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USBs, peripherals take center stage

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? flash drive? mobile memory?

Stretchable USB cables
In a tech world which simply cannot seem to free itself from a tangle of cables and wires, flexibility is a holy grail, and Japanese manufacturer Asahi Kasei Fibers has stretched creativity that crucial inch further with its bungee style USB cable.

Boasting the ability to stretch up to 1.5 times its length Cthe same elasticity of the human skinthe Asahi Kasei cables are enabling a whole new range of options for electronics, from pluggable wearables through to flexi-cabled robots able to move with a natural range of motion.

Stretchable USB cables

The USB cables have an elasticity that is the same as that of the human skin."

The company, which also makes Spandex, believes that its elastic cables will take the humble USB to the next levelor at the very least, around the next corner.

Camera USB
Over 250 million photos a day are uploaded to Facebook alone, and as we become increasingly snap-happy, consumers are demanding easier and faster ways to upload their images to the Internet. What could be easier than a USB device that doubles as a camera?

Unsurprisingly, this next generation comes directly from Japan where digital photography has become a national hobby.

CLAP camera

Users can export their pictures and charge the camera's battery simultaneously.

The CLAP camera is a tiny 2-megapixel machine with an image resolution of 1280x1024 and video resolution of 720x480, with an ISO of 100 and a built-in rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

Up to 16GB of memory can be slotted in via MicroSD card, and pictures can be directly uploaded via the in-built USB 2.0/1.1 head. This also means users can export their pictures and charge the camera's battery simultaneously, while also using the camera as a storage device for other files.

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