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If you’re not aware of it, there are all sorts of things that you can run off of your USB-port, from can coolers to hedgehog-shaped heating mice to lava lamps and glowing snowmen. (No, I’m not making this up. Google it.)
Two of the devices that I use often to make me more productive are my USB lamp, and my USB fan.
The USB-Powered Lamp
For those of us without lighted keyboards, working in a darkened room can be difficult. With a USB-powered light, you can aim light right over your keys and continue to work. The lights can generally be aimed so that it doesn’t interfere with your view, and also won’t produce a glare on the screen.
By using my USB-powered light, I can write during family movie night, where the feature selection might be something that I have seen many times before. I can also work in the camper without having the overhead light on (keeping my family awake).
The USB-Powered Fan
I was skeptical of this device at first. Simply a soft-bladed fan, these produce a nice little breeze when plugged in. It doesn’t put too much of a drain on power, but at the same time produces enough air movement to keep you cool.
I use my fan all the time at work. Our building seems to have one temperature setting (“uncomfortable”) and in the hot days before they turn the air conditioning on, it can get stifling. When I’m uncomfortably warm, I can’t think. This fan allows a nice little breeze to keep me on track and programming.
Do you have any favorite USB-powered devices? Share below.
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