USB-Powered Necktie Coolers for Nerds, Courtesy of Thanko
August 29, 2010 | by V Saxena

Japanese gadget maker Thanko just released a USB-powered necktie cooler designed to provide relief to office employees who take a lot of heat from the ol’ boss.

The Thanko USB Necktie Cooler 3 was just released in late June as some sort of upgrade to the USB Necktie Cooler 2 (2008), though critics haven’t been able to find one single difference between the two. I suppose that maybe perhaps the tie design was updated?

Regardless, the dweeb device features an integrated plastic fan in the tie’s knot. And oh, if you haven’t already guessed, it’s a clip-on tie. Attached to the tie is a 135cm long cord with a USB plug at the end. You merely plug it into a USB socket and walla, you’re cool, though technically you’re anything but cool!

If you’re really daring, you can opt for a separately purchased battery pack with four AAA batteries. This means you can tug the necktie around with you to hot places—like a library, a university classroom or even a Star Trek convention.

It’s currently available to only the Japanese, but it’s slated for an American release through JapanTrends sometime in the near future. The expected cost? About $75.

Thank You Thanko for making the lives of the Office characters (especially Jim and Pam) easier!

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V Saxena
I hail from Raleigh, North Carolina. I was raised in America and intend to bring up my children as proud Americans because I am defined by neither my past nor the color of my skin, but rather by the path I choose to take in life. It is this option to be who and what I want that has me so enamored with my Mother country: the United States of America. For more information, please visit
1 Comment
  • I want to stamp out the misuse of the word “walla” in place of the correct word, “voilà.” A walla is the sound effect used in crowd scenes in radio, television, and film. Voilà (or in low-bit ASCII, voila) is an interjection to be used to imply success or satisfaction, as in, “voilà, you’re cool, though technically you’re anything but cool!”

    Otherwise a great article, and I want one, although after I bought the speaker shirt from Big Bang Theory, my wife is monitoring all geek purchases quite carefully.

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