Gadget Monday – March 9, 2009

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.

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Images used courtesy of Apple.

Toshiba TG01

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
  • Bluetooth
  • GSM and 3G HSDPA
  • WiFi
  • 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.

Toshiba TG01 - 1

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Toshiba TG01 - 4

[via LikeCool]

Calypso Chair

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.

Calypso Chair - 2

Calypso Chair - 1

Calypso Chair - 3

[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.

Ecobank - 1

Ecobank - 2

Ecobank - 3

Ecobank - 4

[via The Design Blog]

Bookshelf Lamp

Self-explanatory design: this lamp includes a built-in book shelf, eliminating clutter.

Book Shelf Lamp

[via LikeCool and Get Organized!]

Reader’s Nest

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.

Reader's Nest

[via LikeCool and Wis Design]

Voice Draw

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.

Voice Draw

[via Look At This]


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