Philips has unveiled a toothbrush that should be plenty geeky for you tech heads out there. The toothbrush is called the DiamondClean Rechargeable sonic toothbrush and it can charge from your AC outlet or from your USB port on the computer. If you are the sort that brushes your teeth at work this may be the perfect toothbrush for you.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced [pdf link] a new super-charged power delivery spec for USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections, which could deliver up to 100W to external peripherals. Intended to encourage the adoption of microUSB on more gadgets - which may previously have demanded greater power than the current USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 allows for - the work-in-progress standard would also allow you to flip the direction of the charging without needing to swap the cables around.
Just about everything that I want to share across my network connects via USB. Generally, if I want to share my printer or an external HDD I just connect it to my PC and then allow other computers to share it via my computer. That never seems to work for too long though because every other time someone tries to print they get error messages and you have to remember to leave the computer the devices are physically connected to on at all times.
Today the fine folks at Chainfire (Android developers) have released their first Beta of an app by the name of DSLR Controller. This app will allow you full control over your Canon EOS DSLR camera from your Android phone or tablet connected via USB. At the moment this is the only application that can do such a thing, and no computer, laptop, or any other hardware is required other than the camera itself, the correct USB cable and adapter, and your Android device with said app. The release we're looking at today is a BETA version meaning it almost certainly WILL have bugs, but is released on the Android market at this very moment for $8.51 if you're feeling adventurous.
Iomega has announced a new Mac external storage solution called the Mac Companion Hard Drive with a high-power charge port on it for charging your devices via USB. The drive is small, designed to sit under the screen of an iMac, and has a pair of FireWire 800 interfaces for connectivity. The HDD inside the device is a 7200 RPM unit.
I have been going places with my kids in the car on several occasions and not been able to plug my iPad in to charge. None of the USB chargers I have will support the iPad and its thirst for 2.1A when charging. That means the iPad goes dead and no video on the go or games means that the kids get restless fast. Bracketron has a new dual USB charger that will keep two of your gadgets charging at the same time on the go.
Back in March, I mentioned some new AviiQ gear that was coming to market. One of the items is finally now available. The gadget is called the AViiQ Portable Charging Station. The station is an interesting device in a zipper bag that will charge three devices that use USB ports at the same time. The case the battery is in is zippered and has a bunch of pockets for cables and other accessories.
Pioneer has outed its latest speakers, the the S-MM301 and S-MM751RU are both intended for computer users rather than those looking for something to blow their faces off during an action movie. The S-MM751RU is a 2.1 set pushing 10W to each angular satellite speaker and 20W to the subwoofer, and comes with a nifty little remote "puck" that not only controls volume and playback but includes an SD card reader and line-in audio input.
If you have a notebook that you like that lacks 3G or 4G connectivity inside you don’t need to get a new notebook. What you need is a speedy USB modem to cram inside your rig. AT&T has announced a new USB modem for notebook users that plugs into your USB port and gives you access to the AT&T mobile broadband network.
Generally when you have a set of speakers powered by the USB port on your computer you can’t expect much in the way of sound. Often the sound quality is directly related to the amount of power a set of speakers has per channel. The USB port being a low power port can’t deliver much to the speakers connected to it making them sound worse than speakers that need an AC outlet generally. A company called Olasonic has a new set of USB speakers with impressive power.