Gadgets

Dotz

Hurray for more cord management options! These three Dotz products will help tame and identify all those pesky cords around you. Check out their site for more pictures and info.

“Inspired by frustration, founded on fun, and driven by passion”Dotz is a new line of cord management products that provides an innovative and simple solution that everyone can “connect with”. Dotz is that rare design artifact that is, easy to use, reusable and applicable to everyone who uses consumer and office electronics. Have you ever had trouble identifying what cord goes to what device? Have you ever unplugged something you shouldn’t have? If the answer is yes, you need Dotz…

Dotz Identifier (10 Reusable colored dotz), $9.99
Dotz Cord Straps (8 Reusable colored cordstraps), $9.99
Dotz Cord Wraps (1 Cordwrap), $9.99

Buy it here.

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CableDrop

From the same company that brought you the CableBox and the Sanctuary Charging Station comes the CableDrop, a handy little thingamajig that keeps those cables from dropping behind your desk when you unplug your gadgets or laptops. It’d also be perfect for running lamp cords around/behind table legs so your home doesn’t look too cord-crazy.

Fixed behind or on the desktop, even onto a facing wall…Anywhere in fact where you wish to have cables temporarily held yet easily removeable or extended. CableDrop gently grasps your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug your laptop.

each 1-1/8″w

Sold in packs of six, each package includes three different colors, either muted or bright.

$9.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Availability: Buy CableDrop here

Kindle: Amazon’s 6″ Wireless Reading Device

So, the new Kindle looks pretty sleek. I’m debating on whether or not the convenience would outweigh any loyalty I have to actual paper pages. It would be nice to carry a slim device instead of the 4 to 5 books I take with me when I travel, but then again, maybe I’m not ready to shell out $350 for an electronic gadget. Hmm…

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images

Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging

More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books

$359.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $359.00
Availability: Buy Kindle: Amazon’s 6″ Wireless Reading Device here

Wrap Wrap

It’s nice to see a simpler (in the way of craft) wire management tool. The natural material provides a little bit of balance to the tech/gadgetry.

Wrap wrap is an innovative wire management tool that brings an element of simplicity and craft to the concept. Created with beautiful walnut or oak, Wrap Wrap keeps your ipod or mouse cables under control. Designed by Naoto Yoshida for to.mo.ni of Japan.

Finish: Walnut or Oak
2″ long

$15.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Wrap Wrap here

Magneat

If you have headphones you know how frustrating the tangling issue can be. Enter in the Magneat, which keeps the cord right where you want it by utilizing magnets (take a look at Magneat’s site to see how).

…a new way to manage headphone wires from any mobile device. Featuring a patented magnet solution to be fastened to almost any clothing, the Magneat solves one of the most annoying elements of portable technology like no-one has done before. The Magneat lets you adjusts the wire to acceptable length, minimizing the risk of tangling and reliefs the ears of the weight and motion from the wires. It keeps the wires close to your body and reduces the risk of unwillingly hooking and pulling it out of your ears or PMP (even when tying your shoelaces). Other benefits are the easy storage and untangled retrieval.

around $10.00, Buy it here or here.

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Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Magneat here

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‘I Am A Key’ 8GB USB flash drive

Hmm, is it worth it? Maybe? It looks pretty darn thin and very key-chain compatible.

“It’s shaped like a key, thin like a key, sturdy like a key and goes on our-you guessed it-key chain. It’s got all the bells and whistles you’d imagine (Hi-Speed USB 2.0, works on a Mac and PC, 8GB of storage space, ReadyBoost compatible) but it’s the fact that it’s so thin, so rugged and water and scratch proof, that makes it special! No more worrying whether something might happen to it, done, forget about that, this one is built to last.”

Purchase Information:

Price: £21.99
Availability: Buy ‘I Am A Key’ 8GB USB flash drive here

Plamodel DIY Camera

If you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands, and need to occupy said hands, here’s a kit to make your own camera.

the perfect gift for a budding photographer? how about a genuinely working do it yourself camera? the plamodel camera by japanese design house superheadz is a snap together kit that allows even the not-so-mechanically inclined to assemble their own 35mm camera. available in either black or custom Moriyama special edition model (images and color options reflect packaging color only).

camera type: 35mm, lens: 28mm

$17.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $17.00
Availability: Buy Plamodel DIY Camera here

Flash Drive Band

The easiest way not to lose your flash drive is to wear it, and considering that lanyards are sometimes hard to pull off as ‘cool’, this band/bracelet is a perfect alternative.

never lose your flash drive again!
512mb capacity, usb interface
soft, black silcone band
easy to put on and take off
(6) compatible with windows98 or higher/ mac os 9.0 or higher

$29.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Flash Drive Band here

Credit Card Calculator

This is on sale from the regular price of around $17.00…not bad for such a slim, stylish calculator.

Perfect for pocket or purse the Credit Card Solar Powered Calculator designed by Sam Hecht is always ready to go. The slim form factor mimics the size and shape of a standard credit card and the raised numeric keys allow for a tactile feel during operation.

Designer: Sam Hecht
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.2cm

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Hulger – P*PHONE

Whether you’d use this with your computer for calls or for your cell phone, it’s a comfortable old school option for prolonged conversations.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Hulger Shop

Folderix 4GB USB Thumb drive

Pretty cute cover for a thumb drive…

Here we have [a thumb drive] by the good guys over at red hot design studio Art Lebedev that looks like a folder icon, but in fact is a 4GB flashdrive for your USB port.

Colors: Blue, Purple, Yellow

$60.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Folderix 4GB USB Thumb drive here

Bottle Cap Tripod

This is exactly the kind of thing you don’t think you’ll need until you do.

This provides a solution to the issue that’s probably as old as the camera itself: What to use as a tripod when you don’t lug a tripod around? It’s easy, this little Bottle Cap Tripod slides onto the vast majority of national and international water caps, the universal adaptor fits onto pretty much every camera and the little hinge allows the little baby to swivel gently. That’s it you are done. Whether it’s the family picture, that special night shot or anything else that requires a tripod, the solution is in your pocket from now on.

$10.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Bottle Cap Tripod here

Felt Media Pocket

Here’s a simple pocket to protect your gadget while in your bag or wherever else it runs the risk of nasty scratches.

A pouch to protect your media device from the bumps and scratches of everyday life. Designed to fit the iPhone, iPod, and other smaller PDAs, phones, and media players. (Note: will not fit the huge blackberries and palms.) Material: grey industrial wool felt made from factory excess (85% wool and 15% mixed fibers). Made in the San Francisco Bay Area.

3.375″x6.125″

$19.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $19.00
Availability: Buy Felt Media Pocket here

Optimus Mini by Art.Lebedev

This looks like it would be a fun gadget to mess around with…the only problem I’d have is picking which 3 functions to choose.

3 completely controllable buttons allow you to assign pretty much any function to this sweet little device. Your iTunes controls, or your stock prices, or your communication settings that show you whether you have new mail or a new IM… What got us excited though was the fact that it was hacked and can now even play video.
Don’t be alarmed, the buttons of today’s mini keyboard have a resolution of 96×96 pixel and are huge compared to yesterday’s and with the included configurator software that works on a Mac and a PC, they are a breeze to set up!

Colors: Black, Silver

$159.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $159.00
Availability: Buy Optimus Mini by Art.Lebedev here

Loop memory drive

Drives are super easy to misplace, but this loop and lanyard one looks like it has that particular problem solved.

Technology comes full circle. A simple geometric shape adds fun and function to this 2Gb USB travel drive. The lanyard and bold shape ensure that it won’t get lost amid your other travel accessories. The sealed plastic shell is durable and easy to clean, and the cleverly-designed shape creates a substantial spot for holding, inserting and removing.

White or Orange.

$59.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Loop memory drive here