Whenever we lay our eyes on an ordinary USB recharging cable, chances are we would not even give it a second glance. However, if you are the flashy type who loves to stand out of the crowd, you might want to consider what Xenon has in store for you with their very own version of a USB recharging cable.
This is one futuristic charging cable that will light up when plugged into a powered USB port, and the lights are there not only for cosmetic purposes, but will also be able to provide an indication as to how fast your device is juicing itself up, depending on the speed of the light pulses that flow along the cable. You will also know when your plugged in device is filled to the brim with battery, as the light will turn off automatically. Definitely worth charging this up at night for a free light show, I say. Enjoy the video of the Xenon USB recharging cable in action right after the jump.
Gemini unveiled the original FirstMix last year and now it’s just introduced two more models for the beginner DJ. The FirstMix I/O looks little more than a revision of the original, with some minor aesthetic tweaks, although we’ve not yet been given full specs for a proper comparison. The FirstMix Pro, however, definitely brings a little more to the DJ booth. We spy what appears to be three hot-cue buttons on each deck, expandable to six via a shift function, as well what looks like a three channel EQ. Loop-in and out buttons also make an appearance, along with — most significantly — a 3.5mm headphone jack, which suggests a built-in sound interface for pre-cueing. Gemini wants $129.95 for the FirstMix I/O and $199.95 for the FirstMix Pro and both come bundled with MixVibes LE. Fans of the original can now pick it up for a reduced $79.99. Check the PR after the break for the run-down.
Take two cables into the shower? Not AOC, who’s announced its new e2251Fwu 22-inch USB monitor, a sizable step up from last time. Taking power and signal from the same lead means one less wall port and less desk-spaghetti, which it claims makes it ideal for multi-screen computing.
Spec-wise, we’re looking at 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (far less at native, no doubt), 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a 5ms response time. The plug and play device should work on all your favorite operating systems, when it lands in February for $199. See the full PR after the break.
Starting from January 18, NEC will propose in Japan a new pair of 24” WUXGA TN LED LCDs with the MultiSync LCD-EA243WM and MultiSync LCD-EA243WM-BK (White and Black). While these monitors are coming with some rather “common” specs, NEC however brought a new interested feature on these monitors that comes with a en ECO MODE display the amount of CO2 emissions while powered on! So if you are an eco-conscious freak, this new CO2 emissions counter is just what you will need to stop your WOW addiction!
Other features includes a 20 to 46W power consumption, a 25,000:1 contrast ratio, a 250cd/m2 brightness, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, mini-D-SUB, USB… for just 45,000 Yen.
If you’re in the market for a new USB 3.0 flash drive, Toshiba may have something for you in the form of the TransMemory-EX, a new USB 3.0 developed by the Japanese company with read and write speeds of up to 220MB/s and 94MB/s respectively, or so Toshiba claims. They will be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, although that would result in slower read and write speeds of 34MB/s and 30MB/s respectively.
What makes these particular bit drives antithetical from the rivalry is its superpower activity which Toshiba claims is the lowest in the manufacture, thanks to the low superpower ASIC mortal and dedicated piping speeding NAND twinkling remembering.
The Toshiba TransMemory-EX supports Windows ReadyBoost and measures 68.8x21x10.5mm and leave weigh 14g. They are predicted to signal transport in Feb though no show if they will be making their way stateside or internationally, and give reportedly expenditure $102 for the 32GB copy and $150 for the 64GB shape.
The cute yet powerful K-Series compact Hi-Fi from Kenwood has been introduced this morning in Japan in yet another version the R-K731. This compact all in one wonder comes with the usual CD, Radio and Digital Output and Input audio but comes today with the support of not only all version of iPod, iPhone and iPads via USB but also with direct PC Audio support via USB as well as being capable to handles MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV files stored on a USB stick of stored on any common DAPs.
The R-K731 comes with a 2x50W output at 6Ω, a size of 245x309x104mm for a price of 50,400 Yen.
I often use flash drives to share documents or files with other people, especially when they’re confidential or when they’re too large to send as email attachments. I use a 16GB USB drive, so I often already have tons of other files, some of them personal, on the flash drive that some of my colleagues borrow.
I protect my folders using third-party software, and everything was fine and dandy until last week, when the program suddenly crashed and locked me out of my other non-work related folders. Thankfully, I had a backup of my other files, but I wish I had a much simpler way to partition different folders without risking a crash, kind of like how designer Hyunsoo Song from SADI envisioned organizing files with the Amoeba Modular USB Flash Drive.
The Amoeba USB drive is basically four, separate drives connected into one: there’s a segment for personal files, a segment for photos and related media, another segment for music files, and a segment for documents. So when someone wants to copy something from you or when you need to pass on a certain file, just separate the entire thing and hand off the segment with the file to be shared. (Plus, you know, it saves you from possible embarrassment if you happen to have files on your drive that are meant for your eyes only, if you know what I mean.)
If you are looking for a simple way to always have your data available to you without the need to use a the cloud. A new USB watch concept has been designed which provides a simple watch style solution you can wear on your wrist.
The USB watch concept has been designed by Yoon-jin Gon, Yoon-tae Myoung & Kim Sung Hun and after a quick 10 minute dock in a computers USB port will have enough power to keep the time for up to a week.
As well as the time a quick press of a button will also show you the currently storage capacity you have available. But unfortunately the design is still just a concept at the moment even though its surely much more useful than carrying around a flash hard drive which always seem to get misplaced.
JBL has released the On Tour iBT, a new battery powered one-piece speaker that incorporates Bluetooth wireless technology to stream audio wirelessly from the iPad, iPhone, iPod or other A2DP capable devices. Weighing just over one pound, the On Tour iBT is designed for portability and can be easily carried in a backpack or purse.
The unit also includes a tabletop stand for an iPad in portrait or landscape mode allowing the iBT to function as an audio output for video playback. The On Tour iBT features four Odyssey full-range neodymium transducers with computer optimized digital signal processing equalization for detailed, 360-degree sound and supports both the A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth audio profiles. A built-in microphone also allows the unit to be used as a speakerphone for conference calls or video chats. The speaker is powered by four AA batteries or an external AC power source; when connected to a wall outlet the iBT can also charge an iPad, iPhone or iPod via a built-in USB connection. The JBL On Tour iBT sells for $150 and is available from JBL.com and other JBL retailers.
The Nyko Power Pak+ does an admirable job of keeping Nintendo’s 3DS out of the red, but what if you want an extended battery that won’t fit in your pocket? Look no further than CTA Digital’s Deluxe Power Grip, the 3DS cradle that doubles your console’s bulk to match its newly extended battery life.
The grip’s form mimics that of an Xbox 360 controller, replete with a 2600mAh battery pack and a game-card storing kickstand. The peripheral’s grips seem to lend better access to the handheld’sawkwardly positioned D-pad, but its real triumph comes in the option to charge the unit via USB; folks looking for a standardized charging solution can kick Nintendo’s official AC adapter to the curb. Comfy grips and USB compatibility will set you back about $30. Not convinced? Barrel roll past the break for the official PR and a cheesy overview video.