Yes, yes, we all remember the endless parade of cufflinks that doubled as USB storage drives – if you missed it, it happened maybe four or five years ago and it didn’t so much resemble a parade as it did a line of preschoolers tethered together on their way to the playground.
But this is Y2K12, boyo, and there’s a new breed of high-tech cufflinks in town.
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While one cufflink in the set of Polished Silver Oval Wifi and 2GB USB Cufflinks that Brookstone is selling indeed doubles as a USB storage drive, the other one is an honest-to-goodness USB Wi-Fi hotspot. Why is this important?
Let’s say you’re at a wedding and the wireless router kicks the bucket. Just hook a laptop directly into the cable modem and then stick the Wi-Fi cufflink into one of the laptop’s USB ports. In no time at all, you’ve got yourself a new wireless hotspot that all the guests can use to surf the web on their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. This sounds like a boring wedding, but you just made it exponentially more interesting by being the guest with the Wi-Fi cufflinks, so there’s that.
The Wi-Fi cufflink requires software to be installed on the host computer, which you can download first or oh, I don’t know, store on the other cufflink that doubles as a USB storage drive. “How you’ve managed to stay single this long is beyond me.” Expect to hear that phrase a LOT whenever you’re wearing these babies.
The cufflinks cost $250, which is insane, but if you regularly purchase cufflinks, you probably have that kind of money in your cufflink budget.
Polished Silver Oval Wifi and 2GB USB Cufflinks [Brookstone]