USB basketball, the ultimate in productivity

But it should be expanded for online play.

Terrific Toys

Finally, a USB gadget that's actually useful. We had pretty much given up on the one-time novel plug-and-play desktop devices until they became so common that practically anything that required electricity was being turned into a USB product. Thanko's recently released aromatherapy treatment was probably a new all-time low.

The "USB Hoops Basketball Game" is a undeniable exception to that trend, the first USB-worthy item in recent memory. Our only quibble is the obvious missed opportunity: The game keeps score on its own digital display, but the USB connection could have been used to create all types of neat stuff on the computer, such as online office tournaments.

Once again, Crave is always thinking of ways to keep your workplace at optimum productivity.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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