Here are this week’s seven cool gadgets. Did you see last week’s edition?
The new Mac Pro
Apple released an updated Mac Pro recently. The specs make it the most powerful Mac Pro ever — possibly the best desktop on the market — while the Apple design cinches the deal. It uses the new Intel Nehalem series quad-core processors. You can put two quad-core chips in the Mac Pro, each capable of speeds at up to 2.93GHz, and that gives you eight processors in all. It’ll take up to 32GB of RAM, and it comes with two fast graphics cards that each have a built-in Mini DisplayPort connector. There are finally more connectors on the front panel, which is something users have wanted for a long time.
Images used courtesy of Apple.
Toshiba has released a touchscreen smartphone that is thinner than the iPhone, has a larger display, more memory, usable Bluetooth (not just for headsets) and a better camera. The specs are as follows:
- 4.1 inch WVGA display (800 x 480 pixels)
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- GSM and 3G HSDPA
- GPS and A-GPS
- 1GHz mobile CPU
- 512 MB RAM
- Up to 32 GB of storage space via microSDHC card
Interestingly enough, the device uses Windows Mobile 6.1. I’d like to know how it stacks up with the iPhone in terms of ease of use and reliability. From my experience, previous versions of Windows Mobile were terrible, slow, and prone to crash or lock up. Perhaps Microsoft have managed to improve the OS — we’ll see.
It’s a multi-purpose sofa designed for laptop users. The armrests fold inward and turn into laptop shelves, while the back rests can be folded and configured to face the same way, in the traditional sofa configuration, or in opposite directions, like a love seat. The back rests can even be folded down, turning the sofa into a coffee table. There’s storage space underneath the seats as well.
[via The Design Blog]
Ecobank: desk, table and lectern
Another wonderfully designed multi-purpose furniture piece comes from Germany and was made by Marius Goetze. It can be turned over and used as a desk and chair piece, like the kind found in classrooms, or as a standalone table, or even as a lectern.
[via The Design Blog]
Self-explanatory design: this lamp includes a built-in book shelf, eliminating clutter.
Another clever bookshelf design. This one mounts on the wall and resembles a bird’s nest. Instead of using a booksign, you place the book you’re reading upside down on its top. You can store more books in its base.
A Flash app from ZeFrank that lets you draw on the screen using your voice to move the brush. Change the pitch of your voice to change the direction of the brush.
[via Look At This]