ThinkGeek’s weirdest USB drives, devices to liven up your workspace
Many of us spend a lot of times at our desks with our computers, which often become desolate wastelands of coffee cups and snack wrappers. But, desks don’t have to be sad places to which we’re shackled — they can be fun, if weird, places to hang out with a little personalization.
Over at ThinkGeek are lots of little ways for you to make your desk a little more like your home, using a number of USB-powered gadgets to liven things up. The store carries a bunch of USB-powered items, and the weirdest ones are usually the most fun. Plus, you can get 3.5 percent Cash Back on your purchases from ThinkGeek, too.
Tentacles, turrets and the TARDIS
Some of the USB items available from ThinkGeek have practical uses, and some don’t. One of the goofiest and most fun is the USB Squirming Tentacle. It doesn’t really do anything — it’s literally just a green, writhing tentacle that sticks out of your USB port — but it looks cool, and for $10, it’s a least a good conversation piece at the office.
Among the more fun entries that still isn’t really useful is the USB Rocket Launcher. It doesn’t have a work-related use, perhaps, but it can still be trained on neighboring cubicles to launch foam darts against rivals. Annoying co-workers is often use enough, and you’ll pay $30 for the privilege of raining USB-powered fury on your more easily irritated neighbors.
Finally, in the realm of useful items comes the Doctor Who TARDIS 4-Port USB Hub. Primarily, it’s a USB hub that lets you plug in four other items — like tentacles and turrets, among other things. But, modeled after Dr. Who’s signature time machine, the hub also has flashing lights and will even make time travel sound effects, if you want. It comes in at $30.
Probably the best of ThinkGeek’s USB items is a desktop organizer that’s a great for keeping pens and other items like cell phones at arm’s reach. But it also keeps something else close at hand — life! ThinkGeek’s USB Fishquarium uses USB power to run a clock, as well as a filter and a lamp, giving you everything you need for your desk for $40, including a few friendly fish to keep you company.
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