Our editors have compiled a list of the strangest (or coolest) gadgets for the office — including USB Air Darts, the bacteria-killing LCD monitor, and more. Which ones are your favorites?
10. USB Aroma Therapy
Aroma therapy is one of the latest fads which makes this USB air freshner a must have. This gadget plugs right into your PC’s USB port and can generate three different aromas. Now here’s the cool part, you actually get to choose what scent you want using your computer. [Source]
9. USB Air Darts
You’ll have “hours of fun” annoying the person next to you with these USB air darts. It’s powered through any USB port and compatible with PC/Mac systems. You control the aim and firing mechanisms using your mouse. Available now from MarkandSpencer for $33.80.
8. Programmable Soda Cans
Now you don’t have to waste your change at the vending machines. Take a soda bottle, add customizable flavor buttons, and what do you get? Ipfini’s “Programmable Liquid Container”. Each bottle is filled with carbonated sugar water and feature additive buttons on its side (aroma, flavor, color), which allow for up to 32 combinations of soda on the fly.
“Providing choice at the point of consumption creates tremendous advantages for the consumers as well as the manufacturer,” noted co-inventor Glenn Wachler.
7. Bacteria Killing LCD Monitor
PC Bank Korea introduces the PBM-978PS “Negative Ionization” LCD Monitor. It features a 5ms response time, 1200:1 contrast ratio, and a wide-viewing angle.
The well-being aspect of the monitor supplies the environment you are in with negative ions, killing bacteria and protecting your eyes from the monitor.
6. iPod Nano Tie
Here’s something for a boring day at the office: a tie with an integrated pocket for your iPod Nano. Pink’s Commuter Tie is made from 100% silk and features an extra fabric loop to hide those unsightly wires. It’s available in navy/red/pink colors and priced at $85.
It’s the latest solution for today’s busy man who needs to carry more than one gadget at any one time
5. Wearable Sleeping Bag
Camping out at the office? Then check out the Selk’Bag by Musuchouse — can be used anywhere – at home, at work, during class, and just about everywhere in between. [Source]
4. DIY AOL Disc Thrower
Make good use of those AOL discs laying around on your desk by building a high-speed LEGO disc thrower. It consists of “two main parts, the head that throws discs, and the tail which feeds the head with compact discs.” [Source ]
3. Head Spa Massager
Whip out the “Head Spa Massager” and feel the stress of getting laid off melt away. This device combines Japanese engineering with Italian design. It uses acupressure technology to stimulate blood circulation for a truly zen-like experience on the go. Powered by rechargeable battery, it can be used just about anywhere. Available now for $49.95 from GadgetUniverse.
“Alleviate stress, tension and help soothe that migraine with our Brain Spa Head Massager. It’s like having your very own Masseuse.”
2. Blowfly Alarm Clock
Have trouble staying awake at work? When the alarm goes off, the little “bowfly” takes off from its launch pad and starts flying around making noises until you catch it. I’ll take two please…[YankoDesign]
1. The Mental Typewriter
This brain-to-computer device converts your thoughts into cursor movements on screen. 128 electrodes are placed on your scalp and software than decodes EEG-like signals into usable information. Since this technology is still in its early stages, it takes 5 – 10 minutes to type out a simple sentence, with electrodes taking about an hour to apply. [Source]
Honorable Mention – Desktop Bag
Ideal for easy transportation to and from the office. The “Desktop Bag” has a maximum carrying capacity of 77 lb., padded nylon shoulder belt, snap attachment system, and fits most mid/large desktop towers. [Source]