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ALERT Staples: Every Office Needs These

Alert Staples

Everything’s all good until you run out of staples. What’s worse is when your office is truly out of staples because the guy in charge of supplies screwed things up. This happened last week at our office, and let me just say that the hour it took to buy staples was as tense as things can get in an otherwise boring office.

I’m sure it’s happened to you before: you’re stapling forms and documents, working up a good rhythm, until you hear that empty click that means your stapler is out of staples. Working to make sure that this doesn’t happen without your awareness is ALERT Staples. It’s a concept by Wei-Ling Hsu, Yu-Ren Lai, and Cyuan-Yi You, where your typical staple wires are inked with a red band at the edge.

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The T-EM50 is the World’s Smartest Tape Dispenser

T-EM50 Tape

Tape dispensers. Can’t live with them (especially during those times where they just keep getting stuck), can’t live without them (because, really, what other choice do you have?) The design of these office staples hasn’t changed much over the years. Frankly, it would be pretty hard to come up with a modern version of the tape dispenser because what can you really do to improve or add to its features, when all it’s meant to do is dispense tape?

That’s a question the folks over at Kokuyo S&T in Japan have pondered on a lot, because they’ve come up with the T-EM50, which is the world’s smartest tape dispenser. Why? Because it’s an automatic dispenser that spits out tape of the exact length that you specified on its LED display.

Given all that it can do, the T-EM50 is pretty pricey at 15,750 yen (~$200). But if you’re OCD about your tape, then this might be a worthwhile investment. The dispenser runs on four AA batteries and will go on sale sometime this September.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ New Launches ]