Universal RGB Standard For Desktops

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I was looking into getting some RGB-lighted fans for my desktop, but then I saw how they were installed and decided to pass. While RGB stuff looks great, they add a bunch of wires and need dedicated software to customize their appearance, which can be a pain if you buy stuff from a variety of brands (Razer, Corsair, MSI, etc.).

I’d like to see a new universal RGB standard baked into motherboards that would control all the RGB lights for both on-board hardware and external peripherals, regardless of the manufacturer.

Spinal Tap USB Volume Knob

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I had no idea USB Volume Knobs were a thing until today! I’m grabbing one because I keep pushing my PC speaker away from me when I adjust the volume. Even better, this idea was born.

The Spinal Tap wordmark replaces the Marshall logo seen on the amplifier. I honestly believe Thinkgeek or any company could make these without the Spinal Tap or Marshall logo, as long as there is an 11 there for the gag. There’s no pointer on the dial, which spins infinitely, so the numbers are purely for decoration.

Zelda Nintendo Switch Stand

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This clear plastic stand makes it appear as though the system is floating above Link, almost like he just acquired this item. You can hear that music right now, huh?

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The fancy part is the USB cable, which clamps onto the Switch. It features a Triforce that illuminates when plugged in. When not in use, Link holds the USB cable.

HDMI Gaming Switch

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This is an HDMI switch mixed with a power bar, inspired by the recent trend of mini consoles, single board computers, and clone consoles using USB as a power source.

I was shopping for just such a device today, because my TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports. I also wanted something that would power my devices too, making it easier to deal with cable management. 

James Bond USB Car Charger

James Bond USB Car Charger by Dave Delisle

Here is a device design that is in the same vein as the Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger, but for fans of James Bond. A passenger eject button and toggle switches for weapons, what more does a car need? This is an expansion of the cigarette lighter cover I posted a few years ago.

Toy Firetruck USB Hub

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My desk is often covered with cables (especially when I am recharging my portable devices), so I thought it would be fun to help conceal the mess by using a USB Hub that looks like a toy firetruck. See, all the wires/cables would look like hoses when plugged into the side of the firetruck.

For increased functionality I would also include a headphone jack, card readers, and an LED lamp built into the extendable ladder. Lights and sounds would also be a fun touch.

Geeky Flash Drives Part 4: TRON Data Disc

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Here are two thumb drive designs based on the data disc from Tron Legacy. Now you can transport your files in style just like Flynn. They illuminate when plugged into a port. If thrown hard enough they could be used as a weapon too, I suppose.