For those who miss (and can still remember) the quaint thrill of receiving honest-to-goodness snail mail in their mailbox, manufacturer Brando
, known for what may be the world's smallest mouse
, has made the USB Mailbox Friends Alert
. The miniaturized plastic mailbox connects via USB to a user's computer, syncing via software to a variety of common e-mail programs (Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook and POP3 are all supported), as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts. When the user receives mail of any sort, the mailbox not only lights up (changing from red to green) and emits a sound, but also raises its tiny flag as well, just like the postman used to do.
The actual utility of the device is debatable. Considering the amount of messages we get, the raised flag would just serve as a haunting reminder of our always full inbox. For those who do want that constant notification, the device can be pre-ordered for $18 directly from Brando's website. [From: Wired
, via: OhGizmo!