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Weird USB stuff, pt. 2

Sorry for the delays in posting — I’ve been wrapped up in a project that has kept me from the blog!

But, without further ado, let’s continue the USB weirdness that I posted last week. My artist friend El Rey has continued to hunt the aether for the strangest things on earth that you can plug into a USB port, and has uncovered the following gems:

- the Hello Kitty USB hub (pictured above)
- a USB electric toothbrush
- the ever-toasty USB electric blanket
- and the USB desk fan.

The desk fan I can sort of imagine being useful, but the other stuff? This has got to be some sort of Japanese overcrowding thing. Most of those products are solely Japanese, and outside of their gadgetomania, in urban areas everyone lives in such tiny apartments that your toothbrushing may, in fact, take place within arm’s reach of the computer.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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