While we consider many of our gadgets to be "virtual friends
," the good folks at Brando have now taken the notion one step further, offering so-called USB Virtual Friends for those whose desks are a little lonely. Available in "Virtual Girlfriend" or "Virtual Boyfriend" varieties, the plasticized buddies each pack infrared motion sensors, and come equipped with 100 preprogrammed sayings, along with a "personality editor" to ensure the two of you get along. For that added touch of realism, you can also slide a picture of your choice into the frame in the USB friends' head. If that's the companionship you've been looking for, you can snag either friend now for $17, or get the pair for $30.