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Our Desk Beckons The CSYS LED Task Light

By David Ponce

Looking like a construction crane, the CSYS LED Task Light from designer Jake Dyson is an object of desire. At least as much as one can desire such an industrial looking object… which is a lot. Made from aluminum, copper and plastic…

[the] CSYS LED task light can be adjusted effortlessly in three axes to allow exact, stable positioning. Setting the LED head close to the working area allows focussed illumination, whilst raising it creates a wide, even pool of light. The mechanics are designed with precision to ensure a smooth accurate movement and positioning.

The heat pipe within the CSYS LED task light conducts heat away from the LEDs and distributes it evenly over the length of the heat sink. It uses no external pumps or extra energy to cool the LEDs and is instrumental in keeping the CSYS task light running brightly and efficiently for 37+ years.

As usual with objects that look decent, you can expect to pay a price premium. The CSYS Task Light is £550.00 (around $858 USD).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Nothing Quite Says “Screw You, Boss” Like The Inflatable Pillow Tie

By David Ponce

Oh you hippie, you… why’d you have to get all corporate and find yourself a job working for the Man? Doesn’t matter, a day will come when you’ve had enough of never ending meetings and will want to commit career suicide. Do it in style with the inflatable Pillow Tie. As the website says: “Most functions that require a tie deserve to be slept through.” This particular tie has an inflatable bladder and can be turned into a pillow in seconds. It’s roughly $20.

We realize this wonderful novelty item may not be new, but it is new to us so it may be to some of you.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Don’t Be Tying No Strings On Your Fingers, Use This Instead

By David Ponce

Sometimes you have to remember something real bad. Just can’t forget it. Tying a string on your finger is one way to do it, but hey, what if you don’t remember why you tied a string? Buy a set of these die-cut Post-Its and wear them like wristwatches.

€9.80 for 100 “watches”.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Handy Notes Let You Passive Agressively Enhance Your Messages

Handy Notes (Image courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

I like the idea behind these hand-shaped sticky notes that let you fold back the fingers to create different message-enhancing gestures. But let’s not beat around the bush here. As cute as a thumbs up or pointing finger might be, there’s really only one hand gesture people are going to use these for. Because what’s better at getting your message across? “Bill, stop stealing my lunch from the breakroom fridge” with a cutesy thumbs up? Or, “Bill, stop stealing my lunch from the breakroom fridge” written on a note that’s flipping them the bird? I think the message is clear here, literally and figuratively. I just wish they weren’t ~$12 (£7.50) for a single stack, because I’ve got a lot of passive aggressive notes to leave.

[ Handy Notes ]

This Product Only Exists For A Single Gag

This Is Spinal Tape (Image courtesy Copernicus)
By Andrew Liszewski

Like the movie and its “the numbers all go to eleven” amp joke, This Is Spinal Tape really only exists for a single, marginally clever, gag. It’s a basic roll of clear plastic tape, 82 feet in length, with a spinal cord graphic printed along its length. For novelty purposes it’s actually pretty pointless, even as a gift for your favorite chiropractor or surgeon. As far as I’m concerned it really only exists for the purpose of providing a humorous product shot that can be passed around in emails. Or posted as a loosely affiliated ‘gadget’ on a tech blog. It’s also $8 for a single roll, which is about $8 more than I’d be willing to pay for it.

[ This Is Spinal Tape ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Crappy Digital Camera Poses As A Compact, Fold-Out Business Card Scanner

Fold-Out Business Card Scanner (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Do you know the one thing a techno savvy business traveler, who’d actually be inclined to scan a business card, probably already has? A smartphone! And do you know the one thing every smartphone has? A digital camera! So I’m not entirely sure who this fold-out business card scanner is actually targeted at. On the plus side it’s… um… compact when folded up. And the convenient card holder means it’s almost a hands-free operation. The downside? Where do I begin? It’s got a crappy 2MP CMOS sensor, uses USB so you have to have your laptop running to use it and doesn’t even come with OCR software. That’s left up to you to supply. Plus, it’s like $40. So you’re far better off just finding a card scanning app for your smartphone, or do what I do, never contact anybody.

[ 2MP Mini Business Card Scanner (Fold Out Design) ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Native Union Decides The Post-It Note Needs An Upgrade – Introduces The Play

Native Union Play (Image courtesy Native Union)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever felt that scribbling down a quick message for someone on a Post-it note was too cold or impersonal, Native Union’s new high-tech alternative is right up your alley. Instead of leaving just a quick “Call George” you can take advantage of its whopping 256MB of built-in memory and camera to record a video message up to 3 minutes in length. Or, multiple shorter messages. The videos can be ‘enjoyed’ on its 2.4 inch LCD display, and on a set of 3xAAA batteries you should be able to record up to 3 hours of video before it conks out.

Instead of a sticky strip on the back, the Play is magnetic so it can be adhered to fridges, cabinets and far less places than a Post-it note. And since the name of the game is ‘fun’ here, when it’s available in about a month’s time for ~$80 (£49.99) you’ll be able to pick one up in your choice of green, pink, blue, purple, red, white or black.

[ PR – Native Union Play’s around with conversation ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

ArchRuler Is Way Easier To Pick Up Off A Flat Surface

ArchRuler (Images courtesy Matomeno)
By Andrew Liszewski

This ArchRuler design is so brilliantly simple that I have to assume it’s been thought of before. But, it’s new to me, and I’m going to assume new to at least a handful of you too. As someone with the unfortunate habit of biting their fingernails, picking flat or thin objects off a flat surface is next to impossible. Dropped change often has to be abandoned, and in grade school rulers had to be slid off the edge of a desk lest they be imprisoned on top forever.

Those problems I had to deal with as a student though would not have been so difficult had I been issued an ArchRuler at the start of the school year. As its name suggests, it arches upwards in the middle, making it easy to pick up off a flat surface. But it’s just as easy to use as a regular ruler by pressing down on the middle when you need to draw a straight line or make a measurement. Available from the Japanese online store Rakuten for ~$6.50, and probably a lot of other places too.

[ Matomeno – ArchRuler ]

FitDesk – Another Exercise While You Work Solution

FitDesk (Images courtesy FitDesk)
By Carole Sinclair

I’m just as un-keen on exercise and work as the next… well… everybody. So picking off these two birds with one stone is always the dream. Our desk-based work days have been blamed for their fair share of our oft-lamented ‘sedentary lifestyles’, and solutions like those office-chair-bouncy-ball-thingys don’t suit everyone’s tastes. (*Rubs tailbone*) We’ve probably also all seen other uber-fit solutions like working at a computer while walking on a treadmill. But doing that for 8 hours straight can be grueling at best, and a safety hazard at worst.

Enter the FitDesk. It’s an exercise bike with a usable desk attached where you’d normally find the handlebars. You’re technically still sitting and working while using it, but you’re also pedaling, building muscle and burning calories throughout the day. With a treadmill workstation, when you decide to stop walking you’re either left standing and working for hours at a time, or risk admitting that you’ve abandoned yet another exercise endeavor. But when you take a break with the FitDesk, you’re still comfortably seated, leaving you plenty of endurance to keep exercising and building up the strength to eventually win the rat race. (Or at least place respectfully.)

The resistance of the pedaling can be adjusted for a more intense workout as desired, and the whole unit folds up so it can be stashed away in a closet if used at home. Unfortunately I don’t see a way to secure the laptop, which is a little worrisome given it sits perched pretty high, and an untimely fall from your sweaty hands could easily be its demise. I guess that’s where duct tape and bungee cords come in. It’s also $229, which is kind of expensive for a pretty basic exercise bike. Even with a built-in ‘desk’.

[ FitDesk ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]