8 Cool Gadgets to Plug Into Your USB Port

From mini fridges to heated slippers, these USB-powered items make unique gifts

Close-Up Of Usb Ports On Computer
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These days, you can plug just about anything into a USB port. For example, a portable USB-powered iron was considered for the list, but ultimately left off. Here are eight of the coolest and strangest things found out there. Most of them aren’t very practical, but they’re sure to liven up any office.

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Narwhal USB Heated Plush Slippers

USB Slippers

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These are perfect for anyone who ever has a song stuck in their head or anyone who just likes a good narwhal and has cold feet. Plug them into your computer to warm up; unplug them to walk around.

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Electric Scalp/Brain Massager

Carejoy Head Massager Electric Scalp Brain Acupuncture Points Massage Tool

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Filed under, “Who thinks of these things?” this “head spa” doesn’t technically massage your brain (please leave your brain alone). Instead, it stimulates nerve endings via eight levels of vibrations, according to the company. The size can be adjusted for both pea-sized and melon heads.

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USB Squirming Tentacle

Squirming tentacle

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“OH MY GOD, WHAT IS THAT THING?!” is pretty much what you’re guaranteed to hear from anyone who comes into your office. This tentacle doesn’t actually serve any other purpose than to wiggle and freak out people — it doesn’t have any built-in storage to act as a flash drive, for example — but buying several and plugging them all into a USB hub is more than enough purpose for a PC peripheral.   

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USB Mini Fridge and Heater

USB Mini fridge


This 7.7-inch-tall mini fridge will not only cool down a can of soda to 54 degrees, but you can also use it warm up a coffee to 116 degrees. Of course, one can only imagine how much power this draws from your computer.

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Robo Bladeless Fan



Rather than fan blades, this 5-inch-tall little guy uses an airfoil-shaped ramp that’s said to be quieter, more eco-friendly and safer (no more chopped fingers!) than a traditional fan. Plus, he’s adorable.

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Desktop Aquarium



This all-in-one USB-powered fish tank features a low-voltage pump, so it’s really only meant for low-maintenance fish like betas or goldfish. But wait — there’s more! It also has a built-in clock, calendar, temperature sensor, light, pen holder and white-noise machine. It even comes with gravel and a plastic plant for your future cube friends.

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USB Chess Game



This chess board lets you play with a friend or the computer and record your moves as screen shots or data files, which can be saved and emailed. There are three learning levels, and games can be paused for later play. The chess board can even be rolled up for portability.

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USB MP3 Sunglasses



Take note wannabe MacGyvers, these glasses come built-in, flip-up ear buds and flip-up lenses. The battery life is up to six hours, so that’s plenty of time to walk around looking you just stepped out of a bad movie. With on-device controls, these might actually be a decent option for runners, provided they’ll stay on your head.