30 Cool Gadgets and Concepts

As you will continue to read this blog, you will quickly learn that I love my gadgets, and today’s post is no exception.  Here is a collection of some awesome gadgets and concepts I have found around the Internet.  You could say this is another wishlist, but despite not having the prices for some of the items on the list, the others come to approximate total of $46,500.00, so it is unlikely.  Hope you enjoy.  Would love to hear your thoughts on this list and any other gadgets and concepts you have discovered.

I’m Tech Watch (from 299.00€) Buy Here

As tough as titanium, as light as carbonium, i’m Tech is ready for action. You won’t feel its weightless company until you need it, which may happen very often. Music, messages, photos, video and all the most useful apps are always at tip of your finger. Keep on moving, i’m Watch will keep track of what you call for.

Transparent Speakers by PeoplePeople (price unknown) Buy Here

The transparent design lets the speaker blend in to any living room out there. The size can be big enough to offer a good sound quality, yet the speaker takes little visible space. The box is transparent, but the sound creating components are clearly emphasized.

The speakers come with a small wifi antenna, that can plug in to any computer, music player or smart phone out there. It will also work for old stereos or vinyl equipment. The aim is to set the music free regardless where it’s stored.

Unit Portables Unit 01 Shoulder Bag ($110.00) Buy Here

Unit Portables fills both functional needs, as well as being really good looking. The Unit Portables System is based on a clever numerical system where each unit has its own number. A unit is by definition each bag, pouch or any other object within the Unit Portables brand.

Unit 01 is a durable and fashionable shoulder bag developed for 13″ or 15″ laptops. The shoulder bag is made of high quality materials and sports a minimal design.

Included with the bag are Unit 02 and 03 pouches for your phone, cables and accessories. Both Units are attachable to the inside or outside of the bag, which creates a versatile system.

23″ x 14″

Color: Black

Material: Polyester

Xtrememac Tango Bar ($85.98 Amazon.com) Buy Here

Xtrememac’s Tango Bar speaker let’s you enjoy audio from your computer. The six speaker configuration delivers a powerful sound.

This speaker is perfect for the iMac fans amongst us, it fits perfectly under the screen.

It is USB Powered and can be used with either PC or Mac.

Only available for delivery within the US.

BlueLounge Bonobo Series : Padded and Protective Gear for Laptops, iPads and More (price unknown) Website


Backpack

A versatile backpack to protect your laptop, ipad and other stuff while commuting in style. Made of 100% durable recycled P.E.T Fits up to 17″ Macbook Pro

Messenger Bag
A messenger style bag for your transit, commute or journey with a tight fit that takes a load off your shoulder. Fits up to 17″ Macbook Pro.

Laptop Tote
Carry your laptop and daily gear fashionably with your laptop in it’s own special compartment and enough space for all your other gear. Fits 13″, 15″ & 17″ Macbook Pro.

Laptop / iPad Sleeve
A well appointed sleeve to carry your macbook Pro or iPad in style with quickmagnetic closure and quick release buckle for easy access. Made of 100% recycled P.E.T for 13″ 15″ & 17″ Macbook Pro and iPad.

U-Board: Multifunction Board with built-in 3 Port USB Hub and 1 Cup Holder (US Only) ($56.96 Amazon) Buy Here

UBoard Multifunction Board is a tempered glass table that covers the keyboard and makes extra space to organize your work desk efficiently. Uboard device comes with 3 USB ports, an iPhone holder and a cup holder.

This item is only available to purchased within the US.

ZEMGear Minimal Footwear (Barefoot Shoes) (from £24.95 Tilley UK Store) Buy Here

ZEMs allow your feet to do what they were designed to do best in their natural, barefoot state. While wearing ZEM’s you can spread, flex and articulate all parts of your foot. ZEMgear’s footwear is ideal for all barefoot activities where surfaces might pose a challenge.

ZEM Originals provide much needed protection from water related activities, yoga or running on the beach and many more barefoot activities. ZEM also address the sanitary concerns posed by public surfaces in Spas, Yoga or Pilates studios.

These amazing shoes come in a variety of colors to choose from.  I have actually purchased the ZEMgear Original Playa Low Round Toe for my vacation in February, and can’t wait to try them out.  I will be doing a full review of these when I have had a chance to try them out, in the mean time why don’t you check out the company’s website for more information on the different styles.

Diavel AMG Special Edition ($26,500.00) Website

Duacti in collaboration with Mercedes-AMG have designed this amazing version of Diavel called the AMG Special Edition. Diavel already was a super bike but now it will be presented with more exclusive parts with AMG technology. Powered by a 1200cc 162hp engine this special edition will be available for sale in 2011.

Ascending Retreat (Concept by Thiemo Hildebrandt) Website

An initially concealed space beneath the staircase reveals partitioned room to retreat.

By purchasing three levels upwards, underneath and next to the normal stairway the user is
offered a place with a wide range of actions due to one’s own imagination. From sitting, napping,
awaking, reaching, discovering and finding to even hiding or simply resting.

Bora Bora TV Bathtub (by Atesia $5,847.60) Buy Here

A bathtub filled with inviting hot water at the end of a hard day at work, is a welcome sight to say the least.  How about a bathtub that includes a 15″ LCD television set, along with powerful jets for a full body massage, including four back massage jets.  The bathtub also includes an FM Radio and an external CD Player.

One of the things that makes this tub a unique piece of creativity is the underwater lighting system that provides that Spa like experience and can be controlled by the LCD TV.

Aged Retro – Modern Leather Wallet and iPhone / iPod Touch Holder ($99.00) by etsy – Buy Here

This AGED leather wallet from our RETRO-MODERN collection is specially distressed by hand using the secret set of processes developed by PORTEL. Each wallet is distressed separately by hand and has a slightly different texture then the one showing on the picture.

You don’t have to use the wallet for 5 years in order to have the similar look. We have done it for You!

Fits all iPhone models.

Color: AGED DARK BROWN

Minimal Sport Display Racks (from $12.00) by baby&child Restoration Hardware – Buy Here

Designed to show off souvenirs from favorite teams or commemorate glorious moments on the field or court, this novel rack comes in three specialized sizes.

  • Sturdily built of thick iron wire
  • Matching metal mounting plate attaches directly to wall with included hardware
  • Mounting plate measures 2½” sq.; extends 2″ from the wall
  • Powdercoated finish in oil-rubbed bronze
  • Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Catalog and Web only

Iomega Mac USB 2.0 Companion External Hard Drive 35130 (Black/Silver) by Iomega

2 Terabytes $289.99 Buy Here
3 Terabytes $399.95) – Buy Here

The Iomega® Mac Companion Hard Drive adds stylish storage for your Mac® computer and includes two fast FireWire® 800 interfaces, a USB® 2.0 hub, a FireWire 400 to 800 cable, plus a charging/syncing port. Connectivity makes this drive the perfect companion for your Mac.

Available in two flavors 2 Terabytes and 3 Terabytes capacities.

The space saving design stacks on the iMac base or under your Mac monitor. The drive is HFS+ formatted for ease of use right out of the box. For the ultimate in convenience, a USB port (2.1 amp) is included on the side of the drive to charge/sync your iPad, iPod or iPhone device! (Apple products sold separately) Plus, a handy capacity gauge on the front of the drive keeps you informed of how much room you have to store data.

Elia 3 Drawer Nightstand with Power Dock by C F Oakton ($499.00) – Buy Here

The Elia 3 Drawer Nightstand with Power Dock by C F Oakton is gracefully crafted with hardwood solids and American black walnut veneer, and mingles a natural and dark two-tone finish. Add to this beautifully inlaid reverse diamond match veneers and distinctive cutout drawer handles, and what you’ll find in the Elia is an aesthetic appeal that’s calmly irresistible. Use the power dock to clear the gadget mess from the top of your nightstand. Store charging phones, tablets, and other accessories inside your nightstand to keep them from getting damage.

Nest Thermostat that Learns ($249.00) – Buy Here

Nest is a smart thermostat that can learn and adjust temperature automatically. Its display screen shows real-time changes in atmosphere based on your routine preferences. This small and cute thermostat can automatically adjust heating temperature or by using smartphone with a WiFi connection.

The Nest is current unavailable until 2012.  I think this amazing piece of kit was that popular it sold out immediately when it was released earlier this year.

Funny Suitcase Stickers ($25.00 or $55.00 for 3) by TheCheeky.com – Buy Here

Take a stand against monotonous travel with Suitcase Stickers. Designed to stick to anything, they will draw attention to your bag making it easily identifiable and sure to make you some new friends.

Caution: Some of these stickers may cause offense to airport and immigration staff. 

Sizes 26 x 33 cm


Seabob Cayago Magnum Limited Edition Underwater Craft (from 7,485.00€) by Cayago – Buy Here

If you are a fan of diving deep then Seabob Cayago Magnum is the exactly you need. The Seabob Cayago Magnum is propelled by Seabobs patented electric jet stream system that are controllable by simple press sensor button. The cockpit of has a LCD display panel, which shows the technical details such battery life, speed, temperature of water and depth of your dive.
Limited to only 100 units.

Cool Bedroom Design by Nueva Linea (price unknown) – Website

Simple but cool Tatami Atmósfera Bed by Nueva Línea specially designed for young guys.

Ctrl-Alt-Del Coffee Mugs ($11.99) by ThinkGeek – Buy Here

Three finger salute to coffee breaks!

Let’s look at your computer’s lifecycle. When your Windows computer is being a bit slow, when its memory is fragmented, when the threads of its normal execution become so tangled that it’s no longer considered useful, the one thing that will refresh it fully is the troika of buttons “Ctrl – Alt – Del.” Hitting those three buttons are designed to interrupt the computers processes, clearing out the memory, and recycling the system power.

Now, let’s look at your lifecycle. Mid-afternoons are the doldrums of your day. You’re less productive. You’re tired, your thoughts are fragmented, your productivity suffers. The one thing that refreshes you is the coffee break.

Until now, there wasn’t a clever way to combine both kinds of refreshment with style. Now you can enjoy your personal mental refresh using a coffee-cup set made to look like the keys you use to refresh your computer. This set of plastic cups look like giant black Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys. Pressing them won’t really do much, however. You have to invert them, fill them with your favorite refreshing beverage (hot or cold).

When you’re done, wash them, and set them back into the stylized circuit-board like tray. They’ll be ready and waiting for you when you need another break.

Features

  • Set of three cups
  • Black exterior with white interior
  • Sturdy plastic, dishwasher safe
  • Circuit-board etched tray for display
  • Suitable for hot or cold drinks
  • Set is 10.5 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 2 3/4 inches tall
  • Each cup holds 8 ounces

Sensu Brush – A true painting experience on your iPad (from $34.95 – available 2012) by Artist Hardware – Website

The Sensu Brush is a two-in-one brush + stylus for iPad and iPhone. It is designed to completely fulfil the needs of your artistic talent. The Sensu Brush works with other capacitive screens too. Its smoothness gives the perfect results so that the user will never feel any difference in real brush and Sensu. When closed, the Sensu brush reveals a useful rubber stylus tip.

The company Artist Hardware is currently seeking backers from KickStarter to get the brush manufactured.  I know I will be looking at getting one of these when they are released.

Vespa-Seat Limited Edition (price unknown) – by Bel&Bel – Website

For the motorcycle enthusiasts amongst us and most inspired of those that would dream of owning a classic Vespa… well now you can… or at least an office chair inspired by the Vespa, with genuine parts:

The Vespa Seat is made from original pieces of the legendary Piaggio Scooter. From the front it has a unique and original model of a rotating chair.

The chair presents a strong internal structure and a hydraulic piston for height regulation. It is a really comfortable and ergonomic chair leather upholstered. The traditional character of the piece combined with modern lines makes it a unique product and a sample of the most Avant-garde Art design.

The piece also means an extra emotional charge for all Vespa lovers.

Apple iHub (from $6.00) – Buy Here

With the growing array and proliferation of iOS gadgets Apple fans own, finding a free USB port to sync is sometimes anything but piece of cake. This is especially true if you keep other USB peripherals connected to your computer all the time, the stuff like printers, external hard drives, USB flash drives and what not. The iHub from MIC Gadget solves this problem efficiently and in a tiny package while looking utterly cool.

With it’s glowing Apple logo it is likely that this product will not last long in the marketplace, this is sure to attract attention to Apple and it will be removed.  So grab one while you can.

iHdd 2 Slim External Hard Drive Enclosure (from $24.99) by iHdd – Buy Here

Probably another device that is likely to attract unwanted attention from Apple lawyers.  But these Apple inspired Hard Drive enclosures are certainly cool, and are on my wishlist.  Available in Black and in White.

You can install any 2.5″ SATA hard drive of any capacity into this enclosure and enjoy the portability of extra storage space on your personal computer anywhere. The install is simple and easy to assemble. The enclosure is USB powered so there is no need for an extra power supply. One wire and your ready to enjoy your music, photos, and movies anywhere.

  • High speed USB 1.1 / 2.0 hard drive enclosure
  • Supports 2.5″ laptop size SATA/2 hard drives
  • Newly designed with a clean look to match your machines, metal style sides.
  • Slim and small, designed to match your Mac’s
  • Simple installation, no screws no tools!

Yamaha Classified Moto XV920 (concept) by Classified Moto – Website

Classified Moto took a rather well-kept 1982 XV920R and with much pain and suffering, performed not only their signature sportbike front end swap, but the rear as well — both off a very late model Yamaha (YZF R6-R front and R6-S rear). Maxum Machine fabbed up a custom front sprocket/spacer to cope with the increased offset of the rear sprocket and wheel, now sporting a big fat 180mm tire. They stripped off many pounds of 1980’s-style funk from the nerdy looking cruiser, keeping it to a noticeably trim fighting weight.

Empty Memory Stick by Logical Art (from $48.00) – Buy Here

USB memory drives by Logical Art are the first creation of Hanhsi Yookyung Chen and Shin, two graduates of Royal College of Art.

These 4 GB USB flash drives are made of stainless steel and acrylic giving the illusion of empty space ready to fill the data inside.

Honda CBR 1000F Custom – Website

You’d be hard pressed to guess that this bike started life as a 1987 Honda Hurricane, known less evocatively as the CBR 1000F. This amazing machine took Ian McElroy two years to build, and if you spot a little of the KTM RC8 in there, you’re right—the Austrian superbike was one of the inspirations for McElroy’s stealth-fighter angles and curves.

The fenders are hand-crafted from aluminum, and a new subframe reshaped the back end. The bodywork is formed from sheets of aluminum meticulously welded together, and the original gauges have been replaced by a Veypor setup that can also record G-force, 0-60, quarter mile time and lap time as well as speed and RPM.

With 130 bhp on tap, the DOHC, 998cc, 16 valve four is not short of go—but K&N filters and a custom-made, less restrictive exhaust system have given the motor an extra kick. And there’s nothing stealth about the sound: McElroy’s Honda reportedly sounds like a drag bike at the strip.

Bluelounge MiniDock ($19.95) – Buy Here

Bluelounge presents another polished yet efficient solution for use with iPhone or iPod. Continuously inspired to create simplicity in every day tasks, we introduce MiniDock.

The MiniDock is designed to take your iPhone off the floor or counter top and gently rests vertically against a wall socket as your device charges. Intended for use with your existing Apple USB Power Adapter, your iPhone or iPod can now plug directly into an electrical outlet. Now your device can safely charge inconspicuously, while being held vertically, without becoming obtrusive to your environment.

The MiniDock creates space by taking your device directly to the wall socket while keeping your surfaces free of clutter. Make the most of your phone in any room. MiniDock is also ideal for travel. No USB cord needed. Easy to use, small and inspired!

Wacom InklingWacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen (MDP123) (est. $199.00) – Buy Here

From the Manufacturer
The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work as you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, the Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process. Later on, refine your work on your computer using an Intuos4 tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display. In addition to recording your sketch, stroke by stroke, Inkling allows you to create layers in digital files while you sketch on paper. The digital files are transferred to your computer using the Inkling Sketch Manager software, and later exported to applications such as Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator® or Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro.

Sketching with InklingThe ballpoint pen uses Wacom pressure-sensing technology to detect how hard the pen is being pressed onto the paper while sketching, and these ballpoint pen pressure variations then appear in the digital version of your drawing. The receiver can be clipped to the edge of any standard paper or sketchbook, and the position can be adjusted for left or right handed users to provide the receiver with an uninterrupted line of sight with the pen tip. When sketching is complete, the receiver is connected to your computer via USB, to transfer the digital files of your sketches. Files are then opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software, which manages layers or changes file formats before transferring the sketches into other creative software applications for further editing or refinements. Inkling can store thousands of sketches and can export layered files from the Sketch Manager software directly to Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator® (CS3 or newer), as well as Autodesk® Sketchbook® Pro (2011 or newer). The pen and receiver both store and recharge in a compact case making it easy to transport the Inkling between home, office, meeting room or any typical workspace.

iTattoo iPhone 4 Snap Case (from $41.00) – Buy Here

iTattoo is a brand new iPhone case with a unique graphic design concept. When the case is used with the iPhone 4, the illustration on the iTattoo complements the shape of the “apple” mark and makes a complete new graphic. The case attaches easily and securely, providing device coverage, scratch protection, and direct access to all iPhone 4 feature. It’s an ideal choice when you want a lightweight, minimal case. It is simply so unbelievably cool!

BMW Ghost Concept

Innovative in terms of chassis design, a small spotlight on the beautiful concept of “BMW Ghost”, an interesting study of style around a concept sports motorcycle.

Designed by designer Marko Petrovic this bike is powered by a 6 cylinder 1600 cc engine. Relatively finalized in terms of style and rather well thought out technically.

Discover all the details of the prototype in the images below.

Gear4 UnityRemote Universal Remote Control for iPod, iPhone or iPad ($99.00) by Gear4 – Buy Here

Control all of your home entertainment devices from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with UnityRemote. Designed to be the easiest universal remote you’ve ever used, UnityRemote controls virtually any electronic device with your Apple device’s touchscreen. You can adjust the volume, switch channels, or any other remote function with the swipe of a finger. Additionally, customizable Actions let you control multiple devices simultaneously. Easy to set up and completely wireless, UnityRemote makes all other remotes obsolete.

UnityRemote consists of two parts. The first is an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple AppStore. The second part is a small and sleek device that receives Bluetooth and transmits and receives infrared signals. iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads cannot currently send infrared signals, so this clever device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device, and then sends an infrared command via five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.

The transmitter/receiver is small and discreet, and is powered by AA batteries, with no need for a power outlet. You can place it anywhere in the room, wherever it’s most convenient.

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4 thoughts on “30 Cool Gadgets and Concepts”

    1. Hello Kay aka Babygirl, You and me both… certainly would need to win the lottery to afford each and every one of these, and thank you, I am glad you liked the post.

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