offerings currently on the market, they’re still pretty grainy and blurry from what I’ve seen. Of course working from home I’m also morally opposed to the idea of the people I’m chatting with actually seeing me via webcam given everyday of the week is casual Friday. (‘Casual’ being an understatement.)

The DC-NCP130 is expected to go on sale in Japan next month for about $80 and will include both the telephoto lens as well as the detachable tripod.

[ Digital Cowboy 7x Zoom Webcam ] VIA [ Crave ]

Gold Ingot USB Hub

Thanko Gold Ingot USB Hub (Image courtesy AudioCubes)By Andrew Liszewski

While the USB connection was designed to be simple and easy to use I don’t think the tech-heads responsible for its inception could have imagined the level of creativity it would inspire. For example a USB hub should be a pretty boring piece of technology but Thanko has created one in the shape and color of a gold ingot bar. The unique design really adds nothing to the functionality but I’m still pretty sure the company will sell thousands of them.

As for tech specs the gold ingot hub features 8 USB 2.0 ports as well as corresponding LED lights to indicate when they’re in use. It can also be powered via USB or though a standard AC adaptor which I believe is sold seperately.

The Thanko Gold Ingot USB hub is available from AudioCubes.com for $79 which seems a bit steep to me given it’s not actually made out of gold.

[ Thanko Gold Ingot USB Hub ]

Portable Temperature Logger

Portable Temperature Data Logger (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)By Andrew Liszewski

We already have more data available at our fingerprints than any human could possibly digest in a lifetime so what’s another drop in the bucket? From ThinkGeek comes the HOBO Data Temperature Logger and its name basically says it all. (Minus the HOBO part that is.) The device can log up to 52,000 temperature measurements in user selectable intervals ranging anywhere from every second to every 12 hours with a range of -4? to 158?F. It can also log other events including low battery warnings or when the button on the front of the unit has been pressed which is useful for denoting a specific time for later reference. It can even be programmed to specifically start logging at a set time or date or started manually using the aforementioned button.

Once you’ve collected enough data just plug the HOBO into your PC via a convenient USB connection and the temperature info can then be graphed using included software. While this may seem like more of a novelty device there are some actual useful applications like monitoring the temperature of an overtaxed server room or protecting your investments down in the wine cellar.

The HOBO portable temp logger is currently available from ThinkGeek for $79.99.

[ Portable Temperature Data Logger @ ThinkGeek ]

Burton USB Flash Drive Snowboards

ACP-EP Burton SnowDrive (Image courtesy ACP-EP)By Andrew Liszewski

Well it’s about time! Finally the gen-Xers of the world are able to combine their passion for snowboarding with their love of copying and transporting various files that are too big to email. From storage manufacturer ACP-EP Memory comes a collection of USB flash drives designed after popular Burton snowboards.

The SnowDrive has a rubberized texture and comes finished in one of three sets of authentic Burton graphics including their Custom Model, their Vapor Model and their Gtwin model. The drives range in size from 512Mb to 2GB and support USB 2.0 transfers on both Windows and Mac systems without the need for additional drivers. The boards also include an LED light indicating when the drive is in use so you don’t absentmindedly yank it out in the middle of a file copy.

ACP-EP also sells the SnowDrive in designs from other snowboard manufacturers such as Forum and the 2GB models sell for about $50, the 1GB for about $25 and the 512Mb for about $17.

[ ACP-EP Burton SnowDrive ] VIA [ GetUSB.info ]