Star Trek Alarm Clock

Star Trek Alarm Clock design by Dave Delisle

This alarm clock has an LCD display, so it could show a lot of helpful information like weather and music settings, perhaps even personal assistant searches from Alexa. But the main draw is the Red Alert alarm, which may provide some much-needed urgency when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning.

There’s an array of buttons on top, but I made the only button that matters – the Snooze button – front and center. This alarm also sits on a Lazy Susan, so it can swivel in place just like Picard’s personal computer in his ready room.

6 Dead Gadgets That Deserve A Revival

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Here are a bunch of products that came and went but deserve a second chance, in my opinion. In no particular order:

1. Clickwheel iPod. Right now the only iPod available is the Touch, but there are dozens of us still clinging to the old clickwheel models. I have a hunch that a clickwheel iPod will return in 2021 to mark the device’s 20th anniversary.

I remember Apple showing off a new line of iPods (5th Gen Nano I think), and I honestly thought the clickwheels were illuminated! I was wrong, of course. For the mockup above I included that feature. Bluetooth and wireless charging would also be welcome additions.

Alexa The Game Show Host

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The Echo Show is an Alexa assistant with a display, and I think the killer app for this device is game shows like Jeopardy where Alexa serves as the host. Alexa can display the game, narrate questions, listen for answers, and keep track of score.

Speak & Spell Calculator

Speak & Spell Calculator Texas Instruments design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Picked up a calculator at the dollar store a few days ago, and its red color inspired me to draw up this design. I’m surprised Texas Instruments doesn’t already offer this, because the Speak & Spell toy is an 80’s icon.

For a more conventional layout I placed a solar panel where the original Speak & Spell display used to be. The new display fills up what used to be the handle.

Intel Compute Stick Design

Intel Pentium 2 Chip compute stick design by Dave Delisle

A few years ago Intel released the Compute Stick, a small computer that was about the size of a USB thumb drive or a pack of gum. I thought it was pretty neat to have a desktop PC in such a compact form.

If it were up to me, a new version would look like the old Pentium 2 or Pentium 3 chips, which had an appearance similar to a video game cartridge. This new Compute Stick would be larger, roughly the same size as the aforementioned Pentium chips.

The holographic sticker would serve as the power button. An array of ports would be available on both sides.

I’m not a fan of the original Compute Stick’s HDMI connector, which had the computer plug directly into a display (like a Roku or Amazon Fire stick). This can be a problem if the HDMI port on the display is difficult to access or is flush against the wall. I prefer an HDMI cable between the computer and display, which makes the power button easier to access.

AtGames SEGA Handheld Redesign

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There have been several iterations of this SEGA handheld released by AtGames over the years, and I always thought they looked soooo close to resembling the Dreamcasts’s VMU device. Thought I’d post a mockup.

These handhelds are decent for the price. They have a good screen, rechargeable battery via USB, some built-in games, and an SD card slot so you can add some more games. I never pulled the trigger on one because of their well-known sound issues.

However if they did release a VMU or Game Gear-styled version, that may be enough for me to buy one.