The Universal Serial Bus (or USB) has become the most successful interface in the history of personal computing. Just imagine, over 2 billion USB devices were shipped last year. And it‚Äôs not like this USB fever is going to stop ‚Äì just when you think you‚Äôd seen everything possible on Earth powered vi a USB, some new USB craze appears. Gadgets, accessories, toys, household goods, furniture, even clothes ‚Äì all these can be plugged into your computer and perform various functions (often having little to do with their initial ones). Here is a round-up of the diverse, weird, and wild USB accessories out there, in case you still have a spare port on your PC. By the way, in this post you can find lots of gift ideas for the winter holidays. At the very least, a fun read is guaranteed!
Inspired by steampunk
If you enjoy all the mechanical romance of the steampunk sub-culture, you will definitely like the memory sticks listed below. Maybe these USB drives are not the most authentic steampunk gizmos, but they are more than enough to make a fan of this style happy.
This brass-and-copper USB drive cost $3000 (!!!) initially. However, now that the author has made 5 USB drives, with the latest one a staggering 64 GB, the price of the prototype model was reduced to a mere $600.
Pocket Memory 5 USB Drive comes with 64 GB memory and the price of $1000. It seems all the steam power of this memory stick is contained in the price.
This 2GB retro sci-fi USB drive was made by a Russian modder.
Another cool mini USB flash drive modded to look like a steampunk creation. Again, made in Russia.
Universal Silly Bus?
In this category you can see a hodgepodge of USB devices. Each of them is a combo of loveliness and silliness ‚Äì in one case or another the first or the second prevails.
USB Big Panda Speaker – best when playing those Tenacious D songs. Uh, because Jack Black’s in the band. And he did the voice of KUNG FU PANDA…
4Gb Mini Cooper USB Thumb Drive – A literal “drive,” perfect for that MP4 version of THE ITALIAN JOB.
R2-Q5 USB Hub – Clearly, someone saw the Tauntaun sleeping bag and thought “Hey! STAR WARS geeks’ll buy anything!“
Sticky Note Pad USB Storage – With, yes, real Post-It notes.
Eraser USB Stick – Not surprisingly, it doesn’ t seem to have a write-protect switch.
USB Desk Vacuum – Yes, it’s a working vacuum cleaner. And assumes you don’t have any AC outlets handy to plug in a REAL vacuum cleaner…
USB Warming Mouse Pad – Warms your hand while you use your mouse. Obvious. The fish shape? Not so obvious.
Statue of Liberty USB Drive – Give me your tired, your poor, your John Phillip Sousa audio files yearning to break free…
The Bullet USB Drive – After this winter’s airline-security breaches, it might be a good idea to leave this ‘un at home…
The Dominoes USB Drive
The Spring Robot USB Drive
Pizza Memory Stick
Log USB Drive – For the TWIN PEAKS — or REN & STIMPY — fan in your household.
The Oldie Tape Cassette USB Drive – And don’t forget, kids: home taping is killing the record industry! Oops, too late.
Chocolate Bar USB Flash Drive
Mini Skate USB Drive
Nail USB Drive – Not endorsed by Trent Reznor. (“Nine Inch Nails,” geddit?)
Spermatozoon USB Drive – Every sperm is sacred — so why shouldn’t every byte of your data be any less so?
Transformers Symbol USB Memory Drive – Megan Fox JPEG’s not included.
Clothespin USB Drive – If you prefer the top picture, you’re a nerd. If you prefer the bottom picture, you’re a masochist, and Mistress Stormy will come by at her usual time…
Lego Brick USB Drive – Because a Lego ROCK BAND featuring a Lego Iggy Pop just wasn’t enough, was it?
Teddy Bear USB Drive
Plasticine Man USB Memory Drive
Anime Character USB Drive
Ladybird USB Drive
USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup – Wow, computer programmers drink coffee? Who knew?
USB Fridge – WAIT! Those selfsame hackers also drink caffeinated and carbonated beverages? I am shocked. Steve Jobs shall hear about this!
USB Japan Style Garden – For those of you convinced that water and electricity can peacefully coexist.
Until recently USB drives were out of things that could signify wealth, power and style. Things have changed quickly and gadgets are kinda fashion subject today. So don‚Äôt be surprised when you see headings like ‚ÄúTiffany‚Äôs new collection of USB drives‚Äù in Vogue and Esquire.
Now That‚Äôs Wacky!
We are not sure where the border between silly and wacky USB drives is, still here are a few ones that we consider to be really weird. The following USB gadgets shorten the list of things that are not powered via USB yet. Gosh! Where people get these ideas?
Humping USB Dog – I smell a WEB SOUP segment in the making…
Thumb USB Memory 4Gb – Yeah, yeah, we get it. “Thumb drive.” Does anyone actually CALL ’em that any more?
Thanko USB Heater Eyelash Curler – Look your best before that next webcam session!
USB Manneken Pis – Coming soon, no doubt, to a Spencer Gifts store in a mall near you.
The title of this category speaks for itself. Many of the USB gadgets from this list don‚Äôt provide any unique functionality – they just are designed the way anybody would love to have one on their desktop. However, there are a few of rather nerdy devices here that contain something more than just an awesome style.
USB Alien with Illuminated Tongue – Okay, that does it. This is just too cool for school, and I want one of these. Like, now. I mean, it’s only ¬• 6,450.00 — oh, wait, that’s about US$70.00…never mind.
This is not a joke, but a real product, seriously!
That‚Äôs it, folks. Let‚Äôs see what insane USB stuff will flood the market in 2010. But don‚Äôt forget in this diversity of technologies, your spirit is the only thing that can‚Äôt be powered via USB or any other specification.