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Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

 This BlueTooth Laser Virtual Keyboard, a laser projection keyboard, allows you to type on any flat surface. You can use it to compose an e-mail on your Bluetooth enabled PDA or Mobile Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach the typing speed of a standard keyboard. Price: $150.

Toast Messenger

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

Toast Messenger incorporates a little message board where one can write quick notes and then instantly print them on the toaster. Simple, yet innovative.

Sony’s Apple Remote Control

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

Is there any place for innovation when it comes to the design of remote controls? Apparently, there is. This Sony’s”apple” allows users to perform basic functions like changing channels, volume etc. with simple motion gestures (see image below). Once “apples” are placed on the bowl, the remote control is being recharged. Neither price nor production dates are known.

Typographic Calender

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 8, 2008

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Typodarium brings daily typographic inspiration to creative types around the world. This is the first tear-off calendar showcasing 365 different fonts. Discover a new font everyday, learn the background behind its creation and several other interesting details. Fifty foundries and designers from all over the world -including Parachute®- were asked to contribute with their favorite fonts. The result is a surprising insight into the inexhaustible world of letters and numbers. The front page, which is classic and functional, shows the date, while the reverse side diplays the background info, designers and reference sources. Now, every day becomes a typography day and some calendar pages become a font shopping list. Typodarium was planned and designed by Magma -Lars Harmsen’s creative team- in collaboration with Berlin designer Raban Ruddigkeit and the well-known Mainz publishing company Hermann Schmidt. The calendar includes contributions from foundries such as 2Rebels, Canada Type, ds Type, Fontbureau, Fontfarm, Fontfont, Fountain, Magma Brand Design / VolcanoType, Mark Simonson, p22, Parachute, Type Together, Underware, URW++, Xplicit.

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Coin Lamp

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on November 24, 2008

Coin Lamp is the first product in a range based on the concept of values and reward, it subtly heightens awareness of consumption through design.

Turned on by a coin-operated switch, the lamp is set to predetermined time by an internal mechanism. 
Developed with the assistance of a NESTA training programme the final version of coin lamp will be available soon

Life Bank Counter

Spare change is something most people have in abundance, but the Japanese are clearly ahead of everyone else when it comes to keeping loose change. The Life Bank One device can actually be screwed onto most bottle tops, where dropping in coins (in the Japanese currency only unfortunately) will activate the counter, so you don’t need to play the “Guess the amount of coins inside” game. This is much better than other methods of storing money where you have to literally break the bank whenever it is full. The Life Bank One counter retails for a mere $8 and makes for a great gift idea.

Animal Indexes

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on November 24, 2008

Indexes by Hiroshi Sasagawa in the shape of animals. An innovative way to decorate your shelves by inserting them among books.