Dec 31, 2012
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 there's the Key to Erebor, Middle Earth's lonely mountain. There's the Phorce, a super useful bag that will charge all your gadgets on the run. For your music needs you may get the Vers 1Q: Wood Cube Portable Bluetooth Sound System, a nice looking little set of speakers. Don't forget that you may suggest via twitter: @paulogabriel - I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
The Hobbit: Thorin's Key Necklace
Many of us were "latchkey kids" growing up, wearing our house key on a string around our neck so we wouldn't lose it on the playground. Then we'd have full run of the house for a couple hours before our parents got home. It was quite the responsibility, but not quite the weight of Thorin's Key!
Thorin's Key, passed down to him by his grandfather, opened the secret side door of Lonely Mountain. This replica of Thorin's Key is in necklace form and comes in a handsome gift box that you'd swear was stolen from a dragon's lair. Wear this key around your neck and you'll be the most respected of all the dwarves. (at Think Geek)
Fun and functional, this stack of colorful faux books function as a table clock. A perfect disguise on any bookshelf. Measures 8 x 7 x 8 inches. Requires 1 AA battery. (at The Gadget Flow)
Phorce: Gadget Charging Bag
The often-ignored computer bag finally gets an update in the form of Phorce, dubbed the world’s first smart bag. The bag not only converts from a messenger bag to a backpack to a briefcase, it can also charge your devices! Constructed of durable, water-resistant fabric with padding on the inside to protect your equipment, the bag houses a lightweight battery pack that can power your laptop for up to 7 extra hours. Not only will it power your laptop, it will charge your iPhone 5 battery 8x over, a Galaxy S3 approximately 6x, or an iPad Mini 2.5x. No more lugging around those clunky charging cords when you want to head out for the day. Crazy, right? (at Design Milk)
Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac announced
Logitech has a couple of goodies announced for Mac users, and one of them would be the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac, while the other is the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac, but we will look at the former in greater detail for now. The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac will boast of Logitech Easy-Switch technology that is not different from the extremely popular Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810, allowing you to switch from typing an e-mail on your Mac to taking down notes on your iPad, in addition to replying to a text on your iPhone, all through the simple press of a button. This sure as heck beats reconfiguring the different devices mentioned so that it will play nice with your Bluetooth enabled keyboard.
For instance, the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard can pair with up to three Apple devices simultaneously, and it will sport all of the familiar Mac layout features of the keys any Mac fanatic would expect, and they definitely include Command, Brightness and Mission Control. With a sleek aluminum design that matches the Apple style, it will not look out of place whether placed beside the Mac, iPad or iPhone. (at Coolest Gadgets)
Vers 1Q: Wood Cube Portable Bluetooth Sound System
Wrapped in a 3" hand-crafted wood cube, 1Q is a powerful little Bluetooth sound system that produces warm, surprisingly natural sound. Integrated Bluetooth v2.1 provides a simple wireless audio link to any smartphone, laptop or tablet device. It's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but can easily deliver enough sound to fill some pretty large spaces.
1Q brings the beauty, natural acoustic properties and inherent renewability of wood to wherever you and your mobile device wander: to the office, the backyard or simply from room to room. With its compact footprint, 30' range and estimated 10+ hours of battery life, 1Q is ready to play. You can even plug two 1Q's together for instant stereo sound. (at Think Geek)
Drobo 5D 5-bay Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB 3.0
Redesigned from the ground up to meet the data storage needs of today’s media creators and demanding professionals, Drobo 5D builds on the fully automated functionality of previous Drobos by adding blazing-fast performance. Drobo 5D is the highest-performing personal storage array on the planet. Fast, easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected – exactly what’s expected from a Drobo. Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5D protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures. Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that’s up to 5x faster than the previous-generation Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0. This latest generation of USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with any computer running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows. Data-Aware Tiering technology, is also available in this desktop Drobo. (at 7 Gadgets)