AT&T Introduces Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Since June 18th, 25 solar-powered charging stations have sprouted in parks, beaches and other outdoor spaces as part of a pilot project from the wireless provider in partnership with the city. The stations — 12.5-foot steel poles with three petal-shaped solar panels fanning out on top — can accommodate up to six devices at a time regardless of wireless carrier, with dedicated ports for iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and standard USB charging cables. Designed by a Dumbo-based firm, Pensa, with solar technology from Goal Zero, a mobile solar start-up, they are to remain in place in spots like Union Square Park, Metrotech Plaza and Rockaway Beach for three to four weeks at a time until October. If successful, AT&T could expand to other cities. The project will cost $300,000 to $500,000.

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GIGS.2.GO Disposable USB Flashdrive

As USB drives these days are really cheap so I think that is why Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup have come to the idea of making this GIGS.2.GO, a credit card sized pack of 4 USB drives. Just tear a gig if you need and its recycled paper body makes easy for labeling. Slick and simple to use, this is a perfect gadget at business meetings.

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USB Clip

USB Clip

The progressive technical development makes electronic storage devices smaller and cheaper. Especially USB sticks are often used instead of CD or DVD-ROMs for archiving or transferring data. But because of their small size there is the risk that these modern data storage media are not noticed by the addressee or even get lost. The USB clip, however, can be clipped on any paper like letter paper, a business card or a brochure. No way to overlook it. No additional constructions or fasteners that could disturb the data carrier‘s desired flatness necessary for the transport.

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Dead Drops Project

“‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.”

Dead Drops ‘How to’ Video

The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, Oct. 2010.

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