iSketchnote: Digital Doodles

Who hasn’t doodled a Michaelangeloesque creation in science class? But then that masterpiece is forever bound to your science notebook and man, no one wants to keep that thing around. The iSketchnote ($119) is an iPad cover that lets you digitize your notes and sketches in real-time with the added value of a hard copy for your files. Thanks to some fancy sensors and technology we can’t begin to comprehend, you simply draw on a piece of paper on top of the pad and whatever your write instantly appears on-screen.

MANOTECA Dining and Desk Table: Shut The Front Door/Desk/Table

When vikings pillage and plunder their way through suburban gated communities, they steal a lot of  stuff; but they always leave behind the front door (too heavy). MANOTECA noticed this wasteful trend and has ingeniously turned this type of reclaimed wood into a combination desk/dining table. Close it up and it sits 8 for gruel; prop it open and it’s a badass desk with pockets to hold everything from wench panties to Adrian Peterson’s rookie card. Now that’s a Viking.

StormFly: Your OS FTW

StormFly says “it’s like having a PC on your wrist,” but it’s also like having your OS there too. This subtle rubber wristband functions as a super-fast storage device with an Open Source Operating System that’s bootable in most modern PCs and Macs. That means when you’re visiting Uncle Ned, you won’t need to crawl through your email on his 1998 Compaq; just plug in StormFly and you’ll have your OS and critical data ready to go. It also comes with an automatic backup service. Speaking of backup service, how’s Ned’s IBS doing?

Disappointments Diary 2013

I’m a true pessimist. To me, the glass isn’t half-empty, it’s half-empty and half-filled with polluted air. So imagine my excitement when I saw the Disappointments Diary 2013, a weekly planner loaded with a multitude of mood-sinking milestones. You’ll stay updated on notable deaths, demotivational proverbs, contact pages for People Who Never Call and People You Owe Money, and Pages Unintentionally Left Blank. Be sure to write your entries in Bummer Black.

Zerocaster Office Chair Racing Wheels

It’s a very strange thing to sit on a chair, in one motionless spot, all day long. After a series of hours, the body desires to ambulate, to move, to bolt across a room haphazardly. The Zerocaster Office Chair Racing Wheels ($26) help to do just that, satisfying that absurd moment in human nature when the office chair needs to become a runaway train. The hubless design of the ZC070 promotes a smoother, stronger, and quieter type of roll on any carpet, wood, or if you’re feeling really crazy, jagged concrete surface. The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle no longer just include diabetes.

Invisible Bookend by Paul Cocksedge

This is great. Not only is this product, the Invisible Bookend (50 euros), an awesome piece of furniture magic, but the mystery is amped up further by designer Paul Cocksedge’s mums-the-word approach to what it is he’s actually selling! What we know: the Invisible Bookend is a freestanding object made of metal. What we don’t know: anything else. How does it work? Does Regis Philbin own one? What time is it? Cocksedge provides answers to none of these questions, and we love him for it.

Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus

Say what you want about the future of pens–as long as it’s “I really don’t think much about the future of pens.” Because let’s face it, you don’t. No one does. But this Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus ($65) is the kinda pen that makes you reconsider writing off the ol’ ink and ballpoint technique. Made completely from TA4 titanium, the unique tension spring allows it to work with refills from pretty much any other pen. The built-in clip keeps it pinned to your bag or ear, and that’s good because pens, like Dippin Dots, are an integral part of our future.

Tick: Universal Table Legs

Are you a leg man? When it comes to tables, you kinda have to be. Tick is a universal table leg system by German startup Linie 58, and it asks that you BYOB (bring your own board) to fit in between the standout stems. Instead of using screws, Tick puts a paper clip-like squeeze on the table surface, whether it’s wood, formica, or the more traditional platypus bills.