If you have a desk job you know how hard it is to squeeze exercise into your working day. So, if you're a telecommuter and work from home (or work in a very relaxed office) then you might want to try the Elliptical Machine Office Desk from Hammacher Schlemmer.
It's a desk specially designed to be used in conjunction with a standard elliptical machine and according to the website, lets you burn around 4,000 calories per working week. It's a great idea and would certainly get people moving, but would you really be able to concentrate on your actual work as you're also trying to focus on a rather sweaty work-out? The desk retails at $8,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer so although it may be an interesting concept, squeezing in a jog during your lunch break would probably make much more financial sense.
Most iPad owners seem to happily use their fingers to operate the device's touchscreen, but for playing games, jotting down ideas or brainstorming having a stylus around would be pretty handy.
The Scribbly is a new stylus which looks like a chunky marker pen, a fun addition to note taking which is set to be launched soon for only £10 (around $16) from the Scribbly website.
This kitchen appliance concept from designer Kim Joonmin is both a compact dishwasher and a dining table light rolled into one.
As the Yanko Design team point out, it'd be awkward if the appliance suddenly developed a leak?! But assuming it runs smoothly, it's an interesting and functional idea for a 2-in-1 design and it's also super sleek, so wouldn't look too out of place hanging over a dining table.
Via Yanko Design.
We love this keyless lifebook concept from Laura Lahti, which was shortlisted for a 'FUJITSU design: life with future computing' award, set up by both Design Boom and FUJITSU.
It allows users to customize their keyboards in anyway they please, so they can write in different languages, change certain functionality to suit their specific needs, draw with their fingers and much more.
Via Design Boom.
If you have long hair and often wash it in your bathroom sink because it's more convenient than getting a shower, then you'll be used to having a fairly clogged up plug hole afterwards.
In order to combat this problem without having to sacrifice your squeaky clean locks, try the Crown Pop-Up Sink Stopper designed by Ryan Jongwoo Choi. Specially designed to catch hairs, this spiky little appliance traps them so they can easily be removed afterwards.
Via Yanko Design.
If you're making or drinking your morning coffee in a hurry you'll find that it's often too hot when you first try to sip it. Ignore it for a few minutes and unfortunately it'll then be lukewarm and disappointing. There rarely seems to be a happy medium!
Well, the cute little Joulies, dreamt up by Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson, were designed to stop this regular occurance from ever happening again.
Microsoft researchers are currently working on a way to make the walls and surfaces in our homes into giant control panels in order to control electrical appliances or even computer games.
Known around the globe for their style-driven and technologically innovative line of JAWBONE Bluetooth headsets, Aliph has used their expertise in both areas to once again solidify them as an industry innovator - this time with the creation of the 21st century boom box, the JAMBOX.
Plain and simple, the JAMBOX totally kicks it! This little box packs plenty of boom - and all without wires. Stream music via Bluetooth connection from your iDevice, computer, or other source and get down! The JAMBOX pumps out hours of clean, rich sound that belies its small size.
Its wireless Bluetooth connection, deceptively demure size, and rechargeable battery make it perfect for anywhere: office, beach, backyard, beach, party, or beach. Did I mention the beach?
Sturdy construction and quality materials keep the unit tight (no rattling of the speaker grilles, etc.) and well-protected from a accidental fall or two. The JAMBOX also works with your mobile phone to provide a high-quality speakerphone. Perfect for on-the-run conference calls or carrying on a casual conversation while working around the house.
JAMBOX also works with Aliph’s My Talk website that allows you to personalize your unit by adding apps, changing settings, and keeping up on software updates.
Available in black, blue, grey, and red, each with a unique grille design. Grab a JAMBOX today, throw it in your bag and be ready to jam anywhere you go.
If you just can't help being late, then this wall clock from Italian clock maker Diamantini & Domeniconi may just be for you, as it grants you an extra three minutes every day. Well, kind of.
The OnTime Wall Clock is specially designed so that the end of the hand points to three minutes in the future. However, we can't help but think that you could just set your normal clock to three minutes in advance instead? Still, it's a clean, simplistic design and gets points for being very quirky. It'd also make a perfect novelty present for friends that always show up a little too late.
Available from Rakuten for $100.
Via Like Cool.
The site itself looks like a boring grid of colors until you hover over them and realise that each square is an exact match of the sky according to the photograph hiding underneath! The other brilliant and rather geeky thing about the site is that each color has been labelled according to its hex color code.
Via @praddles on Twitter.
Consistent with V-MODA's history of producing quality headphones, the True Blood collection promises to continue their history of excellence so all the bloodcurdling screams of your victims... I mean favorite bands sound magnificent.
The True Blood collection will offer six models ranging from over-the-ear headphones to in-ear buds and will debut on June 26th in concert with the premiere of True Blood's fourth season. Each model will feature V-MODA's signature quality materials including Kevlar-reinforced cables and luxury fabric cord coverings.
So if you are in the market for new headgear that you can... ummm... sink your teeth into, the True Blood collection may be just for you. Garlic not included.
Do you ever get the feeling that, like in the movie iRobot, our gadgets are increasingly taking over the roles human beings play in our day to day activities? We felt this strongly today when we read about the AMMI (Automated Mobile Marketing Intelligence) system which basically does your grocery shopping for you.
We're not sure what to think of the iMeshi iPhone cases from Japanese accessory manufacturers Strapya. Sure they're unique, bright and depict some great dishes, but do you really want your iPhone case to look like food?
We applaud the designers for originality but think the cases will be more popular as fun, novelty gifts rather than practical accessories that will last.
Via Design Boom.
We're big fans of Case-mate products, but we were shocked to hear that the brand's latest offering for the iPhone 4 is priced at a rather steep $300! So we decided to find out just what makes it so special...
Most important documents can be viewed and edited on a computer, which makes general administrative tasks much easier. But, there are always some things that you also need to print out and keep as a hard copy - after all, what if your computer broke or your server crashed?
If you're used to an Excel sheet doing everything for you, then the thought of sorting endless amounts of actual paper can be pretty daunting. This is where the Date Stapler from designer Gonglue Jiang comes in handy, as it's a clever way of organizing, grouping and dating your important documents all at the same time.
Via Yanko Design.
This sleek watch from Jacob Rynkiewicz has been specially designed for the visually impaired, as you can tell the time just by touching it.
The tactile watch, which has a flexible rubber strap without a clasp making it very easy to take on and off, has a series of raised bumps around the edge of the face which indicate hours. So, in order to tell the time the wearer would just have to feel the raised circles in the middle, one which represents hours and another which represents minutes, to see whereabouts on the outer circumference they are.
This is a great idea for people who are visually impaired and although only a concept, it seems to work because it has both simplicity and functionality at the core of its design.
There are so many apps available in the Apple store that most of the time you just end up downloading one that's been recommended, instead of looking for the one you really need.
A new application called Discovr aims to help you find the perfect apps by showing you which are similar through the use of clever "app family trees".
The app is a very clever way of visualizing which apps are similar to one another and it's much more user friendly than browsing a text heavy list. Hopefully it'll allow other lesser known apps to be uncovered too, which will be much more beneficial to users and developers alike.
Withings has created a blood pressure monitor which hooks up to your iPhone device, allowing you to keep track of your statistics as well as pairing them up with information about your weight and general health.
Although a little pricey at $129, the monitor is a good way of getting people to take more responsibility for their health. The results could well be a scary wake up call for those living unhealthy lifestyles, or just a way of generally healthy people keeping a closer eye on their bodies.
I'm such a light sleeper, a dripping tap downstairs will somehow manage to wake me up and stop me getting a good night's rest until the morning. However, there are plenty of people who are the opposite and have problems because even their alarm clocks don't manage to wake them up, or they do and they have a habit of just hitting snooze and nodding off again.
A new concept alarm clock called the Cicadidae aims to help heavy sleepers wake up, no matter how dead to the world they may be.
The Piolo stand for the iPhone 4 is extremely small, useful and cute, enabling you to ensure your phone is upright and secure when you're working or watching videos.
The Magic Glove from designer Christian Sallustro is a device that you can strap to your arm that allows you to brush and vacuum your home at the same time. Not only will it hopefully save time, but it'd be great for people who find it hard to manipulate a big and clumsy vacuum. We also love the fact it comes in a range of bright colors, so it won't look too ugly or out of place in the corner of a room.
Via Yanko Design.
This storage unit consisting of small silicon cubes is called the SAI and was designed by Jiyoung Seo. Apparently Sai means 'between' in Korean, which is a great way of describing the unit as it allows the owner to use the space 'between' the blocks in anyway they please, although it looks particularly useful for books and notes. According to Yanko Design, to add a quirky twist the cubes also each have different 'tactile sensations' and some even light up.
The SAI is really functional and I love that you can customise the design and layout of the blocks to mix it up in anyway you like. But, I can't help but think it looks too much like a huge version of the once popular kid's game Lights Out!
Via Yanko Design.
There are plenty of iPad stands on the market for keeping your device upright in your home, but what about when you're on the move? Well, The Stance iPad 2 stand from Quirky.com has been designed to keep your iPad in a secure, handy position when you're in the car, at the gym or anywhere else with a cup holder!
Quirky promises the stand can fit perfectly into any cup holder, making it ideal for iPad viewing on the go, whether you're checking directions, catching up on emails or watching a film.
Well it'll certainly make the gym more bearable, but obviously we wouldn't advise you to have this in your car while you're driving as it could be insanely distracting! Instead swivel it round to the passenger seat or if you really really need to look for directions then stop first.
Quirky and innovative Japanese watch specialist TokyoFlash has come up with a new concept for a clever little wrist watch that tells you just how drunk you are.
The LCD watch acts as your own personal breathalyzer, simply breathe into the port at the side and it'll show you what your blood alcohol level is.
HelloFax is a simple website which lets you do a range of things you'd usually have to depend on a fax machine and a printer to do, like (obviously) fax documents, fill out forms and sign contracts. We can imagine this will save a lot of time and make everyday admin tasks much more bearable.
We're not sure whether this retro wooden iPad stand is quirky and fun or a little cheesy and tacky? Either way we love the fact it's been crafted from natural materials and it's handmade to your specific requirements!
Check out the Miterbox Etsy store for details.
There have been many rumours circulating around the major tech blogs and websites today about the possibility that the social networking giant Facebook could be planning to branch out into the photo-sharing app arena.
The initial rumour was reported on Tech Crunch earlier today and has been causing a huge stir online ever since.
According to experts, the lunar eclipse that will occur later today will be the first total eclipse of moon in 2011 and possibly the longest in well over a decade.
Unfortunately for some, the entire eclipse will only be visible from east Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia, with some parts of Europe and south America seeing the latter stages.
So, if you're in North America, in order to see the whole thing you'll need to log onto Google's official YouTube channel where the amazing natural event will be streamed live along with a narration from some top astrologers.
Nothing beats staring up at the sky and seeing such a momentous event, but at least Google are on hand to show you just what you're missing out on!
We love the concept behind the iBamboo, a speaker for Apple devices that doesn't use any electricity. Instead, the foot long piece of bamboo reverberates noises out of the two different ends to amplify them, so it sounds like your phone is actually plugged into speakers.
Granted the sound quality isn't amazing, but it's an innovative idea and will definitely be a hit among those that prefer natural looking accessories to anything too modern. Unfortunately the iBamboo isn't available to purchase quite yet, but you can read more about it on Kickstarter.
There are plenty of apps available on the market that aim to connect users and enable them to share traffic and road updates, such as Waze. But a new app called Street Bump aims to track the conditions of roads automatically using a combination of advanced sensors, accelerometers and GPS tracking.
The app itself hasn't been launched yet as it's still being developed as a prototype, but it certainly opens up a lot of opportunities, particularly if the app collects data automatically and doesn't involve any participation from users. However, there will be plenty of people with privacy concerns, which is something the developers will need to address if it's to going to be popular and useful in the future.
Virtual fitting room fits.me aims to show online shoppers exactly how their clothing will look on a mannequin of the same dimensions. The system has been available to male shoppers for some time, but it's only recently been launched for women because according to the developers, the female form is more detailed.
These shiny, spiky little wireless mice from Aaron Ristau may look familiar because they're made from repurposed typewriter keys.
We can't decide whether the little creatures are cute or a bit too robotic, but we love that they've made use of old technology in an innovative way.
Poppin is a bright and quirky office supply brand which stands out from the rest because it lets you shop by color and wow are there a lot of colors! Instead of settling for boring black or grey for your staplers, pens and folders, Poppin products are all available in a rainbow of hues.
Via Design Work Life.
Second Nature is a concept that works with both a motion-based wrist band controller and an Android application, which helps users control a mobile device by just using movements.
The concept is set to launch with four different applications initially, including bicycle integration and training.
BeepEgg is essentially an egg timer, but it plays a little tune when it's placed in water to tell you just how hard boiled your eggs will be. It can also sit alongside all of your eggs inside your fridge because it's pretty much the exact same size as one!
The BeepEgg is a pretty novel way to monitor whether your eggs will be runny or hard, but will the tunes be distinct enough for anyone to tell, or will the funny tune be reason enough to make it a kitchen staple?
Via Kitchen Contraptions.
Have you ever been in a 3D movie and taken your glasses off, looked behind you into the rest of the audience and thought, 'wow everyone looks ridiculous'? Well, you're not alone. As great as the 3D technology may be in our movie theaters, it does make us all look a bit silly in the process.
But, there really isn't any reason why 3D glasses have to look so big and hideous as Norwegian twins Kine and Einy Paulsen discovered when they created some alternative frames.
Last weekend I was invited to an all day blogger competition on behalf of the popular Microsoft search engine, Bing.
As photography plays such a central role on the Bing home page, the team at Bing decided it'd be a good idea to send everyone off on a crazy, all day photography competition!
We love theses unique household lights designed by Zhao Liping that look like they're floating!
For now they're just concepts and Zhao is toying with which material would be best to make them from, we suggest some kind of paper or cloth to mirror the light and airy nature of the design.
Via Swiss Miss.
Much like a magic 8 ball, The Genie has a special 'magic genie' feature which users can turn on in order to receive an answer to their questions. It also has everything else you'd expect from a modern watch including of course the time, date, a stopwatch and LCD display.
It's a cool feature to integrate into a watch, but we'd recommend that you don't depend on it too much to make important decisions for you!
The Genie comes in a range of colors, which we assume makes it acceptable for both men and women, including, purple, black and bright blue and is available for $120 from the Nixon website.
Last week I was invited to a blogger event held in central London by Case-mate, a brand which makes all kinds of cases and accessories for your gadgets. It was a great chance to hear about upcoming products and chat to the team about current market trends, as well as plans for the future.
I also got to take a little friend away with me. Now Case-mate's Monsta cases are a little louder and brighter than some of the more classy, sensible options. But hey, it's summer soon and we all like a bit of color and craziness as the weather gets warmer!
Sony's latest addition to the VAIO L all-in-one line does pretty everything you could ever ask from any kind of screen, it plays regular TV, features a 3D multitouch display, a blu-ray player, 1080p HD playback, USB 3.0, HDMI port, oh and it comes with a wireless keyboard, mouse and 3D glasses.
We like our gadgets to be multifunctional and imagine this would be ideal for those who love simplicity or only have limited space, but does Sony's latest offering seem a little too good to be true?
At Nintendo's E3 press conference earlier today, the team revealed the Wii U, a brand new console designed to appeal to all kinds of gamers.
According to Mashable, the console will feature a touchscreen and augmented reality functionality. The screen will be 6.2 inches with controllers, a front facing camera and a gyroscope.
The console will be available some time during 2012 and already everyone from casual tech enthusiasts to dedicated gamers are excited about the new addition to the Nintendo range.
A billboard in Sweden has taken advertising to a whole new, high tech level by allowing nearby iPhone users to interact directly with the board using their phones.
McDonalds has set up the giant billboard so that people with an iPhone can play a form of pong on the big screen. Whoever 'wins' in a game against the billboard then receives a coupon to get a free McDonalds meal.
So many different sites and apps are offering coupons at the moment, so it's nice to see a brand making people work for it a little and offering customers something a little different. At the same time the barrier to entry isn't too high (assuming you have an iPhone that is) and I can imagine a lot of people jumping on board just for the novelty at first!
When I was younger my friends and I all used to be obsessed with 'mood rings', that changed color when you warmed them up, but obviously we were convinced this meant we were in fact 'happy', 'curious' or feeling 'adventurous' according to the little swatch card they came with.
This table from designer Simone Savini is a similar concept. The 'Touch' table is covered in a heat sensitive coating which gradually fades away from black to white leaving a trace of the last person who touched it. However, the marks are obviously only temporary, leaving behind a clean, white table afterwards. It's certainly a talking piece during your next dinner party!
Via Yanko Design.
Unfortunately, far too many people get back from a weekend away or a vacation to find that they've had many of their favourite and most expensive possessions stolen.
Now a 13 year old boy has decided to come up with a solution to this nasty problem. Laurence Rook has designed a doorbell which tricks burglars into thinking home owners are in when actually they can be anywhere in the world as long as they have a cell phone at hand.
Laurence's design, the Smart Bell, calls your cell phone when your doorbell is rung so you can talk to the people who are outside your door, whether they're selling cookies or looking for the best way in. Although I don't think it would put an end to these kinds of burglaries, it's a good solution. However, I presume you'd have to be armed with a good excuse as to why you're stood next to the door inside the house yet not answering it to whoever's on the other side...
When you're trying to watch a movie in front of your TV screen most of the time there'll be at least two bright, annoying little LEDs staring back at you. You can try to position something in front of them, but usually that's a little too distracting.
So, this is why we love LightDims, essentially just a set of stickers designed to be placed over LEDs. There are different versions with varying opacity, original strength blocks out about 50% of the light and the full strength gets rid of everything.
One of the main selling points of Apple's iPad is that it's a tablet, it can be carried easily and the touchscreen keyboard means you don't need to have extra accessories with you to be able to carry out everyday tasks, like sending emails and updating social networks.
Mitsubishi has revealed a six foot OLED globe in Tokyo's science museum earlier this week, which produes real images of the world taken from meteorological cameras.
The globe is made up of more than 10,000 OLED screens and now hangs above the museum floor showing a highly detailed and accurate view of the world at ten million million pixels!
Via Tech Radar.
Popgadget is giving away a $100 Gift Card from American Express, and all you have to do is take a look at the Membership Rewards catalog and share what you would do with your points to be entered to win. I have to say, since I've had a baby, shopping has gotten harder, because within the same budget, you could say I'm shopping for two. I'm not as quick to buy frivolous things for myself, which is definitely not how I used to be. I definitely am thinking more about how anything I buy can benefit the whole family. So let's see how I do with with the 75,000 points (and under) category.
I have been a PC gamer for years and years, but somehow I've never owned a gaming console. I think I felt some guilt about it, because a console is dedicated to gaming, not done in guilty breaks between spreadsheets. No more of that, I need the stress relief and I'm all for my son growing up to love games, electronic and otherwise. This Xbox 360 Kinect includes the console, the Kinect body controller, and the Kinect Sports game. You can work up a genuine sweat boxing and running.
The kitchen is a room that can quickly get very cluttered, what with food, recipe books and all of the various different kinds of utensils and appliances that we like to keep at hand.
This is why we love the Roll & Mix, which merges three of our favourite kitchen must-haves into one, a rolling pin, mortar and pestle and oil bottle.
Usually multi-functional gadgets can look a bit, well, ugly, but the Roll & Mix is not only functional, but it's super sleek and well-designed at the same time.
Via Yanko Design.
Popular micro-blogging platform Twitter will soon allow users to upload a photo and attach it to a tweet straight from within the twitter.com web interface as well as through Twitter's mobile applications.
Although services like Twitpic already allow users to post photos to Twitter, this will be a big step for the social network and has already been seen as an attempt to undermine the competition from various other third party services and applications.
However, it will make using the web-based service much easier and brings the Twitter experience altogether in one place, eradicating the need for users to check elsewhere for different kinds of content.
A scanner is being used in UK stores which quickly and efficiently creates a 3D image of a shopper's body.
The scanner uses up to 16 cameras to take around 29 different measurements, which are then used to pick out the elusive "perfect pair" of jeans.
The machine itself would obviously have to be pretty big to accommodate a person, but at 3 metres by 1.5 metres I can imagine it takes up a lot of the store! However, it's a very good idea and could certainly work to minimise the amount of time it takes to shop, as well as the stress of not finding anything to fit quite right.
If your computer or laptop only has one USB port but you need a fair few more, then the answer is usually a standard, boring USB hub that might be a little shiny if you're lucky.
However, now you can ditch the boring alternatives and get yourself a cute little pet-themed alternative.