Even wackier USB devices

15 more USB devices that serve useful - and not-so-useful - purposes

Boy, you sure loved our round-up of 15 wacky USB gadgets. So much so that it got us thinking--could there be more insanity to check up on out there in USB-land? Hah! Silly question. There are tons more USB-based gadgets out there that serve useful, and not-so-useful, purposes. Here's a look at 15 more way-out gadgets powered by that ever-so-handy jack, the USB.

Desk-Top Distractions

If your office is a circus already, then you'll appreciate this little circus cannon. It comes with three foam shooters that will fly up to 20 feet into the included net. You'll have to provide your own clown to dance along to the pre-recorded circus music, but that won't be too difficult in your office, will it?

Your computer crashed, again. Your boss is yelling at you to meet that deadline, and your car won't start. Don't you just feel like blowing up the world? Well, now you can. Just break out the Armageddon Hub , flip the two switches, turn the key, open the plastic cover, and push the red "ultimate destruction" button. Okay, nothing will actually happen (except some loud honking noises), but the Armageddon Hub actually does serve a useful purpose--it doubles as a four-port USB hub. And it's useful for taunting people with the occasional: "If you don't leave me alone, I'm going to blow up the world."

Can't grow anything under those humming fluorescent bulbs that illuminate your desk? Plug this little flower fan --complete with its own flowerpot--into your USB port and watch it spin. It'll add some inorganic color, it'll cool you off if the air conditioning isn't working, and the fan actually packs quite a punch--the manufacturers recommend putting some sticky tack underneath so it doesn't blow itself over. Whoosh!

Into time-wasting at work? Then you'll love this compact light show. The plasma ball glows pink, with the occasional flash of blue lightning that will respond to your touch. It doesn't release any static electricity, though, so no fuzzy buzzes tingle your fingers when you press it.

Actually useful

Aching for the days when lava lamps and blacklight posters were all the rage? Fulfill a little of that need for nostalgia with the Glitter Lamp . It's not filled with lava--just glitter--but it's six inches high and comes in pink, silver, and blue. It's so totally retro. And useful in a way. If it's still glowing when you leave your desk, you'll know you've left your PC on.

It can get stuffy in an office when you're cooped up all day long. It doesn't help that none of your windows will open, and your cubicle-mate hasn't showered in a few days. The best solution to this funky problem is an alarm clock air purifier . The front's a clock and the back pulls air into the sphere to clean it up. That way you can breathe easy while counting down the hours to clocking out for the day.

Identity thieves aren't just trying to put spyware on your computer; they're also looking through your trash. That's why it's a good idea to shred all of your sensitive documents. What better way to do that than with a USB-based paper shredder? This one has a handy letter opener and a clear paper catcher so you can watch your shredded handiwork pile up.

Bad back? It's probably due to all those hours spent hunched over in front of your computer. You're probably hunched over right now. Well, sit up! And then get the Posture Reminder . It balances on top of your monitor and tracks the location of your head. If you get too close, or too far, the device will flash red reminding you to correct your posture. No more excuses--it's time to take care of that back!

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