Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Coolest Designer Gadgets” that we’ve come across in recent time — for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?
10. Giovannoni Timesphere
At $150, the Giovannoni Timesphere is a nifty alarm clock that is capable of projecting the time onto any surface via a wireless orb.
While sitting on the base, the wireless orb is charged through induction and once it is completely charged feel free to place it wherever. The orb will project the time onto a wall or surface and easily be lost when kicked or played with by a cat.
9. BenQ Wall Scanner
BenQ has unveiled a new type of scanner which can be hung on a wall (2cm – 9cm wide) via a hook to scan large posters or other images — horizontally/vertically depending on their thickness.
The front cover can be replaced by a mirror for cosmetic “touchups” at the office or by a whiteboard for use as a notepad.
Want a new way to carry your iPod Shuffle? Check out the iShirt, it’s equipped with a magnetic clamp system to ensure your iPod Shuffle stays firmly attached even during vigorous activity.
People who use pacemakers should never wear this shirt
7. Sony Ericsson Black Diamond
Designed by Jaren Goh, the Black Diamond handset is encased in a layer of polycarbonate and illuminated by OLED technology to create a “borderless screen” effect. It features a 4.0-megapixel camera and a host of other multimedia applications. No word yet on availability.[Source]
6. Seiko Bluetooth Watch
This Seiko watch not only tells time, it notifies you when a call or text message is received – on your phone – via Bluetooth. It also displays the battery level and network signal strength.
SII (Seiko Instruments) in Japan has done a prototype of their bluetooth watch for mobile phone users. The bluetooth watch can connect to mobile phone and display important information on the watch
5. Transparent Toaster
This innovative “Transparent Toaster” concept uses special heating glass to warm a single slice of bread. It looks cool, but unfortunately, the glass doesn’t reach a high enough temperature — at this time — to actually toast the bread. [Source]
4. SoundArt Canvas Speakers
If you want to combine art and technology into one device, SoundArt has the answer in its stylish canvas speakers. Featuring one or two canvas speakers, a subwoofer, and your choice of canvas print. One potential drawback, it costs $3700.
…just hang on your wall, plug in your music source and enjoy the space around you. From music to movies the audio options are endless. Almost any audio source can be played through it – your Hi-Fi, iPod, DVD, CD or use the output on your AV system.
3. iPod Nano Tunebuckle
Apple’s iPod Nano is so small that it easily fits into a special compartment found on the Tunebuckle. This buckle will protect your Nano from scratches and has an opening for your headphones. It’s made from “high grade metals and leather” and comes in white or black colors. [Source]
2. The Mini Desk
Made by MiniStatements, the “Mini Desk” looks good enough to drive. The entire desk is constructed from what looks like a real Mini with its top chopped off, interior gutted, and left door panel removed. Style doesn’t come cheap, it retails at a whopping $4,400.[Source]
1. Pong Clock
Here’s how it works: the score shown on the left and right sides correspond to the time of day — a continuous random game of Pong is played by the clock every 24 hours. [Source]
Honorable Mention – The BlackBook
Another Jaren Goh creation, the BlackBook slightly resembles the Toshiba Quosimo-line of notebooks and features a sleek design.
The indented tiled keypad flows seamlessly into the main body while a TFT screen on the topside replaces a physical logo and allows for graphic customization. The omnipresent gloss factor and chrome-clad edges are impossible to go unnoticed.
Honorable Mention – Herman Miller LED Leaf Light
Liven up your workspace with Herman Miller’s LED Leaf Light, which combines a metallic crane body with an energy-saving LED. Simple yet very stylish.
Got a fancy designer desk but only have a crappy Ikea lamp to go on top? Grab this Herman Miller LED Leaf-Light and decorate your office in style