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LaCie XtremKey

LaCie XtremKey
$50-$250  Buy Comment

Designed by Constance Guisset, an all-terrain flash drive with a no-nonsense 2mm-thick steel case that protects data from extreme temperatures, pressure and impact. Available this August.

USB Battery Charger

USB Battery Charger
$21  Buy Comment

It isn’t a fancy idea, and it is just what it says it is. But it is handy. Plug this thing into a spare USB port and it’ll charge 2 AA batteries in 4 to 6 hours. Comes with 2 rechargeable AA batteries.

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Optimus Popularis Keyboard

Optimus Popularis Keyboard

Art Lebedev’s programmable full-color keyboard is incredibly cool. The Popularis has rounded keys and 77% more pixels than the first-gen Maximus. Price/Date: “Less than $1,000. Early 2011.”

Tokyoflash Changing Lanes

Tokyoflash Changing Lanes
$169  Buy Comment

The Kisai Changing Lanes watch tells time using an LED display which uses lanes of “traffic” to indicate hours, minutes and three minute intervals. We got stuck in the left lane behind an old guy in a Buick.

OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSD

OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSD
$234-$799  Buy Comment

OCZ’s Enyo series of portable solid state drives can transfer 16GB of data in just 53 seconds over USB 3.0 (and look cool doing it.) Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 in case you live in the dark ages.

Concrete USB Drive

Concrete USB Drive

When you aren’t actually using these elegant, solid concrete USB drives from Shu-Chun Hsiao, they make great paperweights. Bonus: the weight of the block is similar to the capacity in terms of grams.

FastMac U-Socket

FastMac U-Socket
$20  Buy Comment

Finally, someone’s filled the need for an electrical socket with USB ports. The U-Socket has two 5-volt USB ports in additional to two standard three-prong ports. It fits into any existing wall outlet.

USB Bottle Opener

USB Bottle Opener
$19 - $33  Buy Comment

Save your memories, then open a cold one with this clever USB flash drive that doubles as a handy bottle opener. Now if only you could remember where you put it after you drink yourself silly…

Star Wars Series 5 USB Drives

Star Wars Series 5 USB Drives
$40  Buy Comment

Mimobot’s fabulous designer USB drives are the new Pez dispensers when it comes to collecting. R2-D2 and the shooting-impaired Stormtrooper are back and joined by the Jawa and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Concept: Glass USB Drive

Concept: Glass USB Drive

This gorgeous USB drive concept by Mac Funamizu has us drooling over its design. The see-through glass would light up when plugged in, with different colors indicating individual file types it stores.

Crosley Revolution Turntable

Crosley Revolution Turntable

Those of you who still have a record collection will dig this nifty turntable. The battery-powered Crosley Revolution can play LPs and 45s, and connects to your PC or Mac to digitize your tunes.

Concept: Infinite USB

Concept: Infinite USB

It may need an infinite amount of power, but Gonglue Jiang’s Infinite USB is a clever USB concept that allows you to endlessly chain devices together; it’s an iF 2010 award winner.

USB Clip-On Combo Hub

USB Clip-On Combo Hub
$14  Buy Comment

It’s not the first clip-on USB hub from Brando we’ve featured, but their new Combo Hub not only increases the total USB 2.0 ports to five but lets them swivel; also: a 4-slot card reader.

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USB Super 16 Port Hub

USB Super 16 Port Hub
$160  Buy Comment

Never worry about powering your collection of R2D2 Humidifiers, IR Helicopters, and Lightsaber Lamps again: the Super 16 Port Hub features 16 USB 2.0 ports and a 22.5W PSU.

EyeTV Hybrid USB Tuner

EyeTV Hybrid USB Tuner
$150  Buy Comment

Elgato’s EyeTV Hybrid USB tuner slims down and adds Windows 7 compatibility; it allows you to watch HDTV, Clear QAM and analog cable TV and includes DVR software.

R2-D2 USB Humidifier

R2-D2 USB Humidifier
$20  Buy Comment

He may have had a bad motivator, but Luke hit the jackpot with Artoo: this R2-D2 USB Humidifier also doubles as a moisture vaporator, perfect for dry desert planets far, far, away.

Scosche solBAT II

Scosche solBAT II
$30  Buy Comment

It’s not the first solar powered battery for USB gadgets, but Scosche’s solBAT II shines in terms of affordability; $30 gets you 1500 mA of capacity, a windshield cradle, and carabiner mount.

DACport Headphone Amp

DACport Headphone Amp
$500  Buy Comment

The DACport headphone amp puts a high-end price on high-end sound; $500 gets you a battery-less USB DAC and Class-A amp with 50 kHz bandwidth, 100dB THD, and 24/96 HD listening.

80-Port USB Charging Board

80-Port USB Charging Board
~$165  Buy Comment

You may need a nuclear reactor to power it, but this 80-port USB Charging Board is pure gadgety awesome; it doesn’t transfer data, but your army of gadgets will never go thirsty again.

GiO Guitar Interface

GiO Guitar Interface
$395  Buy Comment

Sing (or stomp) a sweet tune with Apogee’s GiO; the USB guitar interface is controlled by foot and includes five effects buttons, five transport control butons, and next/previous buttons.

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USB Port T-shirt

USB Port T-shirt

Take technobabble literally with this USB Port t-shirt, which if true would explain why our throughput seems content on staying put; now if only someone would make a proper FireWire shirt…

USB Lightsaber Lamp

USB Lightsaber Lamp
$26  Buy Comment

Always two there are, a lightsaber and a base: this 13.75″ USB Lightsaber Lamp not only lights up the Dark Side but detaches to do battle–when fully charged with The Force, of course.

USB Clip-On Hub

USB Clip-On Hub
$10  Buy Comment

Designed for flash drive-slinging quick-draws, the USB Clip-On Hub not only perches at the edge of your desk for easy access but lets you hide the cable away; it includes 4 USB 2.0 ports.

Roccat Apuri USB Hub

Roccat Apuri USB Hub
~$60  Buy Comment

It floats like a butterfly, but Roccat’s Apuri USB Hub won’t sting despite its looks; this four-port hub features a flexible arm that keeps mouse cables from snagging or rubbing.

USB Alien

USB Alien
~$45  Buy Comment

This USB Alien definitely scores points for xenomorphic scares; it would have been cooler if its second head/tongue had been the USB port, but it does light up in red.

Grenade Flash Drives

Grenade Flash Drives
$40  Buy Comment

The non-volatile memory in these 8GB USB Grenade Flash Drives won’t explode, but it gives cubicle warriors marching orders to yell “Grenaaade!” when ambushed by TPS reports.

USB IR Helicopter

USB IR Helicopter
$44  Buy Comment

Brando’s USB IR helicopter will stay juiced as long as you’re near a USB port, letting you buzz nearby cubicles all day; it also includes a controller and LED lighting for night flying.

Wooden Clip USB Drive

Wooden Clip USB Drive
$20-$34  Buy Comment

Brando’s Wooden Clip-shaped USB drive is a gimmick, but it’s a useful one: available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB sizes, carry it around by clipping it to your clothing or use it as a paper clip.

Pico USB Flash Drive

Pico USB Flash Drive
$30-$140  Buy Comment

It’s not as short as Eagletec’s Nano, but the Pico USB Flash Drive gets a higher max capacity of 32 GB, a chrome/nickel finish, is shock and water resistant, and measures 4 mm thin.

ThinkPad USB Keyboard

ThinkPad USB Keyboard

An external version of the popular laptop keyboard, Lenovo’s ThinkPad USB Keyboard was crowdsourced via their design blog; users happily ditched the touchpad, numpad and wireless.

Ion Profile LP

Ion Profile LP
$88  Buy Comment

If you’re sitting on a stash of vinyls, Ion’s Profile LP not only plays records sans preamp but will digitize them via USB; it includes both 33 1/3 & 45 RPM settings, plus PC/Mac software.

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