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Smart Phone Note – iPhone 4 Case + Notebook In One

Smart Phone Note (Images courtesy design tag)
By Andrew Liszewski

While not necessarily designed exclusively for students, I’m filing this notebook/iPhone 4 case under ‘back to school’ gear since I think I would have found it really handy back when I still had classes to attend. The top half of the notebook features a foam mould designed to hold the iPhone 4 in landscape or portrait orientations, while a strategic cutout lets you still access the headphone port when it’s turned sideways. On the inside of the cover you’ll find slots for holding debit or credit cards, as well as business cards. And since the notebook will set you back about $29 (30,000 WON) from design tag, the notebook portion is fortunately replaceable once you fill it up.

[ Smart Phone Note ]

Ninjapins Promise No More Pin Holes In Your Wall

Ninjapins (Images courtesy AssistOn)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon trying to camouflage the holes left from pins and thumbtacks before moving out of a dorm room or apartment, you’ll appreciate the simple innovation these Ninjapins bring. Traditional tacks feature a round shaft with a pointed tip that makes them easy to stick in a wall, but when removed they leave behind a tiny, but very noticeable, hole. So to combat that problem the ninjapins feature a shaft that’s actually just a thin, folded metal strip. It stays just as rigid as a round shaft, and sticks into a wall just as easily thanks to an angled, sharpened tip.

But when removed, instead of a hole, you’re left with a very thin ‘L’ shaped slit in the wall that’s far less noticeable from a distance. I mean, if your landlord is going over your place with a fine-toothed-comb they’re probably going to see them, but for most uses they seem like a far better alternative to regular tacks if you’re trying to keep your wall damage to a minimum. The only catch? A 5-piece set from AssistOn runs about $5 (¥400), so in the long run it may just be cheaper to refinish a perforated wall.

[ Ninjapins ] VIA [ Matomeno ]

Elecom’s New DATA clip Flash Drives Seem Oddly Familiar…

Elecom DATA clip Flash Drive (Image courtesy Elecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

You know I can’t seem to put my finger on it, but Elecom’s new DATA clip USB flash drives look oddly familiar to me. Their design awkwardly combines a USB flash drive with a traditional, curved metal paperclip. (Except plastic is the material of choice here.) And I say ‘awkwardly’ because when attached to a stack of documents the drive part ends up sticking out, which to me looks like it could easily be knocked off when passed around. A more improved design would have the DATA clip attached to a document so that the flash drive part hung over the page, making it more secure. But who knows, maybe that’s not even possible?

[ Elecom DATA clip by Nendo ] VIA [ designboom ]

Canon Announces Desktop Accessories

Canon Desktop Accessories (Images courtesy Canon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Most consumers associate Canon with imaging products, from digital cameras to printers to photocopiers. But I guess they’ve decided they want a bigger slice of that sweet, sweet office equipment pie, and have introduced a couple of wireless accessories designed to complement your laptop. The X Mark I Keypad and X Mark I Mouse will sell for $59.99 each when they’re available in September and August respectively, and both connect to your PC via Bluetooth serving as an external keypad, mouse and dedicated calculator. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one does which. Both are available in black or white finishes, while the keypad adds a small solar panel to augment its single AAA battery.

[ PR - Canon U.S.A. Announces New Desktop Accessories For Today's Business Professionals ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Novac’s Tiny Simply Scan Business Card Scanner

Novac Simply Scan (Image courtesy Novac)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dedicated business card scanners have mostly been replaced by camera-equipped smartphones, but I say mostly because a Japanese company called Novac has just bucked that trend and released this Simply Scan device. It looks like a tiny flatbed scanner that’s barely larger than a business card, but oddly enough it doesn’t work like one. Instead of a glass bed and a sliding scanning mechanism, you just lift the lid of the Simply Scan which positions a small camera over the center of the card. It then snaps a pic and uses included OCR software (running on your computer) to convert the details on the card into an entry in your address book.

Unfortunately it’s only compatible with Windows based PCs, or at least I assume the included software is, and at ~$120+ (¥9,980) it’s actually really expensive when you consider it’s just a lo-res digital camera.

[ Novac Simply Scan ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Bridge Shredder Fits Various Sized And Shaped Garbage Cans

Bridge Shredder (Images courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

I already have a document shredder that’s designed to sit atop garbage cans of various shapes and sizes using a sliding arm mechanism, but it’s a pain to use, and quite frankly, rarely works as it’s supposed. As far as I’m concerned it’s another example of where the K.I.S.S. maxim could and should have been applied, which is what studio ‘one tenth design’ clearly did for their Bridge shredder.

Instead of complicated moving parts, the Bridge simply has a narrowing body design below the slot that allows it to securely sit inside rectangular or circular garbage cans. Kind of like how you carve the lid of a pumpkin at an angle when making a jack-o-lantern so it doesn’t fall inside. And whereas my shredder has an annoying 4 foot power cord which usually requires me to dig up an extension in order to actually use it, the Bridge is cordless and instead relies on a set of AA batteries to keep it going. Sure it means it’s probably not as powerful as a corded version, nor will it last as long, but in this case I think convenience totally wins out. According to designboom the Bridge has officially hit the market, but I’m not entirely sure where you can order one just yet.

[ Bridge Shredder Warning: Annoying use of Flash! ] VIA [ designboom ]

Recycled Paper Pens

Recycled Paper Pens (Images courtesy Contra Forma)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t care if you’ve created the most eco-friendly, carbon neutral, animal-friendly product on the planet, if there’s a cheaper alternative made with the most environmental unfriendly process known to man, people are still going to buy it. Case in point- these Paper Pens. Each one is made from a single page of used A4 paper, so when it runs dry, save for the ink cartridge, the pen can be recycled. However, at ~$5.85 (€4) each, it’s hard not to just opt for an entire box of BICS instead. No matter how many puppies were used in their creation.

Update: According to further research it turns out BIC pens are NOT made from puppies. Sorry for any confusion.

[ Paper Pens ] VIA [ RFJ ]

Kokuyo’s X-ViZ One-Handed Designer Calculator

Kokuyo's X-ViZ One-Handed Designer Calculator (Images courtesy Kokuyo)
By Andrew Liszewski

At this point standalone calculators really only serve as decorative desk accessories, and the new X-ViZ from Kokuyo totally embodies that idea. Its sleek, slim form factor not only makes it look like a prop from a 70′s sci-fi flick, but it also allows the calculator to be used single-handedly. A methodology we’re already accustomed to thanks to cellphones and the like. Available on May 11 in black or white the X-ViZ will exclusively be available in Japan for ~$64 (¥5,250).

[ Kokuyo X-ViZ ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

IDEAL 0101 Hard Drive Puncher

IDEAL 0101 Hard Drive Puncher (Image courtesy PC Pro)
By Andrew Liszewski

You probably already have a paper shredder at the office for disposing of confidential documents, but since those often choke on something as small as a forgotten paperclip, you need something with a little more oomph if you hope to do the same with discarded hard drives. Like the IDEAL 0101 HDP from Duplo, which promises to pierce an unneeded old drive with up to 3 tons of force. PC Pro recently had one dropped off for testing, and they were kind enough to shoot a short video of the slow, agonizing carnage.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say the drive is left completely unreadable, I’m sure there are some data recovery facilities who could probably still pull a file or two off of it. But for the average office the damage it does is adequately fatal. I particularly like the ominous green light that comes on, the terrible cracking sounds and the fact that the now deceased drive is unceremoniously dropped into a bin below, like Sweeney Todd’s victims. At almost $3,300 (£1,995) it’s not the cheapest way to destroy a drive, but at the least there’s some perverse satisfaction to watching it do its thing.

[ IDEAL 0101 HDP ] VIA [ PC Pro ]