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USB Gadgets, Music, a Magic Wand and Star Wars.

beautiful USB Gadgets, Music, a Magic Wand and Star Wars.

Today we review 4 beautiful Gadgets from Firebox.com. There were many interesting products to choose, but these ones seem very unique or useful at the same time and also very technological for all our geeks readers.

The trait in common between some of them is the use of USB as power source. Use of USB is becoming very common lately. Just consider the immense possibilities of this interface: easy to use, plug and play, universal products, any kind of possible use.

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The first product of this review is the USB Cassette Deck. With it you can digitize the music trapped on your old cassettes.

Simply plug this double tape deck into your computer and you can start converting tapes into MP3s. The USB Cassette Deck comes with Audacity and EZ Tape Converter software.

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Second product is the MyTunes MP3 Amp. Designed to amplify the music trapped within MP3 players (or any music player with a 3.5mm jack) and computers, MyTunes features bass, treble and volume dials, so you can fine tune its output to perfection.

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Then we have the Magic Wand Remote Control. Utterly astounding, this beautifully crafted gizmo looks like the kind of thing you might find in Diagon Alley. The difference is you use it to control your telly, Sky, digibox, stereo or any other infra-red device via various abracadabra-ish gestures. Simply swish, whirl and flick to change channels, adjust volume and much more.

Totally button-free, the Wand can ‘learn’ up to 13 infrared codes from your existing remote(s) and fling them into the ether when you perform one of 13 predefined gestures. It’s a kind of magic.

You can assign various functions to various moves: flicks to turn on and off; spins to control volume; big swishes to mute and so on. You’ll be flicking just for the fun of it. Better still, rival wizards will be unable to mess with the telly or digibox unless you show them your moves.

To add to its supernatural nature, the Wand also features a ‘heartbeat’ in the form of various pulses that confirm gesture recognition and tell you when the batteries are low. It even goes into sleep mode after 60 seconds of inactivity and ‘wakes’ when you pick it up.

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Last but not least, the Star Wars Force Trainer. This is a real wonder from Firebox.com. Can you feel the Force? Go on, close your eyes and concentrate. As you take instruction from Yoda, a special wireless headset utilises cutting-edge EEG sensor technology to read and interpret your brainwaves. Yes, really! Said brainwaves are then converted into energy which controls the training sphere in a transparent tower. The deeper your concentration and mental focus, the greater your ability to move the training sphere up and down in varying combinations.

You’ll progress from Padawan to Jedi Master, using the Force (or something similar) to advance through 15 levels of training. There’s even a Freeplay mode for show-offs.

The key is to let go of your feelings until your brainwaves build up and register on the sensor-laden headset. A smart control panel displays your current training level, while the increasingly challenging sequences are enhanced by Star Wars sound effects and tips from Yoda.