The thing this year seems to be to mix n match a USB dongle. One USB drive, for example, also sports Wi-Fi. Another is also a Bluetooth dongle. Then there are the whacky things that just make the most of being a) powered by the computer and/or b) connected to the computer.
Shenzhen-based 6dragon Technology Co. Ltd (“Quality, Value and Service are not the only words we use, but these are also what we stand for”*), for example offers the following:
A USB vacuum (which, as the blurb puts it, ‘Can the dust of the valid clearance calculator keyboard’);
Several different USB-powered oxygen bars (‘Delicate style to be integrated with autos: Moreover, it is suitable to the office as well as home environment. And your taste lies here.’ Indeed);
The folk at 6Dragon (“If you are looking for someone to stand behind you for the long term, you will not go wrong with 6dragon!”*) also showed me a USB-radio, that looks like a dongle, but I can’t find it on their website. I see engadget were there some time ago but it was new to me.
Anyway, now you’re beginning to get an idea of what you could use your USB drive for. Go for it. Be the envy of your office-mates.
Just dropped in on the HUGE Hong Kong electronics expo thing. God is it big. Don’t even think about going round in an hour or two. It’s going to take me days to get round.
The thing that amuses me about these things is the whole Namecard Exchanging Thang. You’d have thought by now buyers, sellers, exhibitors and organisers would have come up with some better way of exchanging names and addresses, given everyone is busy buying and selling gadgets from USB-powered foot-baths to roll-up pianos.
But no: Everyone you talk to wants your business card, and if you don’t have one (well, I do have one, but I’m not giving that one away) they will look suspiciously at you and ask you to write down your email address in their exercise book. Of course, my handwriting is awful, especially when I’m lugging around a laptop and thousands of flyers, brochures and pricelists, so anyone with the email addresses email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com is going to be getting Hong Kong Electronics Expo related spam. All I can be confident of is that I, despite my best efforts to be legible, won’t get any.
So whatever happened to beaming namecards at each other? Does nobody do this anymore? Did anybody ever do this? Do any cellphones or smartphones actually let you do this as easily as the old Palms? If not, someone should make it happen. Set up your stall at the entrance of the next gadget expo and you’ll find a million customers queuing up. With me at the front.