Office life can be a tough life to live for some of us. We do everything we can to have our “little escapes” during the day. For some of us that is playing on the computer, others it is taking a walk, some like to chat with co-workers… I like to find and play with cool office tech items. Or cut up binders into mustaches. Whatever takes my mind of things.
Here are 19 gadgets that will help to turn that day job prison into a techy heaven!
A new take on an old office classic, the USB Newton’s Cradle from Boynq gracefully suspends 4 USB cables aloft like the classic Newton’s cradle, affording you great functionality in a slick form factor.
What fun would work be without a little procrastination? This foot pedal attaches to your Windows machine and sits on the floor while you play your games or browse around, carefully avoiding your work. If the boss walks into the room, simply stomp the pedal and it will hide your troublesome open windows! You can snag one now for $39.95.
A well rested employee is a productive employee. Either that or they’re just lazy! Either way, this portable sleeping cube dubbed the Nappak is sure to provide some peaceful office Z’s for those who need it. Hey, it works for Google!
Technological convergence can be a great thing. For those of you who require their caffeine fix, this little USB-powered hot plate is your newest best friend. While it won’t bring your cup o’ joe (or favorite tea) to a bubbling boil, it will keep it nice and warm around 104° F right next to your computer!
These were too funny not to include! Just slip these guys over your shoes and their sheer surfaces will reduce the friction enough to allow you to glide at blinding speed across your office carpet! Late for that 3 o’clock meeting on the other side of the floor? No problem any more! Note: Speed skating/ninja suit not included, though strange glances from your coworkers are something you’ll be sure to attract. (Of course, you’re productivity will probably skyrocket as well, so you’ll have the last laugh at your mid-year review!)
USB ports are a great thing and should be put to use! Maybe the beverage warmer above isn’t your, ahem, cup of tea. In that case, why not cool down with this USB Beverage Chiller. It’s guaranteed to keep your favorite drink at a nice, frosty 45° F.
After a long period if use, the standard office keyboard can become a pretty boring thing to look at. Well you can just get this guy and you will have the hottest keyboard in your office. Each key on this keyboard is actually and LCD screen and it allows you to customize each one to fit your preferences.
Maybe cleanliness isn’t your primary concern when it comes to picking a keyboard. But perhaps the office is a bit cramped? No worries, the myKey0 Keyboard comes with an added tray underneath for easy storage of all your desktop essentials.
An interesting concept for sure, the Babble Voice Privacy system is comprised of a base unit and two speakers which emit a prerecorded track and white noise, to cancel out your confidential conversations that the overeager ears of your coworkers wish to eavesdrop on.
You can never have too many USB ports, so why not stick them into what has become a staple (no pun intended) in nearly every office worldwide? The best part? Since your USB tape dispenser hub is tethered to your computer, it’s virtually guaranteed to never leave your desk!
This modular station has got some really great functionality built in. What happens is that the unit starts out as a big, draggable block on rollers. Lock it in place and unfold it to reveal space for two fully loaded workstations with plenty of storage space. Instant modular workstations – perfect!
This security system for your office or cubicle is equipped with a motion sensor. First it flashes and sounds a siren. Then it sends a signal to the second stage which is a louder alarm. The third stage is then triggered and it will fire two foam missiles at the intruder.
You’ll suddenly find yourself in Milton’s predicament as everyone drools over your stapler… and scissors, measuring tape, paper-clip holder and calculator that are all wrapped up in one handy multitool. If they only sold it in red…
Not everyone gets the glorious office in the corner with the big windows. Natural selection (or nepotism, depending on how you look at it) in the workplace will often mean that the higher-ups get the best view. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to do without. These Bright Blinds mimic the look of a well lit window and give your office that bright, gentle, diffuse glow. Now if they made these with full spectrum lighting, then you’d really be mimicking outdoor light!
If you’re going to spend hours on your kiester in front of a computer, you might as well be comfortable. Other office chairs require you to make adjustments every time you move. This chair adjusts for you. Each section of the chair is designed to adjust with your body to help you maintain good posture. Counterweights provide appropriate resistance to prevent back pain. Neat!
Your chair already has wheels, so why keep your feet stationary? This skateboard-looking device dubbed the “Webble,” from Yanko Design is described as the world’s first active footrest. This wheelie cushion is covered in a tough membrane and rolled on four casters for omni-directional turning. It’s currently available for $139.95.
Executives: consider this as your next corporate gift. Designed to be ordered in bulk, this group of seemingly innocuous cubes contains three highlighters and one USB flash drive. Capacities of up to 2 GB are available, making it perfect for carting around documents and other important files.
This USB powered humidifier generates cool, moisturized air to help you breathe easier at work. It also has an aromatherapy option which means you’ll have the best smelling space at work.