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Overhead Computer Control Panel

You could either opt for a programmable keyboard / mouse combo, or build one of these TRON-inspired overhead control panels, like Imgur user "Knillis". Every single one of the buttons and switches is programmable. "The green section turns on the different programs I run most often. The top row triggers Chrome, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and iTunes," said Knillis. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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Sabrent SuperSpeed Memory Card Reader

Sabrent's SuperSpeed CR-UMSS turns memory cards (SD, SDHC, microSD, T-Flash, etc.) into a virtual USB 3.0 thumb drive, and it doubles as a memory card reader to boot, all for $5.99, originally $19.99. You can easily and quickly transfer files from your flash memory cards super-fast USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5Gb/s - reverse compatible with USB 2.0. Simply plug it in, and you're ready to use. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chip $9 Computer

At $99, CHIP was designed for light web users out, and is a single board system equipped with a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM as well as 4GB of built-in storage. It's powered by an open source operating system, and is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology. You can connect it to any HDMI or VGA, and for gamers, there's a Game Boy inspired case that houses CHIP, letting you use it as a portable game console. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Keychain USB 3.0 Drive

Silicon Power's 32GB Jewel J80 Drive is nearly indestructible, fits on a keychain, and can be picked up for $12.99. The J80 stands out thanks to its exquisite zinc alloy metal casing and elegant titanium color, complete with an ergonomic circular shape design for comfortable usage. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Finger USB Drive

Finnish software developer Jerry Jalava lost part of his finger in a motorcycle accident, but rather than opt for a standard prosthetic, he decided to incorporate a USB key into the new digit. He loaded the 2GB with Billix distribution, CouchDBX, and Ajatus to run off the drive. When Jalava needs to use the drive, he simply pulls it off his left hand, plugs it in, making for a quite literal, "plug-and-play". Continue reading for a video showing how to make your own novelty eraser USB flash drive.

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SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card

The SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card is perfect for mobile devices, and can be picked up for just $59.99 shipped today (newest version ships on Aug. 20), originally $149.99. It features a Class 10 speed rating for capturing Full HD video and read speeds of up to 80MB/s for extremely fast file transfer. The card is waterproof, temperature-proof, shockproof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, and comes with an SD adapter. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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NES Cartridge Hard Drive Mod

Photo credit: Cheesey24 / Imgur

Repurposing an old game cartridge isn't something new, but this is one of the first projects we've seen with a custom label. Imgur user "cheesey24" started with an old hard drive and a Championship Bowling cartridge, but gutting the latter wasn't the easiest of tasks. Since Nintendo uses custom screws, he had to make his own tool - using an old runner from a model kit and a lighter to mold it - before cracking open the case. After some dremeling, a custom label from UnconventionalHacker and securing the hard drive, the rest is history. Continue reading to see the project from start to finish.

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Old Hard Drive 1950s IBM

Hard drives with massive storage capacities are getting smaller, but back in 1956, it was an entirely different story. Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Assembled with covers, the 350 was 60 inches long, 68 inches high and 29 inches deep. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters, for a capacity of 5 million characters. Disks rotated at 1,200 rpm, tracks (20 to the inch) were recorded at up to 100 bits per inch, and typical head-to-disk spacing was 800 micro-inches. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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Logitech Z506

Logitech's Z506 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System can be picked up for just $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. Everything is plug-and-play, simply connect your entertainment gear and you can immerse yourself in big 5.1 surround sound - ven from your 2-channel stereo music, movie and game tracks. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Remix Mini Android PC

It fits in your pocket, costs $40, but at the flick of a switch, Remix Mini becomes a functional Android PC. Touted as "the world's first true Android PC," it runs Remix OS, which is compatible with all Android apps while still offering PC features such as a taskbar, multiple windows, mouse / keyboard support, and lots more. The power button requires users to simply touch the top of the capacitive surface to have everything up and running within seconds. It's powered by the latest 64-bit chipset, and offers Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as USB connectivity. The small device uses just 10 watts, which is significantly less than the average desktop PC that consumes 60 to 240w. Continue reading for a video and a link to the Kickstarter page.

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