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The Perfect Office #48

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Also, tell us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Oblique Storage There aren’t many different types of furniture but normally square or round- shapes. To break this boring rule, Oblique Storage Design begins to start. Oblique Storage has an asymmetric rectangle form and it has been designed to be specific rather than other figures. It can be displayed either vertical or horizontal way according to the user’s mind. And also, A single hook Which is on the side and at the bottom, is able to be put some stuff like a hanger. (at Design Spotter) 120-Disc Acrylic Storage Box The innovative design of this media organizer holds a whopping 120 CDs or DVDs (without jewel cases) in a small amount of space. The stackable box features channels that suspend colorful hanging sleeves that protect discs from scratches. (at Holy Cool) USB Lineup A stark reminder of the Infinite USB Connector, the Tandem USB is different because of two reasons. One, it’s got a form that is more accommodating for the follow-up wire than Jiang’s version and two; it compares the lineup to male-female “coupling”! We get the naughty point, but in all honesty, going by the discussion in the earlier post, issues like unplugging a device in the middle of the ports and power current are still not resolved. However, bending wires over for a snug fit, is taken care of. (at Yanko Design) Apple Magic Trackpad For any of you out there who, like us, have sat down at a desktop Mac after using our MacBooks only to become irritated with the clumsiness of the desktop mouse, Apple has heard your cries. The Apple Magic Trackpad ($70) is a desktop-bound version of the Multi-Touch trackpads found on the company's MacBook Pro, but 80 percent larger, giving you even more room to pinch, rotate, and four-finger scroll your way to computing bliss. (at Uncrate) Apple Battery Charger "Apple tells us the charger has the lowest vampire power draw of any charger on the market -- the idea is for users to keep two batteries in each of their peripherals and two in the charger, so they can quickly swap out as the cells run out. Interestingly, the batteries are some of the only Apple products in recent memory that don't have an Apple logo on them -- they're just plain silver with "Rechargeable" printed on them. The charger itself has slightly nicer charging contacts than the usual spring-and-flap arrangement, and it features the same removable flippy-prong AC plug as Apple's laptop and iPad power adapters, so you can theoretically swap it for a longer power cord if you like." (at Engadget) Samsung BX2350 and BX2335 1080p monitors "We've always been fairly fond of Samsung's Touch of Color design scheme, so we're glad to see it's still firmly in place on the company's new "eco-friendly" LED displays. The outfit's debuting its 50 and 30 series panels today, with the BX2350 and BX2335 both offering a 2ms response time, 1080p resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and a rather unique new feature called Magic Return. Put simply, this allows users working with two monitors to have their desktop automatically moved to a powered-on screen if one screen happens to shut down" (at Engadget) HP crams Fermi-based Quadro 5000M GPU inside 17-inch EliteBook NVIDIA's new pro graphics solution for mobile creatives, the Quadro 5000M, was unsheathed only yesterday but HP appears to have been first in line to get some of that new 40nm goodness. Electronista reports that the world leader in PC shipments is readying a 5000M solution for its 8740w EliteBook, which will bring 320 CUDA cores and a jumbo 2GB of dedicated memory to the party. That comes replete with the latest DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 compatibility, naturally, as well as a bunch of pro-friendly computational enhancements. (at Engadget)

The Perfect Office #47

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Also, tell us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Hookmaker Creates storage for small things. Use it by the door for keys and change, or in the kitchen for hot-dish holders and spoons. (at Yanko Design) Re_Vinyl Wall Clocks Re_Vinyl is a collection of wall clocks made from laser cut vinyl records. When ordering you get to choose one of twenty designs available, as well as your choice of the clock's hand, either minimal or vintage. (at Holy Cool) USB Octopus If you've seen one hub, you've seen 'em all. Thus, we don't see the point of writing about USB hubs here. This one has 7 ports, so you can plug a lot of stuff into it. Got it? Got it. (at Think Geek) Zemno DeskBook Pro DeskTop Pro expands the functionality of your MacBook by offering 7 extra USB ports, 3 FireWire ports, ESATA data and connection ports, audio stereo input/out and a flash card reader. It also allows internal docking of hard drives, batteries and peripherals. Also works with iMac, Mini Mac and PC. (at Holy Cool) LaCie FireWire Speakers Beautiful and minimal design that match the look and feel of a Mac. Easily connects to your computer with its built-in FireWire cable, which provides digital audio as well as line power. (at Holy Cool) Griffin PowerMate Multimedia controller PowerMate is a USB volume knob that allows you to easily control the volume on your computer. It can also be used as a jog/shuttle wheel in video editing or a fast way to scroll through documents, web pages, spreadsheets or emails. (at Holy Cool) ASUS Bamboo U33 and U53 notebooks pack Core i5 and NVIDIA Optimus The 13.3-inch U33 and 15.6-inch U53 each get an Intel Core i5-430M processor paired with NVIDIA Optimus graphics, automatically switching between a GeForce 310M 1GB GPU and integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. Ports include a USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA, along with ethernet and audio in/out. There’s also a DVD burner and a 640GB hard-drive on the U53 or a 500GB hard-drive on the U33. Each gets 4GB of DDR3 memory together with a 2-megapixel webcam and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Battery life is up to 10hrs, though that’s assuming you make judicious use of the integrated graphics. Both Bamboo Series notebooks are available now, priced from £849 ($1,297) for the U33 and from £899 ($1,373) for the U53. (at Slash Gear)

The Perfect Office #46

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Also, tell us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Buro Buro, designed by Keith Tay, is a home office desk and storage solution project in collaboration with Habitat. It is currently on exhibit at New Designers in London. (at Design Milk) Block Night Light Block night light, obviously shaped like a toy brick, gives you warm light in three different levels of brightness to match your mood or need of light. It can also work as a desk object where you can keep pens or small items. (at Holy Cool) Obligatory Design Clock It's a clock that does not have any hour or minute hands. Instead the hour markings dynamically change to show the time. Even though it looks very different from any common clock, it uses exactly same mechanism as a normal clock. (at Moco Loco) Self-Charging Batteries Powered by Vibration Brother Industries has developed an AA battery sized generator powered by vibration, which can be used to charge another AA battery. Shaking your remote every once in a while could soon be all that's needed to keep it alive. (at Gizmodo) Sync and Charge Dock Stand for iPhone and iPod Sleek and stylish stand that provides upright resting place for iPod and iPhone while it syncs or charges; Supports your iPhone or iPod Touch in both portrait and landscape formats; convenient and elegant home base stand that will make syncing and charging easier than ever. (at 7Gadgets.com) Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 with 1080p Video Full HD 1080p video recording and smooth HD 720p video calling with Logitech Fluid CrystalTM Technology; 1-click video uploading to Facebook and YouTube; Fluid HD 720p video calling with Logitech More HD Technology; 5 MP HD sensor, precision Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus and intelligent auto light correction for crystal clear video and brilliant 10 MP photos; Dual built-in noise-cancelling mics let friends hear you in rich, clear HD-quality stereo; Works with Logitech VidTM HD, SkypeTM, Yahoo® Messenger, Microsoft LiveTM Messenger. (at 7Gadgets.com) 3D Battalion 101 W860CU-3D notebook iBUYPOWER has been busy launching lots of new computer systems over the last few months. This machine uses the Intel Core i5-520M mobile processor and has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray optical drive, NVIDIA GTX285M graphics, and a widescreen LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1366 x 768. The machine uses the NVIDIA 3D Vision active glasses. The notebook runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has a 320GB 5400 RPM HDD. (at Slash Gear) Lomography Spinner 360° The latest addition to Lomography's fleet of non-digital cameras, the Spinner 360° promises dizzying panoramas with the pull of a cord. Thanks to the unconventional (and often unpredictable) results produced by the camera's simple mechanics, anyone who can point-and-shoot—or in this case, point-and-pull—will have fun with it. I recently had the opportunity to try the camera out, and can attest to the joys of pulling, pointing, flipping, and adjusting the angle to create as many different nine-inch images as possible. (at Cool Hunting)

The Perfect Office #45

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Also, tell us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Modern Glass Doors These modern glass doors by Italian company OTC Doors will leave a lasting impression, whether you’re coming or going. This versatile contemporary glass door collection comes is a few different systems, including mounted to swingers and sliders. (at Trendir) Cupboard with sliding doors Ideal for the streamlined urban space with a modern flair, this contemporary cupboard offers fashion and function by way of its sleek sliding doors. The aluminum satin-finish sliding doors open to reveal matching aluminum shelves. (at Trendir) Matchstick Pencil "For those of us that don't "light up" over homework or bills, this unique matchstick pencil will make it a little more fun!" (at Holy Cool) 3 Little Birds Coat Hooks Simple and delightful hooks to brighten up any wall. (at Holy Cool) Waterproof Power Strip Wet Circuit's water resistant power strips boast its ability to withstand just such a defiant action -- occasional rain and snow, wet hands, temporary flooding, and accidental water spills (assuredly intentional, too) (at Engadget) Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 We never felt like the thing holding the IdeaCentre A300 back was its CPU, but that hasn't stopped Lenovo from tacking an extra 10 onto the product number and a modern Core i3-350M inside. The 2.26GHz chip is a dual-core mobile affair, built on Intel's famed 32nm process, and offers an integrated 45nm graphics processor just for kicks as well. (at Engadget)The Perfect Office #4

Geeky Product Design Inspiration

The majority of products and objects were designed to fulfil a necessity or simply because of its form, like decoration. There is also some in which besides of form and function there is the fun and humor. With that in mind I have selected products with creative and funny ideas inspired by the geeky culture. Below you can see a list of geeky products, I have choosen my favorites such as the Sudoku Toillet Paper, now which one do you like the most? Also do you have a suggestion or know any cool product that we could add to this list? Share with us with your comment then ;) Save Key Bank Layers Frame Shorty Cards Pencil Eraser Sudoku Toilet Paper 8-Bit Hanger Broken Link Necklace Punctirus Jewelry Mushroom Lamp Pac-Man Poufman Pac-Man Bottle Opener Pac-Man HotHead Potholder Lego Soccer Table Lego Snack & Stack Utensil Set Lego IPod Speaker Decorative Pillows Text Talk Vinyl Shower Curtain Periodic Table Shower Curtain Enter Key Doormat Rug There's No Place Icon Watch Pop Quiz Math Clock Chemical Salt And Pepper Shaker Space Invaders Salt And Pepper Shakers Rubik's Cube Salt & Pepper Mills Tetris chair Tetris Shelves Iceblox Ice Cube Puzzle - Tetris Pi Symbol Ice Cube Trays Victorinox Secure Pro USB drive SFolder Placemat My Document Cases Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella Lightsaber Chopsticks Yoda Plush Backpackhttp Star Wars Pancake Molds Cocktail Chemistry Set Book for iPad Notepod Writing App Pad App Magnets iTables iPanties - Slide to Unlock Wi-Fi Detector Shirt Like/Dislike Stamps

The Perfect Office #44

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) SelfShelf Floating Book Shelves Having a French book among your other books might impress some people. Having this book 'Ceci n'est pas un livre' (which translates into: 'This is not a book') is specially impressive, cause it's not really a book, it's actually a fake book that attaches securely to your wall and holds your real books, giving them an impressive floating effect. (at Holy Cool) Adhesive Metal Numbers DIY wall clock that allows you to create your own wall clock using adhesive metal numbers. (at Holy Cool) Land Carpet Made of 100% New Zealand Wool this Land Carpet by Florian Pucher looks like land as viewed from a plane window. (at Design Milk) Truncheon Lighting Truncheon is a series of lamps designed by Commonwealth (Zoe Coombes and David Boira) for MatterMade consisting of a suspended tube light, an articulated task lamp and a freestanding tube that rests against a wall. Avoiding unnecessary knobs or switches, the Truncheon adheres to its namesake, a simple compact stick form fashioned out of traditional materials and shaped by advanced digital technology. Resisting the demand to convert to compact fluorescent bulbs, the designers opted for energy-saving LED bulbs. (at Design Milk) Solar Mini Speaker Charger As long as the sun is out or there’s a bright light source, this mini speaker will continue to function. Better still, it saves whatever excess energy it can’t use into its built-in internal lithium ion battery. Still better is that you can power and charge your cellphone or other portable devices with this amazing solar mini speaker! (at 7Gadgets.com) Colormunki All-in-One spectrophotometer puts the world of spectral color at your fingertips – easily capture colors and calibrate all you monitors, printers and projectors. A white calibration tile is integrated, so there’s nothing to lose or match up to your device. Also includes a protective bag which doubles as an integrated monitor holder and it all fits in the palm of your hand. This truly is your do everything color solution! (at Colormunki) Beautiful Apple Decal This is truly lovely. (at The Next Web) Acer Aspire TimelineX The new Aspire TimelineX Series is available in four distinct notebook display sizes, including the 11.6-inch Aspire Timeline 1830T, 13.3-inch 3820T, 14-inch 4820T and the 15.6-inch 5820T. Housed in premium, black brushed aluminium, the TimelineX notebooks are sleek and portable at less than one-inch thin in lightweight form factors ranging from 3 to 5.5 pounds. Offering either Intel® Core™ i3 or Core™ i5 full-voltage processors and ample 3GB or 4GB of memory, the TimelineX Series is well-equipped to tackle multiple applications. Aspire TimelineX users can multitask vigorously, even with graphic-intensive applications, simultaneously exploring the Internet, listening to music and downloading videos – all on the go. The entire line of TimelineX notebooks comes with Windows® 7 Home Premium for maximum productivity. (at Gizmodo)

The Perfect Office #43

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Cassette Tape Doormat Cassette tape doormats, new from Meninos. (at Meninos) The Wrong Objects' Front and Back clock No longer do you have to be ashamed of your AA batteries, hiding them inside or behind your wall clock. Embrace their diminutive power and put them on show to the world. Spotted at the 2010 DMY International Design Festival in Berlin, The Wrong Objects' Front and Back clock isn't on sale yet—but if we hit them with a pro-AA batteries campaign they can't say no, surely. (at Gizmodo) Place for Trace 'Place for Trace' is a desk object that was designed specially for architects to hold a roll of tracing paper and up to 15 pens or pencils. But that doesn't mean it is for architects only. It's a great accessory for anyone's desk that can hold any items usually found scattered around a desk; keys, coins, pens.. etc. (at Holy Cool) The Nevis DSLR Camera Bag for Women Nevis is a handmade, full-grain leather DSLR camera bag made specially for women. The bag offers style and function at the same time, it can hold a camera, up to three lenses and a few personal items. (at Holy Cool) Qlocktwo Tired of the tyranny of time's dependable henchmen, numbers? Hang a Qlocktwo on your wall. This unique clock uses common phrases — like "it is a quarter past two" — to notify you of the time, with a lacquered wooden body supporting either a satin stainless steel or a polished synthetic glass front surface via eight magnets. LED lighting technology keeps things readable, and an ambient light sensor keeps the thing from giving your house a neon-lit bar room vibe — which is about the last thing a laptop-priced clock should do. (at Uncrate) Belkin's Conserve Valet Belkin's new Conserve Valet power station presents a simple, energy-efficient way to charge electronic devices. A single platform charges up to four mobile devices at once reducing energy consumption by 75% overall, and the station itself draws zero power when not in use. As an added measure, the Valet automatically shuts off once all devices have been charged, ensuring that no more energy than necessary is being consumed. Unlike some other charging stations the Belkin accommodates your existing USB cords, which get wrapped around the base for clutter-free storage. (at Cool Hunting) Razer Tron Mouse and Keyboard To celebrate the launch of the new Tron Legacy movie, Razer has launched a new Tron gaming mouse and keyboard, and the mouse features a 5600dpi 3.5g sensor, and the gaming keyboard features a range of programmable keys and macros, as well as a detachable keyboard. (at Geeky Gadgets) Gateway ID49 and ID59 pack Core i3/i5, optional NVIDIA Optimus Gateway has outed their latest notebook, the Gateway ID Series, packing Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics on select models. The Gateway ID49 has a 14-inch HD 1366 x 768 display while the Gateway ID59 has a 15.6-inch HD display; both get an aluminum alloy lid and an aqua-blue multitouch touchpad that resembles matte glass when not lit and then glows when touched. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and HDMI, and there’s up to 500GB of storage and up to 8GB of DDR4 memory. Meanwhile Gateway thrown an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU into select ID49 models, automatically switching between that and the regular Intel HD graphics. (at Slash Gear)

The Perfect Office #42

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Bidoun Sofa A set of sofas available in different colours. (at From Europe) The Infinity Cocktail Table The Infinity Cocktail Table uses mirrors and LED lights to create the illusion of an infinite hole going down your home's floor. This is amazing. (at Gizmodo) Jabba’s Palace Bookends Accurately reflected, and based on Jabba’s Palace. This heavy set of high quality poly-stone bookends depict Princess Leia Organa’s valiant attempt to save Han Solo, who hangs frozen in carbonite, in the corner alcove of Jabba’s trophy room. (at 7Gadgets.com) Insitu Wall Planters Living walls are becoming more and more prevalent recently, and various arrangements have been popping up lately on variations on the concept. Insitu wall planters achieve a living wall through a grid frame to attach pots too which can easily be added to any wall. Made from powder coated steel and finished in either black satin or white gloss enamel, Insitu’s planters are available in a range of five standard sizes. (at NOTCOT) ARQuette Lamp Beplushave has created a small companion to its ARQ lamp called the ARQuette. Created from wood and PVC piping, this table lamp is for those who think the ARQ lamp might be too heavy. (at Design Milk) Memento Mori Memento Mori is an electronic clock if the form of human skull. The clock is a red projection on the forehead bone. The time looks like integral part of the skull. This project is our reflection about passing of time and the shortness of human life. (at Design Spotter) IdeaPad Y560d The 15.6-inch IdeaPad Y560d poo poos NVIDIA's 3D Vision, and instead utilizes TriDef's 3D technology like Acer Aspire 5738DG. The solution, which combines a specially coated screen, software and special polarizing glasses, can convert 2D content to 3D content, but in our previous experience we've been less than impressed with the quality of the end result. And unlike Toshiba's Satellite A665, TriDef doesn't support 3D Blu-ray content. Yeah, so we're hesitant about all that three-dee stuff, but the rest of the machine looks mighty tempting. It'll be available with Intel Core i3 through Core i7 processors, an ATI Radeon HD5720 GPU, and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It will also apparently have Lenovo's RapidDrive technology as an option, which marries a regular hard drive with an SSD for faster boot times. Just don't put on those 3D specs yet, the Y560d won't be available until the end of the month and will start at $1,200. Check out some of the press shots below and if you're still digging for some details the full press release is after the break. (at Engadget)

Beautiful Lamps by Martinelli Luce

Lamps are a great piece of furniture and I really love them! I believe that by having a beautiful lamp in a room you can actually give it a unique look. From retro, modern or clean designs, there are tons of models for you to choose from to give your place an unique touch. Browsing around checking some lamps (yes, I like to do that), I found some beautifully designed ones from Martinelli Luce and decided to share them here with you. These are really beautiful pieces that for sure can give your place a nice touch! Check it out. Martinelli Luce represents more than fifty years of history devoted to manufacturing of lamps and of lighting systems. The lighting apparata by Martinelli Luce are characterized by an essential design as well as by a project novelty; these elements have been the basis of the corporate philosophy for three generations. Martinelli Luce was established in 1950 thanks to Elio Martinelli’s insight and will: he wanted to manufacture on his own the lighting apparata to be used in the commercial concerns he was responsible for the design of. The company was established in his father’s small shop and specialized in selling electrical materials for installers. Thanks to his spirit of initiative and of innovation, Elio Martinelli starts to create a wide production of lamps for interiors, with a greater and greater attention for their use at home. Elio Martinelli is inspired by nature and by geometry and creates functional lighting systems that are manufactured with materials used depending on their real characteristics. Elio Martinelli and his team created some really nice lamps and we will show here a brief selection of them, so remember to visit their site to check out the details from each one of the lamps you will see here and also to see their whole collection, it is definitely worth it. As for me, I'm in love with the serpente one and the coque one. :) 599 serpente - This lamp was drawn in 1965 by Elio Martinelly 633 ruspa by Gae Aulenti 633 ruspa by Gae Aulenti 793 mico by Elio Martinelli and Marc Sadler 793 mico by Elio Martinelli and Marc Sadler 2049 calimero by Marc Sadler 1285 marx by Richard Neutra 1285 marx by Richard Neutra 2044/55 glouglou by Emiliana Martinelli 2044/55 glouglou by Emiliana Martinelli 2011 nuvole vagabonde by Elio Martinelli 2011 nuvole vagabonde by Elio Martinelli 629 cobra - This lamp was drawn in 1968 by Elio Martinelly 629 cobra - This lamp was drawn in 1968 by Elio Martinelly 629 cobra - This lamp was drawn in 1968 by Elio Martinelly 620 pipistrello by Gae Aulenti 2035/M luna by Emiliana Martinelli 2035/M luna by Emiliana Martinelli 1249/3 le rondini by Elio Martinelli 1722 poliedro by Elio Martinelli 765 balance by Elio Martinelly and Emiliana Martinelli 686 coque by Elio Martinelly 686 coque by Elio Martinelly 807 elica by Brian Sironi 1221/V tube by Elio Martinelli

Useless Junk turned into Creative DIY Products

Yesterday I was browsing around when I bumped into this very nice article announcing the 2010 Inhabitat Spring Greening Contest Winners and decided to show you further details about it. The Spring Greening Design Competition challenged designers, artists and crafters to transform useless junk into beautiful DIY products, and the result is a list of very interesting and creative pieces. We will show here a list with some of the finalists and the winners of the competition. We really recommend you to visit the website to read more about each piece and its author (just click at the images and you will be redirected). I really like contests like this one... not only contests, but I really dig the idea of pushing people to use their talent and creativity to design creative things using old stuff and several other useless junk that we can easily find around us, in our house, our neighborhood, etc. This is not only a way of developing nice recycled products but is also a way to reinforce that 'yes we can' have nice stuff made of 'forgotten useless things'. So check out this list and start thinking about what you could do with some regular things that are seating around your place and go for it... use your creativity and Do It Yourself! ;) The Finalists POP Pendant Light Made From Recycled Aluminum Pulltabs Iluminata: Lamp Made Out of Yogurt Bottles Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks LOTO Recycled Plastic Bottle Chandeliers US Map Art Made From Cereal Boxes La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs Gorgeous Garments Upcycled from Magnetic Video Tape National Geographic Magazine Shelf Potus Pot Made From a Recycled Lightbulb Film Roll Lamp Cute Stool Made Out of Paper Rolls Dazzling Lamps Made Out of Soda Bottles Plastic Lamps made from Recycled Six-Pack Rings Stunning Chandelier Made Out of Hangers Cone Light Recycled from Used Traffic Cones ELASTICSHELF: A Shelving System Made Out of Used Bike Tires Snack-Serving Robot Made from Vintage Objects Spice Rack, Vase and Salt and Pepper Shakers Made Out of Light Bulbs! Paper Tube Light LAPICERO: Toilet Paper Roll Pencil Holder The Winners Soda Bottle Lamp by Sarah Turner Elasticshelf by SystemDesignStudio Film Roll Lamp by Nidhi Gupta Light Bulb Spice Rack by Annisa Fardan Nabila and Aulia Amanda Santoso Chop Flops by Joseph Palmer Pop Pendant Light by Mauricio Affonso Don't forget to visit Inhabitat's website for further details about each piece and its author.

The Perfect Office #41

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Esstetic Esstetic is a manufacturer and retailer of designer bean bags - chairs, ottomans, pouffes and floor pillows. All bean bag products are ECO-Friendly as well as handmade in Europe. (at From Europe) Stalb Lamps Kassen Lifestyle has created a new lighting solution, the Stalb Lamp, a curved steel structure sitting on a concrete base. The shade is created from a cube of hollowed-out recycled plywood. (at Design Milk) Soccer Shelf Image speakes for itself. (at 7Gadgets.com) Executive Soccer Mug Who can start their day without the requisite cup of coffee? Why not play a game of soccer as well? If you can’t get out of the office and onto the pitch bring a bit of the pitch to your office! Doubling as a coffee mug the Executive Sports Mug come with a mini pair of shoes a ball and a goal. It's a great way to relax and have a bit of fun without leaving your desk. (at Amazon) Swing Clocks This super-cool Swing Clock mounts on your wall, and sashays back and forth, marking the passage of time. Watch as your friends take hilarious double-takes once they realize the clock is apparently floating and swinging itself. Granted - it's just a timepiece. It's not likely going to help you with a thorough understanding of general relativity, though if you wanted to put one in a spaceship and accelerate it to a fraction below light-speed and return, that might work. (at Think Geek) Crystal Dock The Crystal Dock from Calypso is a handcrafted heavy block of lead crystal glass cut and polished to perfectly fit any iPhone or iTouch. Passing through 15 artisans during its creation, each dock is the upshot of 300 years of European glassworks experience and meticulous standards. (at Cool Hunting) Optimus Maximus Optimus Maximus’s customizable layout allows convenient use of any language—Cyrillic languages, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, hiragana, etc.—as well as of any other character sets: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions and so on to infinity. Any key (or to be exact, a unit consisting of a clear moving cap, a microchip and a display) can be easily removed by hands to be cleaned or replaced. (at Art. Lebedev Studio) 17-inch GX740, complete with Core i7 and Radeon HD 5870 This 17-inch beast measures a full 1.5-inches thick and weighs just over seven pounds, but all that heft nabs you a great deal of potency. Within, you'll find a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 GPU (1GB DDR5), gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) running the show. The panel tops out at 1,680 x 1,050, but you will get an ExpressCard slot, a trio of USB sockets as well as VGA and HDMI outputs. (at Engadget)

Beautifully Designed Products by Patricia Naves

I bumped into Patricia's work at Design Milk and as soon as I saw the beautiful bread shaped holders/coasters she designed I jumped to her website to check out further pieces from her. And at oiti.com.br (her website), I found several beautifully designed products! So I got in touch with Patricia to get more info about her and her work to show here to you. Her pieces are elegant, modern and clean, which is everything I love in product design! Patricia is a Brazilian architect/designer that has four passions in life: design, architecture, Scandinavia and Brazil. You will understand that later reading her own words. And as for me, I'm always very happy to show you guys more of our native talents, so now I present you Patricia Naves and her beautiful products. Don't forget to visit oiti to check out further pieces. Enjoy! :) I grew up in a small apartment and I used to sleep in a 4m² bedroom. My mother thinks that my small bedroom started architecture in my life and I agree. In by small bedroom I managed to fit a bed, a double bed, a dresser, a side table and a desk. When I was 18, I lived in Australia for a year and I was impressed by the width of the side walks. I came back and got into University at the School of Architecture at UFMG. In my second year of school, I spent a few months in Finland. I got carried away by Scandinavian architecture and design. I realized that I would never be able to separate these things: design from architecture – Scandinavia from Brazil. Since then, I try to administrate these four passions in life. I graduated in 2002. In 2004, I started Oiti. Iberê Coaster Set The Iberê is a reel shaped coaster set as well as a decorative piece, composed by 36 colored discs. This design is named after the great Brazilian artist Iberê Camargo, the master of the reels. Date: 2005 / Material: Coaster: MDF + paint Base: Plywood What is it that inspire you? The day by day life, people's basic needs and a humorous look over things. Luiza Magazine Holder The Luiza magazine holder was designed to mark the space with originality. It carries a hidden function within a small sculptural shape. Date: 2005 / Material: curved plywood + rovere veneer. Which are the positive and the negative things about your career? I only see positive things! If there is any negative side on it is the difficulty of making money fast as some other careers can do. With design the planning need to be done in a long term way. Tonton Stool The Tonton Stool is a fun furniture, designed to add versatility to the space. A piece to be easily moved around, suiting freely the needs of the moment: a stool, a magazine holder, a table base. Several functions within a simple fun shape. Date: 2007 / Material: curved plywood + lacquer Which advices you would give for those who are starting their careers? Keep the focus. Don't give up right away and face the difficulties. Get to know your own work and believe in the potential of it. Toast It Trivets Set The Toast it is a bread shaped pot holder/coaster, that adds a little fun to the table. Date: 2009 / Material: cork Do you guys like product design posts? Let us know and we will write more about it!

The Perfect Office #40

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) P.S.: We REALLY need you to help us find cool stuff. It's been a hard time finding relevant things... it just feels that every single site is talking only about friggin' iPad, iPhone and Android, and forgot about those everyday gadgets we all love. So, did you find something and wanna share? Tell us via twitter. Seriously. Thanks! ;) Icon Letter and Envelope This reminds me of the icon notepad — the icon letter and envelope from Brigada Creativa is a cheeky take on a physical letter using well-recognized computer iconography. (at Design Milk) Black & White Clock Digital clock: only figures, no case, only the necessary – only accurate time. Each figure has self-contained power supply and independent control, it can be fixed to any surface autonomously. A light sensor will switch the clock to an invert mode: the figures are white in the dark time of day and black at daytime. (at Kibardindesign) Earth Lamp Planet Earth shows us the world in a brand new light. Delicate surfaces mark the continents as a bold relief. The smooth structure of mainland in relation to the glossy surface of the sea provide an interesting contrast. The globe is the symbol of our habitat. The questions of environment protection, climate change and human rights are more relevant than ever. With a part of the PLANET EARTH sales we will support organizations that are devoted to these issues. (at Design Spotter) Cordies Power cables, USB cables, charger cables, Vince Cables – the whole world’s gone cable crazy. What’s more the pesky things are forever falling behind your desk the second you unplug your bits. That’s why you need a few Cordies. (at 7Gadgets.com) Joker MacBook Decal The sinister joker image will hold your apple tight as the light shines through. (at Geeky Gadgets) Laptop Lilo Laptop Lilo is made from a heat resistant material non-slip PVC that can withstand temperatures up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 degrees Celsius. Holds laptops up to 17 inches in size and fully inflates in roughly 2 minutes and allows for an optimum 10 degree viewing angle. Includes a travel pouch. (at Red Ferret) Commodore Invictus Keyboard Compare the Commodus Invictus' 1.6Ghz Intel Atom 330 processor, up to 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, nVIDIA GeoForce 9400, 802.11n, and HDMI out against the Asus Eee Keyboard's Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB or 32GB SSD and the same 802.11n and HDMI out, and it looks like the Invictus squeaks out a victory. The Invictus will also run Windows 7 vs the Eee Keyboard's XP, so there's that. But the Invictus has a resistive touchscreen versus the Eee Keyboard's capacitive. (at Gizmodo) Gigabyte Aivia M8000X Gaming Mouse Gigabyte has added a new gaming mouse to their range, which is designed to be used by ‘professional gamers’, the Gigabyte Aivia M8000X Gaming Mouse. The Gigabyte Aivia M8000X Gaming Mouse features a 6,000 dpi resolution, and the resolution can also be adjusted to a lower settings, it also has built in memory that will store up to forty five different key settings. (at Geeky Gadgets)

The Perfect Office #39

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Pitfall Crocodile And Scorpion Pixelated Doormats While the pixelated pond shape of the Pitfall-inspired crocodile doormat easily makes it the more desirable of the two, if your jungle explorations were constantly brought to an end by the sting of a scorpion, you might have a soft spot for that design instead. Both are made of rubber so it’s easy to hose off any pixelated corpses. (at Oh Gizmo!) Ligne Roset: 150 Years Ligne Roset is celebrating their 150th anniversary with a trio of limited edition products, in a run of 150 only each, numbered with a special anniversary logo. First are these two editions of the Pumpkin chair by Pierre Paulin, one in red shades and one in blue shades. The original was designed in 1971 for the drawing rooms of the Elysee Palace and only made available to the general public in 2008. (at Design Milk) Pac-Man MacBook Decal What better way to celebrate Pac-Mans 30th birthday than with one of these cool decals, featuring Pac-Man and Blink, Inky and Clyde. (at Geeky Gadgets) V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones You might think those white Apple earbuds are making a statement, but if so, it's a squeal of conformity compared to the roar of rebellion exuded by these V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones ($250). These bass-tastic cans feature a heavy-duty steel frame, 50mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Definition Drivers, two detachable Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables — including one with an Apple-friendly three-button remote and mic — a flexible memory headband, and a unique, stylish design. Available in white pearl, gunmetal black, or the chrome-covered phantom chrome, otherwise known as "the ear mirrors." (at Uncrate) Portable Battery Charger 8800mAh Portable Battery Charger – The newest emergency power supply for your laptop and USB devices comes in a highly durable and pocket-sized white case that you can take with you anywhere. (at 7 Gadgets) iHome Docking Keyboard for iPhone and iPod iHome offers two wired keyboards that incorporate a built-in dock for charging and synching your iPod or iPhone. The IH-K230MB (in black) is for Windows PCs, and the IH-K231MS (in white and silver, shown) is for Macs. The keyboards have a cover to conceal the dock when it’s not in use. There are illuminated media keys to control multi-media functions, and there are two USB ports. (at The Gadgeteer) Lenovo's Core i3 / i5-based IdeaPad Z560 We'd heard it was coming in June, and it looks like Lenovo's new Core i3 / i5-based IdeaPad Z560 is now already available to order directly from the company, with a promised ship date "within 13 days" (i.e. sometime in June, unless Lenovo really starts to move these out). Starting at just $739, the laptop packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, along with your choice of integrated Intel HD or discrete NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 320GB or 500GB hard drives, a DVD burner, a six-cell battery and, of course, your choice of Intel's latest and greatest ULV processors. (at Engadget)

The Perfect Office #38

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Umberto & Luisa Coatracks Soup Studio has designed these adorable hand-shaped coatracks, called Umberto and Luisa. The designer asks, “Why stick to conventions? Why don’t distort their own essence instead! That’s how a typical Italian rude gesture becomes form and function. Hatstand and hallstand. A sign becomes a purpose.” (at Design Milk) Digit: Pixelated Rug The graphic artist who designed this collection bases his work on the decomposition of colour through pixels, a technique that has been applied to the design of sofas, cushions, shirts… Now he embodies his special vision in these two rugs made from hand-knotted wool, one in vibrant colours, the other in more gentle tones. Both rugs have their source in photographic enlargement, giving the pieces a digital and technological look. Depending on the light or time of day, a glance captures the random union of one part of the 26 colours that make up the rug, always creating surprising groupings that are surprising to the eye; really shocking optical effects. (at Gizmodo) Illy Y1 iperEspresso Machine Get renowned Illy espresso in the comfort of your own home for less than the cost of a month's worth of trips to Starbucks with the Illy Y1 iperEspresso Machine ($125). The machine itself uses Illy's new iperEspresso capsule system, and features an aluminum casing with a tempered glass cup holder, a manual shut off to allow you to control the cup volume, a removable water tank, 19 bars of pump pressure, and the ability to make a piping hot shot of espresso in just seconds. Unless, of course, you enjoy paying $6 a day for your mochas. (at Uncrate) In-Desk 4-Port USB Hub Simple, but what a great idea! This 4-port USB hub from USB Geek replaces the plastic grommet that fits in those cord-corralling holes drilled in the tops of computer desks. It’s USB 2.0 and transfers files at speeds up to 480 Mbps. You can connect up to four high-, full-, or low-speed USB devices and still have room to route your cables. It apparently does not have an external power source. (at The Gadgeteer) UBoard desk shelf Cup holder, eh? I like cups. Who doesn’t? If you constantly find yourself in need of a 22 inch wide glass shelf with a built-in three-port USB hub and cup holder attachment, then today is your lucky day. The $50 UBoard is pitched as a “USB Multiboard For Your Keyboard & Office Life.” I don’t know about you, but I like to keep my keyboard life and my office life separate. It’s hard to do, but it’s important to me. (at Crunch Gear) Motz Tiny Wooden Portable Speaker Handcrafted tiny wooden speaker with built-in FM radio. Features rechargeable lithium battery that you can recharge by connecting to your computer's USB port. Works with any audio device. (at Holy Cool) Dotz Cord Straps and Identifiers Dotz Cable Identifiers are 10 reusable colored 'dotz' that come with ready to use punch-out icons and some DIY icons. (at Holy Cool) Gateway AIO ZX Series All-in-one desktops are among the most popular desktop systems around today. The AIO machine is perfect for the person not wanting a laptop, but not wanting a full desktop that takes up lots of space either. The Gateway One line of AIO machines has gained a couple new models including the AMD powered ZX4300-01e and the Intel powered ZX6900-01e. The ZX4300 is a 20-inch machine with an AMD Athlon II X2 235e dual-core CPU. It has ATI HD 4270 graphics and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Storage is 640GB and the machine has a slot loading DVD drive. It will ship in June for $749.99. (at Geeky Gadgets)

The Perfect Office #37

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Pisa Sofa and Chair by Ramei Keum Stability through balance is one out of elements considered when furniture is designed. However, it can be an element limiting design. I wanted to design a stable and convenient sofa in reality although it looked unstable. This form leaned forward as The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a characteristics in this sofa’s form and helps this sofa play a role as a point furniture giving tension to simple space. (at Design Milk) Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator Headphones Dre has Beats, Lady Gaga has her Heartbeats, and now Jay-Z has entered the personal audio game with Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator Headphones ($TBA). Co-developed by his Rocness and Skullycandy, these over-the-ear 'phones sport 40mm full-rage mylar drivers, an aviator-inspired contoured fit, a tangle-free nylon cable, and tons of style courtesy of a glossy polycarbonate speaker housing with stainless steel and aluminum accents. Padded carrying case included; Grammy-winning diva wife optional. (at Uncrate) Ballon USB Speaker Up, up and away with my beautiful balloon! Kawaii? Definitely. These colorfully spongy "balloons" by Yuen'to Design of Japan get you flying on your favorite tunes. Or use it with your mobile phone. The foam ball fits comfortably in your palm. USB recharging takes about two hours and keeps the little balloon sounding off for about 4.2 hours at max volume. Turn it up! Audio cable included for playback. (at A+R) Solar-Powered Battery Gives You 29 Ways To Charge, Choose One f you're ready to start making this whole solar power thing work for you, this 20,000mAh battery, which comes with 29 adapters for charging phones, MP3 players, cameras and laptops of all stripe, will keep all your gear covered. Charging the battery with the power of the sun will take about eight hours, whereas plugging into AC will get it done in only three, but once it's full it'll work with just about any gadget you throw at it. (at Gizmodo) Optimus Popularis Keyboard Even though things have been very quiet at Art Lebedev recently the company has just released news that they are still working on the Optimus Popularis Keyboard. But unfortunately its not going to be OLED as thought but it will still be full colour. Rather than having a tiny screen for each key its thought that the design will have one large screen with the keys sitting on top of it. (at Geeky Gadgets) Dell Studio XPS 7100 desktop computer Dell has announced a new Studio XPS computer today that can be equipped with the recently introduced AMD Phenom II X6 CPU with Turbo Core technology. The company is called the Studio XPS 7100. Dell is also offering machines with other new AMD quad-core Athlon II processors. The new machines are aimed at 3D gaming and multimedia users. The XPS 7100 is packed with features like a 460W PSU promising enough power for expansion in the future. The rig can be fitted with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 4TB of storage space. (at Slash Gear)

The Perfect Office #36

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? Not only gadgets and equipment, but also furniture, sound system, gaming stuff (for lunch time!). A designer is totally allowed to dream with the perfect office, and that's what we're gonna do here! Comment telling us your suggestions, or even better, you may tell us via twitter (mine and fabio's), using #abdz_ofc so we can check it. Alright? I hope you guys enjoy this brief selection. Cheers! ;) Sectional "Cake" The Cake outdoor sectional by Jane Hamley Wells was made for Moban, and the clever design incorporates seating and a tabletop in one innovative essential. The circular seating area is divided into five “slices” upholstered in black or white leather, which conveniently and compactly store under the stainless steel and glass table when not in use. The tinted glass tabletop comes in the choice of clear, satin, smoked brown and smoked grey finishes. This is the perfect patio piece for the person who loves to entertain in the outdoors. Check it out by visiting Jane Hamley Wells. (at Trendir) Wood Looking Rug Bring a touch of trendy cottage-chic charm to your everyday decor with this wood-looking rug by YLdesign. The Woody Wood rug was designed to look like the cross-section of a log complete with rings, grain and bark, giving the edge a rough, interesting border (which is cut, burned and fixed for a neat edge). The circle-shaped rug measures 1, 1.95m or 3m which offers the versatility of being placed in any-sized space. What a cool addition to either a rustic room or your modern, minimalist home in need of an interesting yet functional focal point. And this wood looking rug is made using durable, contractor-grade material that’s designed to remain beautiful for years to come. (at Trendir) Cut out clock The one-two-three punch of this modern clock makes it snappy! Self-adhesive backing for easy mounting. In black wood. Contemporary silver hands. (at 7Gadgets.com) Macbook Card Holders If you want to make sure all your future business partners know that you bleed Apple, this MacBook is the only one to buy. Cause it'd be totally gauche to put "Apple Fanboy" on your business card itself. There are miniature versions of the MacBook, the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air (just when you thought it couldn't get any skinnier). The card holders run around $30, though you might need to enlist a Japanese friend to help you navigate the product page and make the purchase. (at Gizmodo) Professional Photo Studio with Case The New Generation of the Photo Studio, Reflection board, Light Sources, etc. Just open the case and start to photo, Fast and Easy! (at 7Gadgets.com) TruePower U Socket FastMac has announced a 110V wall power outlet that can be used to replace any existing wall outlet. The TruePower U Socket contains two USB charging ports in addition to the standard 3-prong power outlet ports. The USB ports aren’t vampires – they don’t pull any power unless something is plugged in for charging. FastMac says they are waiting for final UL Approval before shipping, so they are taking pre-orders now and expecting to ship in the second quarter of 2010. (at ) Power Bullet Charger This black beauty will plug into a car charger or a standard outlet and charge up to 2 USB devices simultaneously. In your car, you can keep the GPS running and charge up one additional cell phone or handheld device, too. In your hotel room, you can charge two phones with one plug, leaving the others open for your netbooks. No more fighting, no more dead devices. Just peace, harmony, and full batteries. (at Think Geek) HP Pavilion dv6 The Pavilion line in general has graduated to etched metal casings not unlike you'll find in HP's Envy line. It's definitely a step up from the gloss of the previous generation without sacrificing much in either price or performance. There are four new Pavilions in all, but the one that offers something truly different—that multitouch display—is the dv6. The touchscreen is optional on the dv6, which makes sense if you're going to use its 15.6-inch HD display primarily for multimedia. And as a multimedia notebook, it holds up: the dv6 also has up to 1TB of storage, VGA, eSATA, HDMI, and several USB ports along with both Intel and AMD processor options. (at Gizmodo)