A few of the coolest gadgets for this week.
1) Tech Safe iPad 2 Security Lock
I love this thing because I am one of those people who have been subject to the theft of a gadget. These gadgets have become such a massive part of our lives that we are willing to take great lengths to protect them. After I had my Apple Mac book taken from the front counter at my store and almost got run over by the thief’s car trying to reclaim it, I am very interested in this sort of protection, especially on such a coveted item as the iPad. By anchoring this cool lock to one end then locking your iPad to the other creates peace of mind if you happen to get talking to someone and forget about it momentarily. I know, I know, these devices are not human, but they are important and expensive. I DO NOT want to have to go through insurance again to get a sub par replacement like I did before.
2) USB Tulip Hub
I love this idea. Make a very necessary item for your workstation a pretty device. I don’t know about you, but I am always pulling out cords from my iMac because I do not have enough ports, so the idea of this to help with a few extra ports is perfect. Cute and helpful. Available at Fred Flare.
3) Sennheiser Ecovinyl Turntables and Headphones by Matthew Lim
Sennheiser needs good designers like Lim. Technology is all about youth and appealing to them is the best investment they can make. They ought to produce this, even in a small run to show it’s demand. Loads of DJ would use this if it worked properly.
Lim developed the concept at the Art Center College of Design. “I took note that Sennheiser has made moves to make their company more sustainable by introducing fully recyclable packaging,” he tells Co.Design. “The next step is to make the product itself more environment-friendly.” He chose high-density fiberboard, which is often used for audio-system closure boxes because of its ability to carry sound reverb; cork for the turntable and earphone headband; and aluminum, which he CNC’d to produce a durable body. Lim capped the target price at $350.
One could certainly buy a used turntable on eBay for less and earn even more green cred, but, as Lim points out, you might still have to purchase extra hardware (an amplifier, EQ adjustment, etc.) to get it up to speed. The Eco-Vinyl, on the other hand, comes in a ready-to-go set. Plus, Lim argues, its carbon footprint is minimal, with 45% fiberboard (which is recyclable and biodegradable) and a metal body that can be easily removed with an Allen wrench and recycled.