I have a tendency to prefer my sound systems to be heard, not seen. After all, isn’t it all about the audio? But I recently came across a speaker line that even the most ardent of design snobs would be proud to put in their living rooms.
I don’t usually get too excited over the prospects of owning a new calculator, but sometimes industrial design just reaches out and speaks to me. Such is the case with designer Theo Williams’ new Jet Calculator from LEXON.
This modern twist on the classic pedometer doesn’t just track your steps, it lets you keep tabs on the quality of the exercise you get during your day-to-day life.
Unlike meters that just count your steps, the Seiko SlimStick uses modern dual-axis accelerometers to track the magnitude of your movements, giving greater value to more intensive exercise.
Almost a year ago a RedPost made news with their hackable Linux picture frame, the RedPost/Kit. Today, the guys at RedPost announced Kit’s better, faster, stronger kid brother, the Signbeta.
While it certainly can be used as a digital picture frame, RedPost’s real mission is to replace wasteful paper-covedred bulletin boards with an electronic version.
Looking for some compact speakers that don’t look like all the others? Then check out this funky aluminum audio system from Gais.
The Gais Lisire Series 020 is a complete 2.1 channel sound system featuring distinct cylindrical styling.
Alienware is showing off their latest high-end server, designed for use in home theaters and media rooms. The system contains everything you need for controlling your digital media in one slick aluminum box.
The Alienware HD Media Server (HDMS) comes in a dramatic brushed aluminum, rack-mountable enclosure, and provides a powerful HTPC under the hood.
These minimal lighting fixtures actually are designed to be shipped flat, like a postcard. Each lamp is actually a laser-cut sheet of aluminum with an embedded LED illumination source and powered by a single button battery.
After much speculation and hype, Apple today announced their new ultra-slim laptop, the MacBook Air. Measuring just 0.16″ to 0.76″ thick (when closed), the 3-pound machine is touted as the “world’s thinnest laptop”.
The new MacBook Air features a striking aluminum case design, and is skinny enough to fit inside of a standard manilla envelope.
I don’t know why, but I really can’t resist anything with those fun-loving Space Invaders on them. Case in point, these new water bottles featuring those classic arcade critters. I’m really not sure what the connection is between space aliens and bottled H20, but what was the last time Japanese video game schwag made much sense?
You’re sure to intimidate your gaming opponents when you walk in to the room carrying this aluminum briefcase. Looking like something out of an episode of 24 or Mission Impossible, this mini-briefcase lets you carry your Wii controller in secret agent style.
Let me start by saying this — the glorious ISIS puzzle was designed with one mission in mind — to be the most difficult puzzle ever made. Handmade in England using aluminum alloy, the puzzle not only is insanely challenging, it looks really, really cool sitting on your table.
At almost 5.5-feet tall, you certainly won’t miss these giant speakers in your living room. The Ferguson Hill FH001 loudspeakers feature a huge acrylic horn balanced on a delicate aluminum base.
The speakers’ massive horn design allows them to crank out plenty of volume with as little as 5-watts of power driving them.
The talented case-modders over at Computer Choppers have put their amazing Digg custom computer up for sale on eBay. The system is a glorious tribute to the popular social news website.
In addition to the over-the-top case design, the system is loaded up with a goodly amount of high-end components, including:
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU w/ Asus Silent Square HSF
Asus P5B-Deluxe Motherboard
3GB DDR2 Memory (2GB Gskill HZ DDR2-800 & 1GB (512×2) Kingston HyperX DDR2-1066)
3x500GB Western Digital WD5000YS Hard Drives
BFG 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum
18x Sata DVDRW w/ lightscribe
Hiper 580watt Power Supply
Noritake 3900 512×32 VFD
PCI fan controller & LPT port
It even includes a matching, custom painted 20-inch LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, and slick aluminum mouse pads to round out the system.
If you haven’t yet managed to snag one of Apple’s latest aluminum and glass iMacs, there’s now a way to give your older iMac a healthy dose of metal in its otherwise plastic diet.
These covers from ChroMac wrap around the outside of your white plastic iMac, giving it a dramatic new look.
On very rare occasion, I’ll see something that truly knocks me off my feet. That time is now. The Troja Arc Lamp is simply awe inspiring.
Designed by Germany’s hansandfranz studio, the lamp features a sweeping arc that emits a warm halo of light around its subject.
If you’re looking for some deluxe speakers to complement your shmancy crystal radio, look no further than these noisemakers from ELAC.
Their new 240 series speakers feature drivers that look like crystal. They’re made from aluminum covered with a angled crystalline surface that mimics the look of a cut precious gem.