The invention of USB technology has enabled the development and the widespread usage of peripheral devices on today’s computers. These devices can include tools that are very useful yet simple such as a plug-n-play mouse. They can be the speakers that provide the sound for your computer or they can charge, synchronize and connect your PDA devices.
The popularity of USB protocol means that computers are manufactured with more and more USB ports. USB hubs have also become more prevalent. These allow more USB devices to be added to a computer that has fewer USB ports. The prevalence of USB technology opens the door for the average computer user to sit down to work with several USB devices plugged in with all functioning at the same time. This convenience has led to the development of a lot of advanced business tools that use USB technology. It has also led to the development of many novelty USB gadgets, some of which serve a purpose and others that solely entertain us. Below is just a short list of the some of fun, crazy and interesting USB devices that I have come across recently:
Barbie USB Flash Drive
The Barbie USB Flash Drive is a miniature version of Barbie that has a pop off head. To use it, simply pull her head off and stick her neck into the USB port to make use of her storage memory. Similarly Solid Alliance offers the iDuck which is a flash drive in the shape of a duck.
USB Hand warmers
USB Hand warmers are a novelty pair of gloves that are made with heating pads attached. Simply plug the gloves into your USB port and enjoy the heat. The gloves are fingerless so they still allow you to type on your computer keyboard.
USB Mood Lamp and Speaker
This nifty device allows you to play music from your computer through your USB port. In addition to being speakers, the device is a mood lamp. Once plugged in, it begins to change color according to mood.
The mini aquarium is a fun gadget that when filled with water and attached to your USB port will light up and come alive. The fish will swim and just like a real aquarium will help reduce your stress levels and provide you with hours of entertainment.
USB Electric Toothbrush
For those of you that never actually leave your computer, you can now freshen up and brush your teeth at your computer, using the USB electronic toothbrush set.
As you can see, if you are stumped for what gifts to buy your computer crazy kids or husband for Christmas, novelty USB items such as those mentioned above should make choosing a gift for them that bit easier.