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Posted January 15th, 2007 in Miscellaneous

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MoGo Dapter is finger-nail sized Bluetooth Adapter that plugs into any laptop or tablet USB port. The Dapter uses advanced technologies - Bluetooth standard v2.0 +EDR and USB 2.0 - to provide you with quicker connection times, enhanced voice and multimedia quality, greater Wi-Fi environments, and up to three-times-faster data-transfer speeds than v1.2 Adapters.

Sounds great, looks tiny, available in the second quarter for around $49.99.

iPod Ripper Hammacher Schlemmer is hawking a new universal iPOD RIPPER that “converts any type of video or audio, including cassette tapes, vinyl records, television shows, and VHS tapes” and puts it on your iPod — no PC or Mac required. It comes with all the RCA, S-Video and other cables you need.

The converter plugs into any audio or video device equipped with RCA connections and S-Video (standard on nearly all A/V components) with its included audio/video cables. Simply push the record button, and content is converted to digital MP3 (audio) or MPEG4 (video) format, three hours of 320 x 240 resolution video content takes up approximately 1 GB, and is stored immediately onto an iPod (video iPod required for video content). Data can also be uploaded to a USB flash drive or USB hard drive plugged into the converters USB port; it automatically detects if it has attached an iPod or USB key. Plugs into AC.

Source: hammacher.com

Brando  USB phonebook Brando has begun offering its USB Phonebook Flash Drive for frequent cellphone users. Equipped with adapters for common Nokia, Samsung, and Sony-Ericsson phones, the flash drive’s sole purpose is to transfer a phone’s contact list to or from the handset for backup and editing. The actual phonebook has two buttons on it, along with a light.

The software that is included in the unit works with Windows 98SE all the way to Windows XP, and no extra driver is needed. Infact, the software is already built into the phonebook so you need not install anything. You can then upload the contacts to your phone in “one touch”.

The device is only USB 1.1 compliant, and making it USB 2.0 would speed up the transferring of contacts. The USB Phonebook Flash Drive can be purchased for $20.50 over at Brando’s website. You can choose either the Nokia, Sony Ericcson, or Samsung edition.

Posted December 28th, 2006 in Peripherals

SD to USB Its application is limited to those of you toting around SD card devices (my camera, for example, would be a good candidate for this chip), but instead of plugging in your digital camera or smart phone into your computer to download/upload information, why not just pop the information onto an SD card and transfer it that way? ‘But I don’t have a card reader,’ you say. Ah, but this SD card from Proporta has a USB connection on one end! Clever!

Coming in a 2 GB capacity for about $110, with available memory card holder or key ring, both made out of aluminum (sold separately for another two or three dollars), the Proporta SD card fits in the same slot as the rest of your SD cards, which means you don’t have to worry about the USB plug sticking out and breaking on something. A very cool idea and one I could see having applications across a number of flash memory types.

Pros:
# 2GB SD card will work in USB port without an adapter;
# Card goes directly from PPC to computer;
# Aluminum card holder protects and organizes memory cards.

Cons:
# 2GB SD card is expensive considering current SD prices.

Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

MyBattery USB Pocket Japan Trust Technology (JTT) offers MyBattery, a charger for mobile devices such as phones, PDAs, game consoles and any other product that can be recharged via USB.

Capacity: 3400mAh (3.7V)
Output voltage: DC 5.5V
Output current: 700mA max.

Source: JTT