At last, something useful to stick into your USB port: a battery

Don’t you just love an invention that was practically begging to be thought up? You know, the ones that make you smack yourself in the forehead and say “I wish I’d thought of that!”


The how about this idea: USBCELL. They’re batteries that recharge when plugged into the USB port of a computer. Nothing else required: no extra cables or recharger dock, just stick ‘em in the hole.

Now that it’s been invented, it’s obvious isn’t it? I guess the thinking went roughly like this:

  • every computer has a USB port (usually several) as standard equipment
  • USB provides both data transfer and power supply
  • fancy “USB toys” (lamps, fans, Hello Kitty crap, even Air Darts) have been around for ages, so we know people will buy all kinds of tat to stick in their USB ports
  • what does everyone use in this age of portable digital devices?

Answer: batteries

It’s simple and brilliant, and these guys deserve to make a million (or ten).

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