Elecom’s 4-port USB 2.0 hub U2H-TC410B (god, who comes up with these product names anyway?) is shaped like an ordinary wall socket. It sports a magnets in the back for easy mounting on metal surfaces, but there’s hooks for regular screws as well.
AudioCubes: Elecom U2H-TC410B Wall Socket USB Hub ($39.99)
Western Digital just announced that they’ve updated the My Book World Edition II network hard drive. This sleek lookin’ network storage solution is now available with two internal drives offering a total of 4 TB as well as 2 and built-in RAID technology to keep your files safe and secure. As for connectivity you get USB 2.0 as well as gigabit ethernet, so fast transfers to and from it shouldn’t be a problem.
The updated version is already available in the Western Digital Store for $699.99 while the 2TB goes for $399.99 (or from $320 on Amazon).
Belkin has launched a new line of mice dubbed Comfort designed to stay ergonomic while looking somewhat good (I prefer ergonomics over looks any day when it comes to mice though). The mice will be available in a slew of different colors (Midnight Blue, Pitch Black, Fuchsia, Candy Red, White) and as for connections you get to pick between retractable USB cords, Bluetooth connection or wireless with a USB dongle (running on 2 AAA batteries).
The Comfort line will start shipping at the end of June and expect prices ranging from $19.99 for the retractable cord models to $49.99 for the Bluetooth ones.
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This is Handytrax, a portable USB turntable for those often finding themselves wanting to play (and digitize) vinyl records away from home. A plastic hardcase is included. No word on export status from Japan though.
Vestax.jp: Handytrax USB (Japanese)
Oh man, too bad this is just a concept – I’d buy this NES controller mouse any day, I don’t care if it’s even less ergonomic than the old Amiga 500 mice (or the early Apple ones, for that matter). No word on who the mastermind behind it is but he deserves to see this beauty mass produced.
Zeniouz: La Souris Nintendo
Japanese Century offers a slim and highly portable netbook stand sporting both a built-in and tiny fan (4 cm) to help keep your computer cool and an integrated CD/DVD multidrive. It’s a bit on the expensive side though, they want $100 for it. Wait a while and cheaper alternatives might just pop up.
Century.co.jp: Netbook stand CNBS-WT/0DD
Okay, it’s friday so let’s bring forth stuff you didn’t know you’d ever need, like the Canon LS-100TKM, a 1000dpi optical USB mouse with built-in calculator (with 10-digit LCD screen) as well as a numeric keypad. Flipping that lid open might seem more of a hassle than just hitting win-r and typing “calc”, but that’s just me…
Available in Japan by June 12th for about $32 in black and white models.
Canon Japan: Canon LS-100TKM (Google Translate)
The people over at Mimoco just sent me three Mimobots to pass on to you readers. Now, these are the 1GB models (there’s 8GB models available now) but if you’re like me and 1) value appearance over storage capacity (well… sometimes) and 2) like free stuff in general then keep on reading.
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Considering how appealing glass touch-screen interfaces are these days (think iPhone) there ought to be a market for the No-Key Keyboard, a completely non-tactile keyboard concept designed by Kong Fanwen. The idea behind this is that a built-in camera uses motion capture to record the keystrokes instead of by you actually pushing the buttons.
I wonder how my fingertips would feel after a long days hammering on solid glass though…
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Mimoco has decided to up the max storage on their Mimobot USB flash drives. All the models (including the return of Darth Vader) are now available in 8GB, but with the hefty price tag of $139.95.
Mimoco.com: Mimobots ($39.95 – $139.99)