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X Marks The Spot – X Mark Mouse Slim

Canon's X Mark Mouse Slim - it's a wireless mouse, calculator and keypad!

White looks great with an apple keyboard, if you want to keep things...white.

By way of Designboom, Canon is now taking pre-orders for its X Mark Mouse Slim, a three-in-one business tool for your computer. The wireless mouse, calculator/keypad is a great example of streamlined innovation. I love the simplicity and efficiency of this. It makes perfect sense, right? Offered in black or white, the X Mark is a lightweight companion that should be a staple for your office. Check it out here. $60 USD [available in August 2011]

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Razzle Dazzle – Audio-Technica Bijoué Speaker

Sound in a Jewel Box. The Audio-Technica Speaker.

Plug your iPhone/MP3 Player for instant gratification

Portable speakers influenced by fashion and precious stones. The Bijoué speaker by Japan’s Audio-Technica sport an inspired jeweled top, equipped with a mirror on the inside, is offered in six different colors. Lightweight, powered by two AAA batteries, the speaker provides over 30 hours of playtime. Check it out at Geek Stuff 4 U. Available for $49 USD.

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Project This – Samsung’s Pico Projector

Samsung's Pico Projector is the perfect mobile solution for on-the-go business.

Great size, great design.

Consultants and freelancers will appreciate this one. Samsung has released a portable projector that basically fits in the size of your hand. Thanks to LED technology, the SP-HO3 Pico Projector measures 2.75″x1.5″x2.75″, weighs less than most cell phones, and has a 1 GB internal memory that provides a projected screen of 80 inches (30 ANSI lumens strength). The cool factor alone is reason to have this for your office. The practicality of it makes it a must-have. Imagine being able to transfer a file from your iPhone and let the projector run the show itself. Better yet, have this around to project what you have on your computer up on the wall for impromptu meetings. However you justify it, the $300 price tag is just what you need for work and play. In fact, I think it’s a great way to display and share your pictures from the recent 4th of July weekend. Check it out at Samsung‘s web site.

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Cold As Ice – Calypso Crystal iPhone Dock

The Crystal Dock by Calypso

For the person who has everything and still looking for that je ne sais quoi! Handmade from lead crystal glass, Calypso’s crystal dock for your iPhone/iPod is an elegant objet d’art for that special corner of your desk near the computer. Meticulously crafted, the dock is a representation of the fine European tradition of crystal glass making. 15 different artisans make their mark in the production for one dock before it is carefully reviewed for flaws. Four design choices for those with finicky taste. The Calypso Dock starts at $199. Perfect for showcasing your new iPhone4.

Beau is one of four detailed designs by Calypso.

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Wild Wild West – Old Time Computers

Your computer retrofitted for the old world charm.

For some reason, I’m mesmerized by these retro-fitted computers made to look like items found in an old Victorian banker’s office. My lawyer from an unfortunate law breaking incident (don’t ask) had a private office that was inspired by the wild, wild west. I came very close to walking out as soon as I walked through the door. As with any legal case, you’re forced to be humbled, so I didn’t really have a choice to pick an attorney based on personal taste and style. Fortunately, all went as planned and I am forever indebted to a man who loves nostalgia. I must admit, my very first desk lamp was a banker style brass lamp with a green glass shade. You know the type, right? I suppose I’m still nostalgic for it since it was one of the very first purchases I made that clearly indicated my love for office design. That style would be right at home with this series of computers and accessories by Old Time Computer. Ranging from a collection of Mac products, the keyboards are “fantastical!” (yes, this is one of many made-up words I like using to butcher the English language). There is now a wireless keyboard available as well as a wireless mouse.

Now available in a wireless keyboard.

I know this is not for everyone, but I do love the merge between the old world and today’s modern conveniences. It’s a little sci-fi noir…just like the original Time Machine. If you think you might be interested in stepping back in time with our computer technology, be sure to visit Old Time Computer.

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WiFi Your Sound – Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Bluetooth your playlist with Belkin's Music Receiver

Plug into your speakers or home sound system and play music wirelessly.

It’s the simple things that make me happy. Take a look at Belkin’s Bluetooth Music Receiver. Plug the small device into your speakers or home stereo system and you can play your iPod/iPhone playlist wirelessly. This is great for an office solution. Situate a pair of speakers in another place in the room and choose the music from your iPhone while sitting at your desk. Eliminate the space clutter of speakers and add the convenience of our wifi tech savvy world. The gadget can be purchased directly from Belkin for $49.

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I yah yeah – iPhone 4

Apple's iPhone 4 with video chat, ultra sharp resolution, and more.

A plea to my partner aka ambassador of “quan” (ref: Jerry Maguire).

Yes, my current iPhone 2 works fine but just like the rest of technology, it’s aging fast…very fast. The new iPhone4 will solve all of my problems, including those I didn’t realize I had. When needing the assistance of a true friend to help me decide what I should be wearing to a special event (hint: anniversary), I can then use the new FaceTime feature that allows users to video chat. Imagine, no longer the need of photographing yourself and then e-mailing the image. Oh, what about taking a night-time picture with your iPhone? It’s usually a mess, right? You can now do so with the 5-megapixel camera and integrated LED flash, perfect for capturing that special celebration (hint: anniversary). And when looking at those pictures on said iPhone, the images are even better than before with the new Retina Display capability that provides 4x the clarity on the screen. And when jumping back and forth between ecstatic phone calls and various apps, the new iPhone4 allows you to do so seamlessly with its all new multitasking platform. All this plus an amazing new shell and casing, HD video, folders for organizing apps, and more.

So you see dear partner, the new iPhone4 is more than just a phone. It’s how I conduct business and pleasure. More importantly, it’s how I stay connected to you. So with this in mind, I’m not asking that you buy this for me, but rather give me the blessing to go out and treat myself without the guilt. It’s sure to be one simple gesture that will mark a special year.

Pre-order yours tomorrow, June 15.

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Dingalingaring – iRetrophone Base

iRetrophone Base for your desk

Once again, I’m having a flashback of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine. From a previous post about the old school handset you can plug into your cell phone, you can now buy the complete set that transforms your iPhone into a working old fashioned desk phone. Thanks to Uncrate for finding this fun and practical item on Etsy. The iRetrophone is made from resin and available in clear or black. It fits all iPhone models and provides space for a charging connection while sitting in the base. Order yours today at Freeland Studios on Etsy for $195. The item is currently back-ordered for a few weeks, but I’m sure they’ll run out again due to popularity. Playing office with my iPhone just became legit.

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At The Podium, My iPhone

Podium's carbon iPhone/iPod stand

Projectgadget.com is one of those cool review sites that is perfect for guys like me…with money burning a hole in their pockets for the latest gizmo and trends. Beware, you’ll find plenty to buy and more to ponder. Point in case, this carbon stand made especially for your iPhone or iPod Touch. The sturdy accessory only weighs in at 16 oz., has a height of 5.5″; Width: 3.25″; Depth: 3.0″ It allows for a swivel of your iPhone for either landscape or vertical orientation. You might be asking yourself, why do I need a dedicated stand for my iPhone? Well, consider a few things. It provides a streamline look to fully appreciate the innovation of your phone. Not to be too preachy about Apple, but seriously, the design and mechanism of the iPhone never gets old. Here’s another reason – my blog is about finding ways to improve your workplace and you can do just that with a dedicated display for your phone. By using the stand, you can effectively use your iPhone as a work companion for applications that you might not want to clutter on your computer desktop. Use your iPhone side-by-side to your computer for checking new tweets, calculating simple equations, or just getting through the work day by YouTubing Miss S. Carolina Caite Upton’s Miss Teen USA pageant flubber.

Podium’s iPhone stand sells for $29 +shipping at podiumrevolution.com.

The stand swivels and pivots for full enjoyment of your iPhone.

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The Perpetual Calendar

Despite our digital age, I find the need to have some type of calendar available for a quick glance when dating a letter, writing a check or just trying to convince myself that the week is moving forward. Here’s a great solution for your desk. This  system is simple, polished and the perfect companion for your office. The calendar that will last a lifetime is designed by legendary Italian designer Enzo Mari. Looking at it reminds me when I was five years old and going to the Security Pacific bank with my grandfather for his weekly deposits. The transaction counters had a system similar to this, except it was bronze framed with white letters on charcoal gray blocks. I vividly remembering wanting to play with the individual cards for the month and dates. Some thirty years later, the wait is over.

Here’s some background about Enzo Mari and his prolific career. Click here for the NYT article.

The Perpetual Calendar is available for $90 at the great L.A. gift shop, OK. Thanks to the creative minds at Remodelista.com for mentioning it.

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