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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
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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
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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

LightWedge

You know those clip on book lights that look sort of silly? Well, this does the same thing but looks a bit better.

The leading book light for nighttime reading. Patented LightWedge technology directs all the light only on the page you are reading, without bothering someone sleeping next to you. The larger-sized LightWedge Original is ideal for hardcover books and large paperbacks. Whether reading in bed, reading on a plane, or reading in a car, the LightWedge book light is the perfect accessory for all readers and an ideal gift for travelers.

Mini LIght: $14.95,
Buy it here.

Original size: $34.95 each, Buy it here.

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Price: $34.95
Availability: Buy LightWedge here

Griffin Aircurve

Okay Iphone owners, how many of you have slept through your alarm because the tiny speaker wasn’t loud enough to wake you from your hibernatic slumber? The Aircurve from Griffin is designed to acoustically amplify the sounds from the speaker without the need for any electricity.

AirCurve is designed with a pass-through slot that allows you to charge and sync your iPhone by inserting a Griffin Dock Cable (available separately) or the dock cable that came with your iPhone. And AirCurve’s see-through translucent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the graceful curves inside that do all the work.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99
Availability: Buy Griffin Aircurve here

Flashlight Battery

Here’s a handy little gadget:

“Here’s a bright idea! This super compact LED light attaches to any 9 Volt battery to create a portable light source. Awesome! Operates in regular and strobe modes. Imported. Wipe clean.”

  • Includes: LED lamp, 9V battery
  • 1″w, 2.5″h, .5″d
  • Plastic, electronics

$8.00,
Buy it here.

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Price: $8.00
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MagWear® – Handyman’s Helper Magnetic Wristband

For anyone who’s dropped a screw or nail while at the top of a ladder, this magnetic wristband is a dream come true. Sure, it’s a little bulky, but you’ll be wearing it for various ladder-climbing chores, not a fashion show.

If you’re tired of holding nails in your mouth and waste entirely too much energy climbing up and down ladders to retrieve fallen screws…then Handyman’s Helper is for you. The ridiculously strong magnet in this “magwear” holds onto hardware, small tools and other metallic objects…it’s so strong you can actually pile the hardware on in layers. Perfect for working on ladders, in crawlspaces, hanging pictures, under cars, or in any situation where you don’t want to loose your stuff. Velcro strap can accommodate even the thickest of wrists. Available in Coral Red, Sage Green, Construction Site Yellow, Perwinkle Blue and Grey. Comes packaged in a decorative box for easy gift giving. Magnetic area is 3″ x 4″ square; 3/4″ deep.

$19.95,
Buy it here.

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Price: $19.95
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Electronic Calculator M by Naoto Fukasawa

Perfectly simple solar-powered calculator by Naoto Fukasawa.

No matter how complex your calculations may be, the Electric Calculator M was designed to make things a bit more simple. With easy to read numbers, a slightly elevated display section, and uniform color on both body and keys, any elements of complexity have been scaled back as much as possible. The idea of doing work has suddenly become a bit more attractive…

[posted by kris]

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Pico Drive

Since I’m an aspiring minimalist (it’s a struggle), I’ve been trying to implement the paper free lifestyle described in this Lifehacker article. I’ve been scanning in my old paperwork and shredding it and saving everything to my tiny USB key. I’ve been a little paranoid about what would happen if I lost it or it got wet, but I do back it up to two separate harddrives just in case. This particular one is 8 GB (which would be enough to hold a lifetime of data) and it’s shock and water resistant.

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Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Pico Drive here

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Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Macs

These color-coded keyboard skins hold the secret to learning the bajillion shortcuts that come with certain applications.

Our custom-fitted color-coded keyboard skins are available for…
APPLICATIONS: * Photoshop * Aperture (1.5) * Final Cut Pro/Express * Pro Tools * After Effects * Logic Pro
KEYBOARDS: * MacBook Pro
* Macbook (Black and White)
* Macbook Air
* Apple Thin Keyboard
* Apple Thin Wireless Keyboard
* Apple Classic Keyboard

-Models available for notebook computers and desktop keyboards.
-Molded exactly to fit your keyboard like a glove.
-Quick to remove and reapply as often as you wish.
-Keeps your keyboard clean and clear of debris.
-Made from beautiful, flexible, washable rubber, color-coded by function.

Skins for Laptops, $30.00
Skins for Desktops, $40.00

(Thanks Amit!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00-$40.00
Availability: Buy Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Macs here

Hex Key L – Wrench Set

Having the right tools certainly helps a job go faster, and with these brightly colored hex keys you might just have the urge to whistle while you work.

“Rainbow hex key L – wrench set for hexagon socket screws, powder coated with color code for the different sizes.”

[via the function key]

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Price: $28.35
Availability: Buy Hex Key L – Wrench Set here

Shoebag and Solar Radio

Other than the fact these two items are both from the same retailer, both eco-friendly, and both cost the same, these two products really have nothing whatsoever in common.

Organic Cotton Shoe Bag:
“Keep your shoes looking like new with this organic cotton shoe bag. Whether they are traveling with you or sitting in the closet, placing your shoes in a bag will protect them from everyday elements and wear-and-tear that over time can make even the nicest shoes looking a bit worn. A classic black and white image of a pair of oxford wingtips gives the bag a masculine, retro quality and will make any man feel like Cary Grant. Handmade by South African Artisans of organic cotton.”

16″ L x 19″ W
$25.00, Buy it here.

Dynamo Solar Radio:
“This handy-dandy, (not to mention cute) little radio has a great vintage look and compact, eco-friendly design, making it the ideal combo of smart and stylish. Charge its built-in battery using either solar energy or the hand crank, and you’re guaranteed to never be without music, news or weather when you need it most.”

3″ H x 3″ W x 2″ D
$25.00, Buy it here.

[and both were found via productdose]

[posted by katie]

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Price: $25.00
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10-Key Calculator by Ippei Matsumoto, 2004

Why, oh why are there still devices that are not Mac compatible?

“Inspired by the number pad on a keyboard, this calculator has all the standard features and can easily be connected to a laptop or PC via USB cable connection to add number-pad functionality. It can also be used independently. Not MAC compatible. One LR1130 battery included.”

1h x 5.5w x 3.25″d

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Price: $58.00
Availability: Buy 10-Key Calculator by Ippei Matsumoto, 2004 here

Wireless Fabric Keyboard

Not sure how well this works, but it’s a nice idea for those of us that get tired of tiny keypads while on the go.

“Thin. Light. Wireless. This foldable, full-sized keyboard turns your PDA or smartphone into a mobile office. Simply sync it with your PDA, prop your device on the handy stand, and you’re good to go. Once you’re done, roll it up and stash it in its nylon pouch. Includes keyboard, two AAA batteries, phone/PDA stand, pouch, and an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction card. Bluetooth compatible. Neoprene.”

2.4 oz. 12″ x 4.5″ (open), 5″ x 2″ x 1.2″(stowed).

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Availability: Buy Wireless Fabric Keyboard here