Who knew? Every once in a while I come across a kitchen item that completely baffles me. Usually it is some sort of Frankenstein creation that merges two common tasks into one unit. Another popular item to find, however, is an appliance that is dedicated to one task, and one task only. These devices are likely to be large and priced to attract would-be gift-givers, but ultimately they turn out to be mostly useless. But every now and again I stumble across something that just seems to arise out of a natural need.
I just spent the past week vacationing in a rural area of Hawaii, where I was surrounded by palm trees and dense tropical foliage. Now I'm back in my office, surrounded by plastic computer cases and peripherals, all atop a white laminate desk. It's bad enough that my vacation's over, but the sudden withdrawal of natural materials is really bringing me down.
Which is why the wooden Stiletto laptop stand spoke to me when I saw it on shopping blog Mighty Goods Wednesday morning. The unique stand is quite a bit more stylish than the usual plastic riser, … Read more
Bruce Wayne has more than enough money to throw down on an official Apple iPhone dock, but citizens like us might be looking for a cheaper solution. London-based designer Courenay Inchbald of Seskimo has come up with one that not only costs less than a gallon of gas ($4), but also manages to fit in your wallet too. Called the "BatRest," it's a piece of cut plastic that folds up like a picture frame to cradle your shiny new toy phone.
There are perhaps only a few places and times when really great ideas are born into existence. While doing the dishes, in the shower, perhaps at the beach while watching the waves endlessly cycle through their inspiring rhythms. Or maybe the truly good ones are saved for another activity surrounding a liquid: Drinking beer in a parking lot with some buddies. Which is exactly how Event Hog got its start.
The team at Event Hog brainstormed their line of BrandStands as a central gathering spot at entertainment events. The theory stemmed from a simple idea of creating a familiar environment--a … Read more
As we've witnessed more than a few times, some Cupertino loyalists just don't feel right unless they're comforted by a Mac at their side at all times. So for those times when it's not practical to lug around a desktop monitor, there's a stand for the iPhone and iPod Touch that can help them cope.
The strangely named "iClooly" from RockRidgeSound will turn either handheld device into a mini-lookalike of the iMac, especially when turned on its side for video viewing. It apparently has no speakers, however, so we're not sure how … Read more
Typically, when you can place your camera on a flat plane to take a shot, you probably can't angle your camera very easily. Here's where the Stand Pouch comes in handy.
The Stand Pouch is essentially a camera case with a tripod connector built into the front panel. But the connector can be tilted to different angles like a three-legged stand.
According to the demonstration video on its Web site, you just have to flip the connector out and screw it into the camera's base. Instant tripod.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Thanko may be known to many as the company that comes with the weirdest contraptions from time to time, but its latest "Electric Up and Down Big TV Stand" may just be its most interesting product yet.
As the awkward name suggests, it's basically a TV stand with a built-in motor to raise and lower large displays. Apparently designed with Wii gamers in mind, the electric TV stand can be conveniently raised by more than 4 feet using a remote control, making it possible to play games more comfortably at eye level. It is rated to lift … Read more
What better way to put your iPod Touch on a pedestal than an actual pedestal?
That's what Bird-Electron has created with its EZ-18 speaker stand made of black steel, which gives it kind of a futuristic Vader-esque look. The stand includes a built-in 60mm speaker, though sound quality will undoubtedly be sacrificed for the sake of wireless portability.
In fact, it may not look very portable, but that may be a tradeoff because it's designed to be "durable and hard to tip over." And never fear: Uncrate says the stand has silicone padding to keep its … Read more
If all-in-one PCs and TVs are the way of the future, their stands may be following suit. Cabinet racks with integrated speakers have become almost standard fare from the likes of Sony, Yamaha, and Evesham. And now Sharp is throwing its hat into the ring too.
The Aquos Audio AN-ACD2 touts itself as a home theater built into a multimedia stand. The system features a 2.1-channel receiver and supposedly produces 150 watts of sound, according to Akihabara News.
Its $892 cost may seem a bit on the high side, but it could be a lot worse. Flatlift's "… Read more
Once you choose a laptop as your primary computer, you're likely to invest a fair amount of time figuring out your ideal setup for working at your desk. So after I published a roundup of our favorite laptop stands, I wasn't surprised that a number of readers wrote in with their own preferred methods for lifting their laptops.
First, Ryan wrote in to endorse the iLap from Rain Design (shown at left). "It has worked great with all my laptops for years," he said. He went on to explain that he liked the product's versatility: … Read more