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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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Sony to launch dual USB flash drive for Android devices Jan. 2014

Sony to launch dual USB flash drive for Android devices Jan. 2014

Sony today announced a new flash drive with connectors for both micro USB and full-size USB ports. The storage unit is geared towards tablets and smartphones running Android. It is designed to make file transfer between these and other mobile devices and a PC simple and fast without the need for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

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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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Samsung SE-B18AB portable DVD writer slot loads to save space

Samsung SE-B18AB portable DVD writer slot loads to save space

Samsung has announced a new portable DVD writer designed for users of ultraportable and notebook computers that don’t have internal DVD drives. The new Samsung portable DVD writer is called the SE-B18AB. It has a metallic finished surface that looks like brushed aluminum to match with many of the notebook computers on the market today.

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Mydlink Camera Video Recorder DNR-202L records and manages network camera video

Mydlink Camera Video Recorder DNR-202L records and manages network camera video

D-Link has announced a new product that is designed to make it easy to record and manage video from network video cameras. The new product is called the mydlink Camera Video Recorder DNR-202L. D-Link designed the video recorder to record video to any off the shelf USB drive making it easy for users to expand storage as needed with any drive on the market today.

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Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger powers your device by boiling water

Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger powers your device by boiling water

Hammacher Schlemmer sells some very strange products and some very cool products. The company has announced a new product that is both strange and cool called the Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger. The device is a little pot designed for your campfire that is able to produce electricity.

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Pioneer DDJ-SB DJ controller supports Serato software

Pioneer DDJ-SB DJ controller supports Serato software

Pioneer Electronics has unveiled its latest DJ controller called the DDJ-SB. The new DJ controller is designed to be more compact and portable than Pioneer's DDJ-SX and DDJ-SR units while still offering the level of control and performance DJs look for. The DDJ-SB two-channel DJ controller is aimed at entry-level DJs.

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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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Audio-Technica ATH-D900USB USB headphones are first with a 24-bit USB DAC

Audio-Technica ATH-D900USB USB headphones are first with a 24-bit USB DAC

Audio-Technica has been producing all sorts of audiophile grade audio gear for a number of years. The company is particularly known for producing some high-quality USB turntables that are able to turn vinyl records into digital tracks via USB connectivity. The company has announced a new set of audiophile grade USB headphones will launch in February 2014 called the ATH-D9000USB.

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LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie and Porsche Design have jointly created a sleek new thumb drive aptly named the LaCie Porsche Design USB Key. Unlike many USB drives, the Porsche Design USB Key eschews colorful designs and plastics, aiming more for a sleek, subtle design that blends in on the average key ring and looks professional in a business setting. The thumb drive is available now.

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