Our editors have compiled a list of the five strangest Japanese USB gadgets that we've come across in recent time. If we happened to miss any strange new products, please leave us a comment. "Continue reading" for the full list.
5. Evergreen's USB Egg
Evergreen Japan introduces a new egg-shaped USB gadget. In addition to being a USB 2.0 hub, the device also sports 2W stereo speakers and a 3-in-1 memory card reader (SD/CF/Media Stick) . Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
4. USB-Powered Butt Cooler
Here's another strange Japanese gadget: the USB-powered butt cooler. This device also doubles as a seat cushion and works by blowing "cool air onto your arse via the onboard fan." Product page here (Japanese).
The only downside I can see is if you let one go, the air cooler will blow it up right into your face
That's right, these USB (or AA) powered shirts from Japan have built-in fans -- 2 x 10cm -- that supposedly "draw in a large amount of air which helps to vapourize thus dissipating sweat and bringing down the wearers body temprature". Available now in Japan, no word yet on pricing.
2. Self-Destruct USB Hub
This USB 2.0 hub by SolidAlliance features an "emergency button" that when pressed, makes "explosion" sounds -- resembling a bomb -- through its built-in speaker. Available now in Japan, priced at $45USD.
1. Strange USB-Powered BBQ
A group of Japanese modders decided to make their own custom USB-powered BBQ using lots of USB cable, six PCI USB Adapter cards, and countless hours of hacking. Plus, the computer is fully functional. Short video demonstration after the jump. Lots of pictures here.