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World's coolest USB hubs

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August 26, 2006

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August 27, 2006 The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is no misnomer – whatever the hopes for its universality might have been when it came into existence a decade ago, they have almost certainly been exceeded. Indeed, the success of USB connectivity is evident on just about every desk as the daisy-chaining design has created a nest of wires, a gaggle of portable storage devices, and a bunch of digital devices which depend upon USB to give your host computer regular data transfusions such as the equally prolific MP3 player and digital camera and coming plague of Bluetooth devices. Accordingly, it’s no surprise that USB hubs have become commonplace too. Our prize for the coolest USB hub design we’ve seen goes to the Self Destruction Button - a four-port hub designed to look like the button that would launch a nuclear attack, complete with cover and key. Runners up in the coolest USB hub competition include the four-port Google USB Mouse Pad, the four-port Coffee Cup Hotplate and the Hanaro Plus, the world’s first integrated ubiquitous device (a EUR115 combination hub, microphone, camera, speaker, flash memory port and video conference system). Everything here via RedFerret

Originally developed by Japanese designers ZariganiWorks, the Self Destruction Hub measures 100 x 67 x 80 mm, weighs 215 grams and can be purchased on the net at GeekStuff4You for USD$62.75. If you’d like to see more of the Self Destruction Button USB before you buy, check out the vid at akihabaranews.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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