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10 Crazy USB Devices

Got a spare USB port on your PC? Check out these crazy-but-inspired USB add-ons.

Wacky USB Devices

That extra USB port on your PC is just begging to be used. Sure, you could find something work-related and useful, but where's the fun in that? Instead, pick up one of these 10 fun little gadgets.

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Missile Launcher

The cubicle arms race has escalated once again. Forget your squirt guns, air blasters, and the like. Hook this bad boy up to your Windows machine, and you'll have a full 360 degrees of computer-guided foam artillery at your fingertips with an effective range of a full six meters. Office supremacy will be yours! Buy it here.

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Eye and Brain Massager

Quoth the great C. Montgomery Burns: "Smithers, massage my brain." Well, now you can use this little device to get your brain massaged without having to pay a personal assistant. Instead of having to rub your own temples, just put on this way-futuristic-looking headset and let the relaxation begin. Buy it here.

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Heated Slippers

Keep your tootsies toasty with these handy little electric blankets for your feet. Why wait for your slippers to warm up with your own body heat when you can plug them into a USB port and power up? Just don't forget to unplug them or take them off before you walk away from your computer. Buy them here.

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Chess Set

Computer-game chess? Bah! Stick with the real thing and grab this USB-powered chess set. The board rolls up for easy portability, and if you need to pack it up midgame, you can save a JPEG of the current game status for easy setup when you're ready to continue. Buy it here.

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Dancing Robot

Admit it: We've all taken a moment here and there to boogie while sitting at our computers, right? Getting caught midboogie can be an embarrassing moment, but if you had yourself a dancing robot that shimmies in sync with any music media your computer plays, you could at least claim you're just going along with the robot. Buy it here.

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Bamboo Fountain

Instead of plugging some sort of work device into that USB port, why not plug in a little piece of tranquility? This USB-powered fountain not only illuminates, it also circulates water to keep the waterfall going. It's no full-scale Japanese tea garden, but it's a good start. Buy it here.

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Remote-Control Car

No need to get one of those driving games with the crazy steering wheel peripheral and all that. Just grab yourself a USB-powered remote-control car, and you can steer it all over the office using your PC -- you can even honk the horn. Buy it here.

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Mini Aquarium

No, it's not a real aquarium, as that probably wouldn't work out so well when you shut down your PC. Instead, you get the closest thing to a real aquarium, complete with USB-powered LED and motor to keep your plastic fish moving. Buy it here.

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Fragrance Oil Burner

This little dynamo can serve a useful purpose if your office or PC area has started to smell a little, ahem, stale. Just plug it into a USB port, add some scented oil to the reservoir, and enjoy the pleasing new aroma that will come wafting your way. Buy it here.

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LED Nameplate

If you've got a message to broadcast to the world, or at least your immediate vicinity, why not do it marquee-style? These customizable scrolling badges can hold up to eight 253-character messages (almost twice the size of a tweet!) and display them in five scrolling modes. Buy it here.

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