Gadgets

Pin-hole Solargraphy Camera

From our archives (originally published December 14, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

If you’re still lost on small gift ideas, this pinhole camera is pretty much the perfect stocking stuffer for just about everyone.

Make-It-Yourself Paper Pinhole and Solargraphy kit. Assemble in 1-2 hours, no knife or scissors needed. Use 35mm film (not included) preferably ISO200. Technical Specs: Film type: Aperture 1.16mm. Focal length 20mm. F stop F/130. Pinhole cameras do not have optical lenses. Film is exposed by light through a tiny hole in front of camera. Because there is no lens, the image will be in focus at all distances. Best pinhole pictures are taken on a bright day. The camera must be very still when shooting. Exposure times range from 5 seconds to hours and sometimes days.

[via Dwell]

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Pin-hole Solargraphy Camera here

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Black Bird Fly Twin Lens Reflex Camera

From our archives (originally published October 7, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

When was the last time you picked up a camera that had film? A while maybe? Might be fun to experiment with the old school style again, you might be surprised with the images you take. (Perhaps this could also be a delightful gift for a friend or family member?)

Shutter speed of 1/125
Standard 35mm film format
Also available from Amazon.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Poketo!

Grid-It Organization System

From our archives (originally published January 15, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

While this ‘organization system’ looks haphazard and crazy, I think it might be quite useful in organizing all the gadgets and chargers and such that we all know and love/hate. Order out of chaos…

“The Grid-It organization system is a unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of digital devices and personal effects. Slim design and conveniently sized for your current laptop bag or travel case, lets you easily find what you need. Features rear zippered pocket for additional storage.”

12in X 8.125in

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Flight 001

Bird-Electron EZ0 Limited Portable Speaker

From our archives (originally posted April 9, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Weird name for a company, but certainly a cool looking and hopefully good sounding speaker for your mp3 player. I’m impressed that it doesn’t require a power source but still has a switch to control loudness. This is a Japan exclusive product, available only through AudioCubes.

Material: Aluminum with leather strap
Color: yellow, blue, silver.
Dimensions: W73 x H76 x D32 mm

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.99
Available from: AudioCubes

Brenthaven Enclave 5-in-1 iPad Case

The Enclave iPad case from Brenthaven won’t turn too many heads on looks alone, (plasticky brown and black shouldn’t be the first thing you want to wrap your sleek iPad in), luckily it makes up for it in function. Besides the basic duties of protecting your iPad, the Enclave functions as a viewing and typing stand, and features a secure grip for to protect against a accidental drop. An included strap allows you to hang it from the back of a car seat, or perhaps on the bus too if the person in front of you doesn’t mind. If you’ve got a minute to spare, check out this video which best explains the features of the case.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.95
Availability: Buy Brenthaven Enclave 5-in-1 iPad Case here

Source: MocoLoco

Hex Watch Band for iPod Nano

If you’ve got the newest iPod Nano (Gen 6), you know it’s pretty slick and über tiny. So tiny that it would be more at home, say, on your wrist than in your pocket. Enter in the Hex Watch Band, a silicone strap that allows you to pop-in and pop-out your iPod as you wish. Could be a good gift this holiday season perhaps?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Hex Watch Band for iPod Nano here

Jawbone Jambox

You in the market for a bluetooth speaker? This one is a tiny bit larger than 6″ long and weighs less than a pound. Frequency range of 60Hz-20kHz with an output level of 85dB @0.5m… also has 3.5mm audio. Available for pre-order.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Jawbone

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PadFoot by Michiel Cornelissen

If you’re still in search of a stand for your iPad, then you’ll be thrilled to see another option hit the retail market. Able to use in either portrait and landscape mode and weighs less that 15 grams.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Shapeways

Wallee’s iPad Case and Wall Mount

Are you wanting to attach your iPad to the wall with something a bit more sturdy than industrial strength velcro? Check out Wallee’s iPad Wall Mount. It has a patented wall plate with an integrated locking ‘X’ mechanism that allows for either portrait or landscape view. You can also get additional plates for multiple mounts throughout your home or workplace.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: A+R Store

Block22 iPad Stand

Yet another iPad stand for you to choose from… this one is crafted by hand from a solid block of FCS-certified kiln-dried Ipe wood and has a 100% wool felt padding along the bottom. A slight indention provides a place for headphones or other small things.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Sherwood+Meister

iErnest iPhone wallets

iPhone owners, take note, a new case/wallet has entered the picture. A leather moleskine-like outside plus an aluminium mounting device equals subdued cool protection. The outside flap could be handy in deterring any prying eyes next to you on the train or subway too.

Several nice colors to choose from… some shown below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €35
Available from: iErnest

Galileo’s Telescope

Inspired by Galileo’s first telescope made in 1609, this little guy has the same focal length of 1 meter, yet is appropriately updated with ‘modern optical technology’ and a contemporary design. Now, whether you use it to for astronomical observations as Galileo did or neighborly spying is completely up to you.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $390.00
Available from: GSelect

Vers Shellcase for iPad

I had an opportunity to play around with an iPad this weekend (nevermind it was at this place looking at this stuff) and besides being generally taken with how it works and looks, I came away with a vague dissatisfaction with the plastic case that it was protected by. Now, a plastic case may suit your iPad just fine, but if yours starts showing its age with cracks along the spine (as did the one I saw), please consider a wooden case as a longer lasting alternative. This Shellcase has a metal foot that gives you a stand or angled keyboard option, and though the wood seems to add a bit more heft and size, it certainly provides a welcome warmth to balance out the technology.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.99
Available from: Vers Cases

Ela Desktop Calculator

I’m not sure if you use a desktop calculator or not, but either way you might find yourself wanting to buy this green gem of a number cruncher if only to gaze at it each and every day. I mean, come on, if there’s any reason to go old school, it’s for this baby. It’s got a nicely sized keypad, two-line display, currency converter and tax calculator. Plus, it’s just the right shade of green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Compass Mobile Stand for iPad

If you’re an iPad owner, take note of this handy folding stand. It can be used either as an upright easel (portrait or landscape) or at a keyboard-friendly angle for typing onscreen. Made from heavy gauge steel, you’ll not need to worry about breakage, and the fact that it folds up to a compact size makes it extremely travel friendly.

(Thanks Matt!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Available from: Twelve South