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LaCie Culbuto “roly-poly toy” USB Key brainchild of French designer Constance Guisset

LaCie Culbuto “roly-poly toy” USB Key brainchild of French designer Constance Guisset

Today here at CES, LaCie has taken the wraps off a globular, elongated USB key called the Culbuto. Designed by French designer Constance Guisset, this storage drive bobs about when poked or otherwise disturbed, hence the maker describing it as akin to a roly-poly toy. The name Culbuto itself hints at the drive's nature, being the French word for a weighted-base toy that rolls upright when it's knocked to the side.

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Thanko USB head massager makes cubicle dwelling workers more comfortable

Thanko USB head massager makes cubicle dwelling workers more comfortable

Thanko is a Japanese company that is famous (or infamous?) for making some of the strangest USB gadgets out there. The company has a full line of odd gadgets to keep you warm, keep you cool, and to massage away your mundane life in an office cubicle. Thanko offers a USB powered air purifier to make the air you breathe in your office more bearable that we talked about before.

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USB Type-C connector in development with slimmer design

USB Type-C connector in development with slimmer design

The next generation of the ubiquitous USB is in development, according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. The upcoming version will feature an all-new design that is intended to meet the wants and needs of the modern market, namely being slimmer and smaller than present standard USB connectors to allow for slimmer devices overall. If all goes as planned, the group says the "supplement to the USB 3.1 specification" will be ready by next summer.

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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

Anyone who's on the road a lot for work, school, or pleasure knows it can be a challenge keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use away from an outlet. If your travels take you outdoors a lot, keeping your gadgets charged and keeping you in touch can be particularly troublesome. A company called Ascent Solar Technologies has announced a new backpack called the EnerPlex Packr that not only has plenty of room for all of your gear, but helps keep your gadgets powered working.

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