21 Inspiring And Offbeat Items To Make Your Workplace Awesome
We love to be up to date and surround ourselves with awesome, unusual, helpful and great things. Eventually, they were created in order to make our life simpler, right? Despite summer is in full spate, we started to think about the fall and looked for creative inspiring items that could distract us from a “summertime sadness”. So in this article we’ve collected cool gadgets which can be useful at your workplace: either home or office. The main criterion - offbeat and inspiring!
1. Lenovo Dual Touch Slim 2.4G Wireless Mouse
The Lenovo Dual Touch Slim 2.4G Wireless Mouse isn’t just another computer mouse you have used till date. Instead, this amazing design works as a wireless mouse as well as a laser pointer. It comes in two different colors of orange and black with the device being perfectly optimized for Windows 8. Oh and there’s more – a touch sensitive bar which will recognize one-finger gestures with ease. Don’t you think this is one of the coolest wireless mouse from recent times?
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2. More Order/Safety/Portability for your Mac Pro
Oprostation is perfect to make it better in design for customers who wish a clean and essential writing desk. Oprostation is made for make life of professional people better: a big ring under the Mac Pro make easy to collect all cables in one place, so you can put the Mac with all connectors in front. A big handle, included in every Oprostation, let easily you bring the Mac Pro with you. Perfect for photographers, DJ, musicians, hard-core gamers, developer, investigators and every type of professional users that work outside the office. Oprostation main structure has a core made of brushed aluminum and cast ensuring solidity and lightness.
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3. Moon Concept Multi-Point Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Nexus
Moon-W7 is a high-end QI wireless charging station with 3 induction coils. Compatible with all Qi-enabled smartphones and tablets, the triple coil wireless charging transmission module is elaborately arranged to save you the trouble of aligning your mobile device to the charging node in the wireless charger. Substantially increased transmission areas lets you “drop and charge”.
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4. Wireless Page To TV Magnifier
Magnify written material up to 70X times by using this amazing Wireless Page To TV Magnifier. It will magnify the content and display it directly on the television that enables easy viewing. Using the device is as easy as using a computer mouse. You just have to guide it over books, magazines and newspapers, which then gets wirelessly transmitted as an enlarged text on the television. The LED inside the magnifier will ensure the images you get to see are brighter with crisper text that is easier to read. You can choose to display the text in black on a white background, white on a black background or in color.
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5. Palette – Physical Controls For a Precise Editing Experience
Palette’s magnetically connected sliders, dials and buttons offer photographers and other creative people a faster, more intuitive and precise editing experience. Palette offers creative professionals a game-changing experience. Unlike generic one-size-fits-all keyboard and mouse interfaces, users can fully customize the layout, function and even colour of each control module to fit their own workflow and favourite software. Where touch screens require users to look down and offer no sense of feedback, the use of physical controls allows the user to engage directly with their work and can drastically improve workflow. Palette is improving the editing experience for photographers today, and plans on doing the same for video editors and musicians next. As an expandable modular platform, Palette’s hardware team is already conceptualizing next modules, such as motorized sliders and trackballs.
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6. Cuberox – Waterproof 6-Display Linux Cube Gadget With Apps
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7. USB Power Strip
Never run out of USB ports again, use a Hub! This USB 2.0 Hub adds 4 high-speed ports with data transfer rate up to 480 Mbps. And it’s Plug & Play! Simply connect it and start using it. Portable and convenient. This hub provides up to 500mA current to each port, which is sufficient for many different devices.
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8. Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan
Create a clean personal space at your home or office devoid of harmful dust particles or bad odors with the Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan. The size being compact and extremely portable makes it an easy-to-use travel accessory you can take with you anywhere and get some fresh air whenever you think you could do with some. You simply need to plug it into a USB port which will turn it on instantly. The front and the back can be pulled to expand the set up and turn it into a fan as and when required. So when you feel really congested in stuffy environments, you know what you should carry next.
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9. MeArm – Open Source DIY Robot Arm Kit
Get introduced to industrial robotics and motion control concepts with MeArm – An open-source DIY robotic arm kit. This arm can be controlled by popular micro controllers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, which uses 4 hobby servos for motion. The kit comes with a quick start CD-rom which will work as an excellent educational resource kit for those who wish to learn robotics and microcontrollers. By using the MeCon Pro win7 GUI motion control app and Arduino source code, you’ll be able to make your robotic arm move right away. This deluxe version includes Servo motors, structural plywood piece and all fasteners needed for assembly. Great news, now you can have your own desktop sized 4-axis parallel-mechanism mini industrial robotic factory arm too.
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10. Inukshuk Dark Grey
Originally, inukshuks were stone landmarks used for navigation and as points of reference by the Inuit. This new interpretation is a multi-functional desktop object. The integrated magnets enable it to be used for different purposes such as a paperclip or photograph holder or as an anti-stress device for your hands. It inspires you to create your own desktop sculpture, thus encouraging your own imagination.
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11. Incipio Fixie Tablet Stand
The Incipio FIXIE Stand provides multiple viewing angles-perfect for reading, typing or gaming on your tablet. With universal compatibility, select the FIXIE Stand to pair with your iPad or favorite tablet and enjoy the endless possibilities.
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12. iMacompanion USB Port – Front USB Port for Your iMac
Sometimes you so need a front USB port for your iMac and it’s during those moments when the iMacompanion USB Port will come handy. It’s a clutter free design, which won’t take up much space and merge beautifully with the iconic style of your iMac. This way, you can keep your printers or hard drives always connected to your iMac using the rear ports while this front port is kept for everyday use. You can call it a proper organization tool that enables you to preserve the original design of the iMac while keeping your USB needs in place. No struggling for the rear USB ports anymore.
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13. World Time Clock Barrel
This barrel-shaped desk clock has 12 sides, each with the name of two major cities. Altogether, the 24 cities represent the 24 Global Time Zones. To find the local time in another time zone, roll the clock so the city representing that time zone is on top. The Waals World TimeClock is useful next to the computer and the phone, on a journey, for international business or when friends, family or lovers are abroad.
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14. USB Webmail Notifier
The USB Webmail Notifier is the physical version of the virtual “You’ve Got Mail” notifications your computing and communications devices provide. It even looks like an envelope, albeit a 3D one. Every time you get a mail, the notifier lights up and starts nagging about the unread mail. It will even tell you how many unread mails you have. It doesn’t need a battery, since the notifier gets its power via USB from the device it is plugged into. You can get a USB mail Notifier that glows in blue, red or green colors. It works with everything from Gmail and Yahoo to Outlook Express and POP3 accounts. It’s easy to install, since all you have to do is plug it in and allow the installation process to access the included CD with the drivers.
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15. LaCie Sphere External Hard Drive
LaCie Sphere from France-based Christofle is an external hard drive. That’s its technical duty, so to speak. But LaCie also has ornamental value as a display item. It is made to perfection by silversmiths toiling away in the company’s workshop in Normandy. They manually silver plate the external hard drive, put the Christofle brand signature on it, and polish it till the reflective surface shines brilliantly enough to dazzle everyone within sight. Set it on a desk next to your laptop, and it’ll look out of this world special. As for functionality, you get 1TB of backup space, along with features such as automatic backups and password protection. If you’re using a USB 3.0 interface, you can get blazing fast transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps.
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16. PowerMate USB Controller
You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool? Because it’s an assignable controller that you can program to do anything you want, in any application. PowerMate USB functions beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for your Mac or PC. But that’s just the beginning of PowerMate’s possibilities. Edit movies just like the pros, using PowerMate as a precision Jog/Shuttle wheel. PowerMate makes editing a breeze, anything from home movies to your next demo. It even comes preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand, right out of the box! But the real power of PowerMate USB is its programmable driver. You can quickly and easily program it to execute any Key Command, in any application.
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17. Luxafor – Your Ultimate Productivity Device
This is Luxafor a USB light indicator that shows your colleagues your availability and notifies about important incoming information. Luxafor is an LED indicator that connects to your computer through a USB port or via Bluetooth, and shows your availability or notifies you about important information, like incoming emails or calendar reminders.
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IDKEY team recognized a familiar pain point in most digital users lives and built a simple password management device. Today, we have literally hundreds of passwords, account numbers and other important information that we have to remember. myIDkey is the first fingerprint, voice-search, secure Bluetooth/ USB drive that displays passwords and ID on the go as well as works with all smart mobile devices and personal computers. Now passwords and account information is at the tip of your finger. It’s convenient, smart, simple and virtually unspoofable.
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19. Keepit Clean Keyboard System
Cleans away dust, dirt and grime from your keyboard, notebook screen and external display, leaving it biologically clean. This advanced all-in-one anti-bacterial cleaning system from Keep It Clean cleans away dust, dirt and grime from your keyboard, notebook screen and external display, leaving it biologically clean.
20. Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Skin
With the KB Covers Photoshop Keyboard Cover, your Photoshop projects will get edited faster because you can spend more time working on your project and less time memorizing the program shortcut key. It includes custom editing buttons for the default keyboard layout for Adobe Photoshop. It is compatible with versions CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6. Utilizing a multi-color printing process, the editing keys are color-coded and heat fused on clear silicone to ensure long lasting durability.
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21. Virtual Keyboard From Brookstone
Tired of using your thumbs on minuscule smart phone and tablet keyboards? Spilled hot beverages and sticky stuff on a laptop keyboard? Forget all the keyboard pain with this virtual keyboard from Brookstone. It uses lasers to project the keyboard on any flat surface. You touch, and the small device has powerful optic sensors that pick up and transmit the data to your smartphone, tablet or laptop using Bluetooth. The tiny projector comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and USB cord for charging.
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