This is the beginning of what could be a new feature on my site: a (more or less) weekly list of interesting gadgets, selected based on their design and usefulness. I call it Gadget Monday. It’s not exactly an original name — a quick Google search reveals it to be used in plenty of other places — but it’ll do.
Der Bergmönch Folding Bike in a Bag
Made in Switzerland, this amazing mountain bike folds completely into its own backpack and can be carried up the mountain on your back, then ridden downhill. It’s lightweight yet very sturdy, and features, among other quality parts, hydraulic disc brakes. The whole bike weighs 9.5kg, or about 20 lbs.
Freeride Photographer Backpack
I’m a photographer, and I used to ski quite a bit in my childhood, so this is right up my alley. It has two compartments: one for regular items, and one pull-out compartment for a DSLR. The weight distribution is just right for the frequent twists and turns involved in skiing. From the looks of it, it will probably only fit a medium-sized DSLR like the Canon 5D and a medium zoom lens like the EF 24-105mm f/4L, but that’s good enough for me.
Danger Bomb Clock
It’s probably not a good idea to carry this clock with you while traveling, but it’s fun to have it around the house. The alarm sound is a ticking bomb. To disable it, you have to disconnect the cable whose color matches the flashing light, which can be red, blue or yellow.
Wooden Laptop Case by Rainer Spehl
This looks like a sturdy place to store my MacBook Pro! It’s made of solid wood, and has a magnetic latch to keep it closed. There’s a smaller size for the regular MacBooks as well. I only hope it’s lined with some felt, so my laptop won’t get scratched as it slides in and out.
Prime Gaming Laptop
This laptop, designed by Kyle Cherry, has two collapsible side screens, in addition to its main 13″ screen. When fully opened, the aspect ratio is 32:10, and the screen’s diagonal size goes from 13″ to 26″. It’s a boon for watching movies or playing games, as you can see from the photos below. I love how the side screens slide over the main body of the laptop, allowing its owner to carry it easily.
The Porsche design team have come up with this wonderful sled design. The skeleton is made of aluminum, the seat is imitation leather, and the runners are stainless steel. It even comes with its own carrying bag.
Tibetan stick seat by Ashish Chaudhary
This is a seat made of three elements: two oval wooden clasps which hold a stack of loose sticks. The design is organic, rustic and futuristic at the same time. While it may not be comfortable by itself, I’m sure it’ll be just fine if you spread a fur or some thick wool comforter over it.