Smartwatches have been around for almost two years I believe and despite all the efforts I feel that they haven't really taken off. I believe the main reason is that wristwatches are more than a gadget, they are an aesthetic piece that represents you and your style. We can see the huge amount of styles you can find, digital, analog, big, small, metal, plastic you name it and we are not even talking about colors.
The Perfect Office - Christmas 2012 Special
We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have?
Today is our Christmas 2012 special post! Today it's all about all kinds of gift suggestions... for you to give something special to everyone: from your dog to your little brother. There's plenty awesome stuff for you to check today. Don't forget that you may suggest via twitter: @paulogabriel - I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
Wanmokku is a minimal design created by Japan-based Torafu Architects. The initial inspiration for the design came from an informal encounter with a Jack Russell Terrier. Through careful observation, the designers noticed that the dog would always come into close proximity to the clothes of the owner – most likely due to the reassuring scent and pleasant touch of the fabric.
Torafu decided to take this interesting observation a step further by creating a furniture piece which would use the owner’s old clothes as a foundation for where a dog could play and rest. The elastic nature of the clothes forms a hammock like surface when attached to the frame. Depending on the season, the user can also adjust the material of the clothing according to the temperature.
The construction of this design is incredibly simple as well; the assembly involves attaching two pieces of plywood frame and a wooden deck. The hinge at the front of the design is necessary for the stability of the frame as well as acting as a tiny stair for the dog to step on. (at Design Milk)
Tiny Tim Book Light
5.1 inches tall with an LED bulb and on/off switch. Clips to books/e-readers or freestanding. (at Like Cool)
You won't be using it to train for the World's Strongest Man competition, but if all you're looking for is enough weight to keep tone while you're sitting at your desk, the Alias Barbell is all you need. Available in 1kg (2.2lbs) or 2kg (4.4lbs) varieties, these sleek fitness implements are made from chromed casting brass, and feature thermoplastic rubber on the ends to keep your desk — and the weight — from getting scratched up. Designed by the one and only Philippe Starck. (at Uncrate)
Custom Movie Action Figures
Ever wish you could have an action figure for your favorite movie characters that fall outside the realm of kid-friendly films? Like, for instance, Travis Bickle, Michael Myers, or Mad Max? Now you can. These Custom Movie Action Figures are mostly custom-made and come in custom packaging that looks like something you'd buy in a store. In addition, some of your favorites that actually do have figures — like Indy and Darth Vader — get new packaging that makes it appear as if they'd been culled from the ranks of GI Joe. Perfect for decorating the ol' home theater entrance. (at Uncrate)
Bang! There goes the rain. We’d be surprised if it messed with you again, but if it does just pull the trigger and the canopy shoots out and into action. Perfect for the gun lover, NRA member, hunter and military collector in your life. The end even has a site on it! Metal shaft, simulated wood grip. The stock has been scaled down slightly to make this incredible umbrella more comfortable to hold. (at The Gadget Flow)
Thermal Double Walled Glass with Stainless Steel Tea Filter
The Libre Large double-walled 14 oz glass and poly bottle is perfect for enjoying high-quality, organic loose leaf tea on-the-go. Ideal for hot and cold drinks, the wide mouth accommodates ice cubes and makes clean-up easy. The durable polycarbonate exterior with glass interior withstands daily use and provides fresh-tasting water and tea. (at 7 Gadgets)
Qlocktwo brings the ingenious concept of telling the time with words to your wrist. At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a matrix of seemingly randomly arranged letters. Only the gentle touch of a button reveals it is half past eight. Words are displayed at five-minute intervals, while four small dots give the precise time in minutes: just like its award-winning predecessors, the legendary qlocktwo and qlocktwo touch. (at The Gadget Flow)
Phineas and Ferb iPod Boombox
Rock out to your favorite tunes with this EKids Perry-diculous iPod Boombox! You can play and charge your iPod at the same time with the 30-pin connector. Controls include power, play/pause and volume controls. This cool perry design has a tail that flips up to reveal the iPod docking station. You will love the high quality stereo sound! Plus it includes a line-input so you can enjoy your music with any audio player. (at 7 Gadgets)
Jabra Solemate Speaker
No, it's not a speaker for your shoes. Instead, the Jabra Solemate Speaker gets its name from its sneaker-like rugged bottom tread. Powered by a rechargeable battery good for 8 hours of continuous play, the Solemate pairs with your devices via Bluetooth 3.0, and features built-in DSP for optimal sound, three front-facing speakers, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless (dumb) devices, and an included sound bag for added protection when jamming outdoors. (at Uncrate)
16gb Minecraft Creeper Flash Drive
SSSHhhhhhhhhh!!! WATCH OUT!! (at 7 Gadgets)
Sometimes a living space just isn’t big enough to fit a desk in it but, boy, it sure is handy to have a workstation sometimes. The Flatmate aims to give you just such a spot without taking up the valuable floor space that most desks do. Designed by Michael Hilgers for Müller Möbelwerkstätten, the slim design barely sticks out from its spot against the wall but gives you plenty of room to attend to all of your desk duties when opened up. (at Design Milk)
4TB Mac External HD USB 3.0
My Book Studio desktop hard drive features blazing fast USB 3.0 performance, massive capacity, compatibility with Apple Time Machine and password protection, all in a premium aluminum enclosure that complements your Mac. (at 7 Gadgets)
Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits
Whether you're just getting interested in electronics or want to pass on your knowledge to others, these Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits are a great place to start. Each kit comes complete with everything — or at least nearly everything — you need to build a simple electronics project, from a sensor that tells you when your plant needs water to a basic synthesizer. If you're looking to dive in head first, though, you might want to start with the soldering and Arduino kits, which will give you a solid base to build on. (at Uncrate)