Category Archives: Gadgets
This is one of those no-brainer ideas that I’m surprised doesn’t exist: you take the classic Mickey Mouse phone and use that as the basis for a cradle/dock for modern smartphones or tablets.
At a fraction the size of the original phone, this is essentially a figurine on a stand. The phone would be held in place by the base/dock, so Mickey wouldn’t have to do any heavy lifting. It would just appear that he is propping up the phone.
This cradle would be a great accessory for viewing or charging your device. I certainly would love one on my desk.
There are a few homages to the classic phone on the market currently, but nothing quite like this. Also I have to say I’m surprised that this didn’t already happen, mostly because Steve Jobs was heavily involved with Disney/Pixar in addition to overseeing Apple.
Here’s hoping this becomes a reality one day.
I was perusing some earbuds recently when I made the observation that the Skull Candy logo seemed reminiscent of the skull seen on the Bullet Bill cannon. And eureka, a geeky design was born. This earbud design features a Bullet Bill character on each earpiece, and a Bullet Bill cannon as a fastener/clip.
I’m 99.99% certain that there are earbuds shaped like Bullet Bill currently on the market; it’s just a matter of adding his face and arms to complete the look.
I found this really cool LED pixel clock, and it struck me as something that would be ideal for 8-bit or 16-bit video game clocks. The first thing that came to mind was the POW block from Mario Bros, which has a really simple look and would be ideal as a way to tell time. This device would be great as a desk or alarm clock.
The clock could cycle through the POW text until tapped (or hit) to display the current time, or it could just be a full-time clock with POW appearing on demand or on the hour or when an alarm sounds.
As you know I like to advocate violence towards alarm clocks, and the POW block is meant to take abuse! The POW text would appear when the alarm sounds, and it won’t go away until you hit snooze or shut off the alarm.
Another way to go would be to suspend the clock (just like this neat Mario Question Block lamp) and you’d hit it underneath to silence the alarm:
It doesn’t even have to be a clock, it could be a decorative night light, or a replica you can park on your desk.
The last BTTF clock design I posted has been the bane of a few DIYers and countless people who want one but are disappointed to learn it’s only a concept. In all likelihood it’s too complex a design to execute, with all the digital displays and built-in calendar to boot.
However the clock design above is much more simple concept. It would have an LED or two at the base of all the translucent hands (or something like this), causing them to illuminate. As long as the minute hand is also emitting light, this clock will echo the flux capacitor’s appearance.
This could be a wall clock but I would prefer a small desktop clock or something for the bookshelf.
EDIT: my bad, forgot to include something to represent numbers. I would probably have them embossed in the metal casing, similar to the Universal logo on this Blu-Ray case.
As far as geeky office stationary goes, the red Swingline stapler from Office Space is both iconic and emblematic of the film it is associated with. I believe there needs to be more office solutions that are in the same vein as the Milton’s prized stapler.
With that in mind I have devised this tandem: an electric pencil sharpener that looks like a wood chipper, and a detachable pencil eraser that looks like a sock-covered foot. If you don’t get the reference I am making please ask your friendly neighborhood geek/film buff.
I made the above animation for the purpose of humor. The pencil would not be tossed about when sharpened. Also the external case to hold pencil shavings is one option; a reservoir beneath the wood chipper would probably be a lot tidier.
These wouldn’t be ‘replica props’ like the Swingline stapler, however I feel they provide a very unique take on everyday pencil sharpeners and erasers. I’d put them on my back-to-school shopping list that is for sure.
So here are two designs for USB Flash drives based on the TRON Data Disc (TRON Legacy version): the one on the left is a small replica of the disc, with a USB connector that slides out; the one on the right is a more typical USB stick design.
The disc-shaped one is a fun design, but would be more problematic to engineer as an actual product, not to mention a bit cumbersome to use. However I believe it would look cool when plugged into your laptop or computer.
The basic USB stick version is an achievable design both in form and function. The casing is clear plastic, so it would look like the embedded data disc is floating in air.
Both designs feature LED lights which would illuminate when the flash drive is plugged-in. I suppose you could include an on-board battery to make either of these light up on command.
It makes too much sense for a TRON data disc to be used to transfer data! Hopefully something like this becomes a reality one day.
This is another instance of when I was shopping for a particular item only to discover it did not exist. Much to my surprise shark-themed laser pointers aren’t available. Now I only have one simple request; and that is to have laser pointers that look like sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!
To be clear this would be for a small handheld laser pointer used for highlighting stuff on the chalkboard or terrorizing your pet cat (and NOT for pointing at flying aircraft). This gadget would fit onto your keychain, and would be operated with a push button. To make it friendly for placing in your pocket I’d make all the fins (or the whole body) out of a flexible rubber.
Another way to go is to have a normal laser pointer that can attach to a plastic toy shark. It would be a decorative item for the desk.
Relevant scene for the youngsters who might not get the joke. Can you believe the film is 16 years old??