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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 ]

Porsche Design Mouse And Mousepad

Porsche Design Mouse And Mousepad (Image courtesy Porsche)
By Andrew Liszewski

Can’t afford a Porsche for your daily drive to work? There are still plenty of ways to impress your co-workers. And just because these PC accessories from Porsche Design won’t post a great lap time at the Nürburgring (much to Captain Slow’s delight) it doesn’t mean the person sharing your cubicle won’t eye your desk with envy.

Available from their online store, the Porsche 911-inspired mouse features the company’s logo printed on the rear as well as an aluminum scroll wheel, 2,000 dpi optical sensor and a 2.4 GHz wireless USB dongle. So it can certainly be used on any surface, but would probably feel most at home on the matching Porsche crest mousepad made of the same leather used in the vehicles’ interiors. Complete with an embossed logo at the top. Sold separately they each run ~$82 (£50) which is a little steep for a piece of leather, but not outrageously expensive for a mouse oddly enough.

[ Porsche Design Mouse And Mousepad ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Eraser Pencil Eliminates Wasted Wood

Eraser Pencil (Images courtesy Deuk Young Lee)
By Andrew Liszewski

While incredibly simple but highly usable, there are still two big issues I have with wooden pencils. 1) The wood basically does nothing more than make holding and writing with a thin piece of graphite easier. And it’s basically wasted every time the pencil is sharpened. 2) The eraser on the end is never big enough to accomodate my constant mistakes.

So I’m 100% behind Deuk Young Lee’s concept of making a pencil out of rubber eraser material instead. It can still be sharpened like a traditional wooden pencil, using the same office gear, but ends up being more comfortable and easier to hold thanks to the softer material. And there’s plenty of eraser for correcting your mistakes. Admittedly the delete key tends to fill the eraser’s role in my life these days, but as long as grade school kids still have to learn penmanship, I think this design has some merit.

[ designboom – deuk young lee: eraser pencil ]

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 ]