Many people have switched away from using traditional light bulbs and have started using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) instead in an effort to increase their home’s energy efficiency. One drawback of CFLs, however, is that their design is not particularly pretty. The Plumen 001 changes all that. This is a high-efficiency light bulb that any stylish person would be happy to show off in their home.
The Plumen 001 light bulb is more than just a home accessory item. It is an artistic sculpture for your lamps and light fixtures. It is made of intertwined pieces that swirl together in a creative eye-catching way. The intrinsic beauty of this bulb enhances the appeal of the lampshade placed around it.
The Plumen 001 also helps people save energy and money around the house. It uses 80% less energy than a traditional light bulb and will last eight times longer. This hot bulb is capturing attention from design icons and green gurus alike!
Limbo first caught the public’s attention with its stunning art style. Using a black and white colour scheme, along with some skilful vignetting and light bloom, the game’s visual aesthetic is nothing short of beautiful.
Limbo not only satisfies in the graphics department, the gameplay also stands up well to any other downloadable game. It can be classified as a puzzle-platformer with a simple two-button jump/grab mechanic. Puzzles are reliant on the game’s physics system and the player’s reflexes. Much of the game will be solved through trial-and-error, and the frustration level will mount toward the end of the game. In spite of this, the ending is satisfying and cements the game as one of Xbox Live Arcade’s best offerings.
After Moleskine, the manufacturer of traditional, hardbound leather journals, released a protective case for the Kindle, demand for a similar product for the Apple iPad has been on the rise. The concept makes intuitive sense: the Moleskine is the preferred diary of creative types. It is both rugged and elegant. The iPad is of course the preferred e-reader for that same crowd. After a short wait, those who want to protect their iPad with style have a choice: the DODO case for iPad or the newcomer: The Case by Pad and Quill.
Like the DODO case, The Case by Pad & Quill costs about 60 USD. Both cases are solidly built, and both have a striking resemblance to Moleskine products. There are important difference, however. The Case from Pad & Quill is designed with a sleek clasp that not only holds the covers shut when not in use, but also doubles as a stand for viewing media or typing with a bluetooth keyboard.
The cover on The Case by Pad & Quill can also be folded back so that the user can rest the iPad on his or her lap at a comfortable angle. The cleverest addition is the red fabric “bookmark,” which is actually used for easily removing the iPad from the case. The Case by Pad & Quill for iPad earns high marks in both form and function. It is recommended for anyone who wants to restore some 19th-century charm to their 21st-century reading device.
Vintage appeal can make an ordinary gadget much more fun, and NES hard drives pleasantly capture the spirit of old Nintendo cartridges with a modern twist. NES hard drives house a standard laptop hard drive in the classic case of an NES cartridge.
Easy connection is provided via a USB 2.0 port, which works wonderfully. Several sizes are available, all the way up to 1TB of storage at reasonable prices considering the average cost of external hard drives. The unassuming cartridges provide great security in addition to their great looks and classic feel.
The storage capacity and retro looks of NES hard drives make them a must-have form of data storage for tech fans, computer lovers and video gamers alike.
With letters A-Z and digits 0-9, Metalvetica can make a statement— Big time. Metalvetica art forms are chunky blocks of metal about 35 cm high and 8 cm thick. Like the sans serif font they parody, they are amazingly adaptable. Think: organic meets geometric. Aluminium from the ancient earth is wrought into contemporary straight-edged sculpture. The combination is positively striking. Metalvetica is part industrial grunge, part modern hi-tech, and totally crammed with minimalist elegance. Its metallic lustre fits with every colour scheme.
The savvy art enthusiast will ‘initially’ love the way its form follows function as art and room décor. Metalvetica letters and numbers come with holes in back for hanging or they can be spryly propped on a shelf.
The TMA-1 Headphone from AIAIAI pops in all the right places. Gaudy gilded phones have past, and a new unassuming set has been perfectly pitched in the direction of philes serious about performance in the club or the studio. The new style is function, and this pair definitely hits by being able to take a hit. Their atypically low weight aids in extending long up-tempo sessions, and their flexibility due to details such as a partially coiled cable ensure maximum freedom of movement. Adjustability is also possible to accommodate the ears and any headspace. Critically, TMA-1′s fidelity allows focus without fuzz and superior clarity with crushing volume, while allowing the most subtle of tweaks to breaks, beats, and mixes alike.
The D3100 is the latest addition to Nikon’s Digital SLR camera line. It’s an upgrade to last year’s D3000; it’s about the same weight and size, but adds full 1080p high-definition video with continuous auto focus. Other improvements are a new sensor, an expanded ISO range, and an option for a quieter shutter release. The in-camera help guide, displayed on a 3″ LCD screen, has been expanded with more tips and suggested settings. Buttons have been added to the camera to make it easier to switch between possible usage modes, and the lenses have been designed to capture high contrast at maximum aperture. The 14.2 megapixel D3100 is intended for beginner and intermediate point-and-shoot camera users who are about to buy their first Digital SLR.
It’s no secret that the iPad has taken the world by storm. Apple’s device has exceeded everyone’s expectations in terms of customer feedback, and continues to sell remarkably well. Since the device is basically a touch-screen computer, it is lending itself to the ever-changing field of technological advancement to the point where people are using iPads in scenarios that were never before even considered. The iPort has done just that, as it allows one to permanently install an iPad into their wall.
Whether you wish to use portrait or landscape mode, the iPort allows you to make your iPad a permanent fixture in your home. It can be used to browse the web, check emails, play music – all with the simple touch of a finger. Plus, installing an iPad into your wall can make your home look very sleek. All in all, the iPort is an excellent iPad accessory.
Lets face it: the cameras on most phones suck. There is just no flexibility in how they take pictures. While nothing can fix the bad plastic lenses in the phone itself, you can make your phone’s camera more versatile by using an attachable lens. Thought those were only for higher end cameras? Not anymore! PhotoJojo has introduced two lenses: a wide angle/macro lens and a fish-eye lens. Provided with each are two magnetic rings that you attach around your camera’s existing lens. Then just place the lens against the ring, and viola! Your friends look like they are in a bubble. While being in a bubble is of dubious utility, the macro lens could seriously be useful. You never know when you will find something small but interesting, and these lenses are small enough to be worth carrying around. You know, just in case.
Anyone who has ever shot video on an iPhone has wished for this gadget or something like it. We’ve all been there, trying to take that shot in landscape mode, our hands shaking the more we concentrated on being still, and then that one rebellious finger suddenly covers the lens and ruins the shot. You can just scream in frustration.
Zacuto’s clever solution to this common problem is the Zgrip for iPhone, which brings the convenience of a tripod to the handheld arena. In order to pull that off, the device has to be ultra-light and ultra-comfortable. Weighing in at just a few ounces, Zgrip manages to be both of those things. One very favourable design decision is the gap in the handle, which allows for its lightness, and it allows you to hold the handle for long periods without a sweaty palm.
Anyone who shoots video with an iPhone should try this product, even if you count yourself among the lucky few who have never screamed out in frustration. You might be surprised at how revealing the test run is. Using an iPhone to shoot video is an awkward experience even if you’ve never realized it. The Zgrip turns awkward into graceful, and it allows you to shoot video for hours with pain-free hands.
The Zgrip Jr. is the perfect fit for those times when you want to shoot video with their iPhone at a concert or even at the local parade. However, if you take your iPhone video a little more serious than that, there’s the Pro edition. The Pro is a lot like the Jr., but also includes greater adjustability, a tripod attachment, and a removable cradle.
For those who like to write, there’s a new instrument on the market that’s turning quite a few heads. Sharpie has released a “liquid pencil,” which utilizes liquid graphite that writes more like a pen than a pencil. For those who prefer the smoothness of writing with a pen, yet the erasibility of pencil markings, Sharpie may have invented exactly what it is you’re looking for.
Sharpie claims that when the liquid graphite is freshly applied to paper, it can be erased completely just like a normal pencil. However, when left to sit overnight it dries permanently like an ink. The technology appeals to those who wish to get the best of both worlds, and looks to be very promising.
Ever since reader programs began to be released in Apple’s wildly successful App Store, there have been debates going every which way about which piece of software is to be considered penultimate. Is Amazon’s Kindle app superior to Apple’s iBooks? What about all of the other third party software?
Thankfully, we have Good Reader for iPad, by far the best piece of reader software available right now. The tablet edition of Good Reader is everything that anyone could have asked for, and is truly the all-in-one reading program that anyone needs for the iPad, eclipsing both Apple and Amazon’s programs. Good Reader’s versatility and ability to read a wide variety of document extensions, beautiful interface and lightening speed make it the perfect way to read whatever document you might have, be it an e-book or a pdf.
Users will find the flexibility of Good Reader to be one of the best reasons to have the app. While other reading programs provide you with fairly stagnant text selection, Good Reader allows you to customize text, margins and other qualities of your documents to your liking. Ultimately, though, it’s Good Reader’s ability to allow the user to easily and quickly transfer documents through iTunes, WiFi and even Dropbox that makes this reader one of the highest quality apps to have on your device, period.
So leave all of the other reader apps on the side; with Good Reader you won’t need them anymore. For the best, look no further than Good Reader.
Do you want an efficient, yet also fashionable, way to wear your iPod while you jog, hang out at the beach, ride the bus, or do another activity? Consider purchasing the Pod a Porter neckband for the iPod shuffle.
The Pod a Porter consists of a single, ultra light, smooth textured neckband that allows you to run your ear plug wires through and put your iPod shuffle on the other end. This prevents the wires from tangling. Once you begin using the Pod a Porter, you will notice that you won’t have to worry about your ear plugs being ripped out of your ears.
The sturdy design allows the Pod a Porter to be used frequently without having to worry about it breaking.
When it comes to conserving energy and the integrity of your computer, shutting it down or putting it into sleep mode is absolutely crucial. However, it isn’t uncommon for people to forget to do so when they are finished using the computer. One of the best ways to ensure that a computer is always shut off after being used is to put a reminder sticker somewhere on the monitor or tower.
Reminder stickers for computers are instrumental in reminding users to either shutdown the computer or put it into sleep mode. They are inexpensive, effective and should always be placed on public machines. If you want to get the most out of your computer, be sure to use reminder stickers.
Everyone wants to have a monitor that’s comfortable to look at, and it seems like as laptops get smaller, so do their screens. Fortunately, Apple has not forgotten what it is that consumers want the most, which is a high-quality display for their computing needs. The Apple 27″ LED Cinema Display fits the bill perfectly, and is one of the most beautiful screens on the market. Boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio with a gigantic 2560-by-1440 resolution.
With true, cinema-quality display, this Apple monitor shocks just about anyone who sees it for the first time. Not only is it the perfect size, but it is capable of producing the richest colours and most fastest frame-rates possible. In short, if you’re looking for the perfect Apple monitor, you should look no further.
Sometimes what’s needed is simplicity out of a charcoal grille, and this little machine absolutely fits the bill! It starts with the fact that this barbecue is all-weather; no more worrying about the grille rusting up if you leave it out in the rain. Its wheels will stay in good shape, and the grille itself is porcelain enamelled, giving it the tough strength to survive some inclement weather.
The best thing about Weber One Touch Premium, hands down, is how easy it is to clean. Some may remember an old, cheap grille they once had, back in college. The ash removal grate was rusted shut (thanks again for the rust-free design, Weber!), and so the only method for getting rid of the ashes from previous grille sessions was to turn the whole thing upside down and dump out the ash – a very cumbersome and messy task! Thanks to the efficient design, all that must be done to remove the ash from this clever little machine is to open one lever, open three more grates, and simply dispose of the ashes wherever you would like them, from the container at the bottom.
The belly of this grille is deeper as well, allowing for easier indirect grilling, to barbecue in more ways than just flambé. This grille even comes with a measuring cup so it’s easy to see precisely how much charcoal to add to get cooking.
Though they may look like nothing more than a raver’s fashion accessory, the new Cyglo Tyres are actually marketed as a safety device. Consisting of a number of LEDs that are actually embedded into the rubber of bicycle tyres, the Cyglo units light up brilliantly when the bike is ridden. James Tristram, the inventor of the gadget, claims that the idea behind it is to better the visibility of riders at night.
Of course, it should fit quite well with any number of subcultures. Cyglo Tyres are an excellent way to garner attention; so many vibrant youths will be sure to pick up on the new invention. However, some have said that LEDs won’t stand up to the stress of being ridden on.
Holycool has done it again with a new and innovative gadget for all the people who love small trinkets for the office. This gadget is so simple in design, yet so useful that it will filling offices worldwide in a matter of months. What makes the latest gadget from Holycool winner? This 120-Disc Acrylic Storage Box offers a convenient place for all of those annoying disks that always seem to waste precious desk space. Just as the name implies, this box neatly holds 120 CD’s or DVDs and only takes up a small amount of desk space. The 120-Disc Acrylic Storage Box even includes hanging sleeves that protect disks! Go out and get one today and see innovation at it’s finest.
You know Steve Jobs is doing something right when he is able to release a simple battery charger and garner massive amounts of media attention. But the Apple Battery Charger is now ordinary charger. Designed to efficiently recharge batteries for use in various Apple devices, this battery charger is equipped with a power management system designed to conserve energy and help out the environment (and your electricity bills).
How is the Apple Battery Charger able to reduce energy consumption so drastically? It is able to sense when a battery is fully charged, an ability not seen in other battery chargers. Once the battery finishes charging, the Apple Battery Charger reduces its power intake to only 30 milliwatts, while other battery chargers continue running at a power intake of over 300 milliwatts.
In addition to efficiently recharging your batteries, the Apple Battery Charger comes equipped with six high-performance AA NiMH which can be used with your keyboard, mouse, track pad or a variety of other devices. These batteries can be used and recharged for up to ten years, considerably longer than the average battery.
Another convenient aspect of the Apple Battery Charger is the ease with which users can detect the status of the charging batteries. The charger comes with coloured status indicator lights, which glow amber while the battery is still charging, appear green when they are finished charging and ready to be used, and flash amber when the charger is loaded with incompatible batteries, damaged or faulty batteries, or when the batteries have not been properly installed.
The new Turbocharged iMac is better, brighter, and faster than ever. Featuring two sizes (21-inch and 27-inch) fitting a broad spectrum of budgets and featuring an LED-backlit 16:9 display, the new iMac is a stunning addition to the Mac family at Apple.
Better Performance and Graphics
With new Intel Core processors, starting at the dual-core Intel i3 processor standard and ATI Radeon HD 4670 at 256 MB of memory, the new iMac is an ideal upgrade for gamers, families, and professionals alike. With the upgraded quad-core Intel i5 processor, you can expect even more scorching performance for all of your computing needs. Also included standard is 4 GB of RAM, giving this machine punch right out of the box without an upgrade.
Sporting up to 78% more pixels depending on size, the new iMac offers a fantastic technology called IPS (in-plane switching) which means the screen looks great from any angle. Also, at 16:9 aspect ratio, you’ve got an HD-TV worthy view. Games, movies, even spreadsheets look fabulous on this glossy screen.
State of the Art Accessories
The new iMac is packaged with the wireless Magic Mouse as a standard accessory, giving you multi-function swipe, scroll, and click for your desktop, just like a portable. The wireless trend continues with the wireless aluminum keyboard with a flat profile to add comfort to your daily computing.
With pleasing aesthetics, aluminum construction, and LED backlighting, the new iMac is sure to stand out—or blend in—on your desk or workspace. The added power and performance make this computer a strong contender for the desktop computing market.
Whether it’s ring-bound with a brightly coloured canvas cover or covered with industrial-printed cardboard, featuring a vivid elastic strap, Japanese brand MUCU‘s line of artisan-crafted notebooks offer style and substance in a way that’s sure to make a statement.
MUCU’s philosophy is to bring raw materials — canvas, newspaper-grade paper, leather — back into our everyday lives. These raw materials, they say, will endure long-term, and allow their users to continue utilising and enjoying them well past the point an ordinary notebook would begin to deteriorate or be discarded as garbage.
For those of us who love to experience the pleasure of writing on quality paper and storing thoughts in an attractive composition book — but have perhaps grown weary of seeing Moleskines everywhere! — MUCU‘s line is an affordable and interesting alternative. With a variety of styles and sizes available, they are certain to have a product to suit any need — MUCU features everything from faux-leather calendars and day planners (look for 2011 soon; 2010 is sold out!) to small pocket-sized scratch pads bound in cardboard that emits a fun, industrial, eco-friendly vibe. The larger spiral-bound notebooks can be ordered with blank pages, ruled pages, or even grid lines, for all those on-the-go architectural plans you may have.
The MUCU line is reasonably priced, and the hand-crafted items themselves are sure conversation pieces. With a variety of options and features, everyone who’s been in the market for new provider of upscale notebooks should be aware of MUCU’s offerings.
Flipboard is a new app for the iPad that markets itself as a “personalized, social magazine” (flipboard.com). The idea behind Flipboard is to put your social media stream into one place, and make a beautiful, easy-to-use user interface. When you first log in to Flipboard, you connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It then aggregates the feeds from your accounts into a magazine-like UI. It is most known for its beautiful interface and the page-turn functionality – a little bit antiquated, but nevertheless well-executed. You cannot directly post to Facebook or twitter form Flipboard, but you can comment on or like material. Flipboard not only pulls in the feeds but it also looks at links in the feeds and gathers other information from the web, to create an overall pleasing experience.
The Apple Magic Trackpad uses the same brilliant Multi-Touch technology as the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and MacBook Pro. It supports natural gestures as you can swipe through web pages as you would a book and even scroll with your fingers up and down the page. With the smooth wear-resistant glass of the Magic Trackpad, you use it just as you would a customary mouse but with added features. With Bluetooth technology, the Magic Trackpad connects to your Mac up to 33 feet so you can surf the web from the comfort of your sofa and have a more organised workspace. At just £59, the Magic Trackpad comes with two AA batteries so it is ready to use right out of the box with your Mac.
Leather is a rugged and beautiful medium to carry and to cover with. Crafted from top grain leather, the TUCH Minimalist sleeves and cases are a wonderful example of a lightweight, sleek and sophisticated case that enhance rather than hide the beauty of the products they carry. The TUCH line is made for the iPhone, iPad and MacBook.
As minimalist products, the one or two piece cases and sleeves are laser cut and assembled by hand with no stitching or glue. They are quite functional cases. The iPhone sleeve doesn’t require removal to charge, change the volume or use the headset jack. There are holes for the speakers as well, so sound is not hindered. The sleeve also holds up to 4 credit cards.
The soft inner lining cradles whatever you’re carrying. TUCH products are made to fit a bit snug in the beginning, but within a week the leather begins to form itself around whatever it’s carrying. The color also begins to age and patina into your unique, tailored piece of work. The Naked products are made of unadulterated veg tanned leather and the aging process is simply beautiful. There is also an Obsidian version that is black through dyed leather. There have been several limited editions as the designer has come across unique leather color and textures.
If you are looking for a beautiful, rugged, sleek and sophisticated carrying case or sleeve for your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, the minimalist leather TUCH products are a reasonably priced option that provides a unique long-lasting protective solution.
The Compass is the newest innovation to aid the consumer‘s use of the new iPad and it’s technology. The Compass is manufactured by TwelveSouth and is a folding easel for the iPad that is as mobile as the iPad users themselves. The stand is made of heavy gauge steel so users can rest assured it will withstand daily uses for a long time to come. While the stand is solid in its design and material it is still versatile. While using the Compass mobile stand you can operate your iPad in either hands free or hands on mode.
The stand allows you to view your iPad in landscape or portrait mode as an easel and folds up to be a little larger than any candy bar. The user is able to slip the Compass into its protective traveling sleeve and toss it in their knapsack, backpack, laptop bag, or purse if they wish. TwelveSouth has hit the nail on the head with this product by offering users the ability to place the Compass in two different modes. One mode made perfect for typing and the other is perfect for iPhoto slideshows and presentations.
If iPad revolutionized the way that education, business and the retail industry as a whole, then the new Compass mobile stand from TwelveSouth has revolutionized our ability to use and manipulate the iPad itself. The stand is a key accessory to purchase for anyone buying or receiving an iPad. It allows the user to make full use of the device while still maintaining its portability and versatility.
In a not-so-inconspicuous reference to the extinct dodo bird of the 17th century, the DODO case for iPad and iPad 3G will offer a hard-shell case protection from extinction for your iPad. Following suit with the Nook and the Kindle for providing stylish, protective cases, the iPad can be used directly from within the case, and there is no need for removal at any time.
The hard case is made to fit the iPad and no other gadget, so it provides a very snug fit tailored exactly to the height, width and thickness of the iPad that it iPad will not fall out of unless shaken violently while upside down.
The 1st edition DODO case is made by hand in San Francisco, California using traditional book binding techniques that have been used for centuries. It gives the appearance of a traditional, Moleskine-style journal, and is a beautiful reference to the combination of new and old media technologies. It comments on Gutenburg’s opening up of doors of information to the public by mass-producing the book, and on how the iPad is opening up portals upon portals of convenient information and entertainment through portable internet. You can even hold the case like a book when reading a web page if you like.
The DODO case also works as a stand for your iPad. By folding the cover of the case back on itself, you can view your iPad in portrait or landscape views, or even flat with a bit of a raised surface to make typing easier.
For those audiophiles looking to upgrade their current systems, look not farther than the JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Subwoofer package. This light, compact package packs a whopping punch in only two tiny satellite speakers and a sub. With a subwoofer that is only 230mm by 230mm and two satellite speakers that measure 75mm by 75mm this system can fit anywhere, not only on the desktop.
With a dedicated power supply one never has to worry about the audio being too low, and this is the perfect upgrade for a user who only is currently using laptop speakers. The output on these speakers measures 25 watts, far more than the average movie watcher or gamer would need. It is true that other systems deliver more sound but what makes the JBL package truly unique is the small compact package that the 25 watts come in. This speaker and subwoofer combo can fit truly anywhere, and is the perfect option for the student on the go.
When looking at options for computer speakers it is important to look at systems that deliver a powered subwoofer. Many systems deliver the same wattage with a passive subwoofer, but this is just sacrificing sound quality for the wattage. The JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia solves this problem by providing a powered sub along with two powerful satellites that are guaranteed to rock one’s room.
With JBL’s 1 year warranty along with the set one knows they are getting a great deal, and for a price that is under 100 American dollars, this is one system that cannot be beat.
The Aeron Office Chair by Herman Miller, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is so innovative and aesthetically pleasing it has a permanent place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf sought to create a chair that is anthropometrically inclusive and environmentally benign.
Aeron does more than accommodate, it truly fits people of all sizes. Design research included thermal testing and pressure mapping to determine weight and heat distribution. Herman Miller advanced the radical idea that a work chair should fit like a piece of clothing. Rejecting standard anthropometric data, they created more inclusive tables. They then designed a small chair to fit a 1st percentile female, which adjusted larger at many key points, and a large chair for a 99th percentile male, which adjusted smaller. Finally a third chair, for the middle range of sitters was created.
Research determined that the natural pivot point for reclining is the ankle, and the chair works this way, rather than forcing pivoting at the pelvis. Known as kinematic coherence, this example is an integral element of the Aeron design.
Thermal comfort is another strong attribute of the Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair. The patented Pellicle mesh allows sitters to remain thermally neutral– becoming neither heated or damp through contact with foam padding. Chairs with a breathable surface actually lower office thermal control costs.
The chair’s components contain a high proportion of recycled material, and is itself 94% recyclable.
Although expensive, the Aeron lives up to its lofty design goals.
The LaCie iamaKey Thumb-Drive is one of the better thumb-drives that is available. More and more people are choosing to carry flash drives with them at all times, but this means that the drives must be inconspicuous, carry a lot of data, and, most importantly, stand up to abuse.
This thumb-drive is all of that and more. It fits very well on a keyring, as promised, and looks just like a key, albeit a little larger. Unless it was inspected closely, nobody would ever know that it is a flash drive. The drive is remarkably strong, and even waterproof to a degree. It does not flex at all when plugged into the computer, even with the keyring and the weight of the other keys attached. It has excellent transfer speeds. The drive also has remarkably low failure rates after one year: approximately 4%, as compared to the industry standard of around 12%.
There is only one problem with the drive. This is that the serial number is not included on the drive itself. Rather, it is included in the disposable packaging that comes with the drive. The manufacturer has chosen not to honor warranties without a serial number, so this can pose a problem. However, given the strength of the drive it is unlikely that anyone will encounter a situation in which he or she needs to call in a warranty.
Overall this drive is highly recommended. However, a customer should make sure that he or she copies the serial number onto a text file and puts it in multiple locations before throwing away the original packaging.
Who knew that a bunch of magnetic balls could be so much fun? Buckyball Magnetic Building Spheres, or Buckyballs for short, are small super strong magnetic balls that stick together. Each pack you buy contains 216, which is enough to build lots of complicated structures. As simple as the idea is, it is surprising how much fun they are. Shipped in a nifty case as a cube, you can literally peel off layers of spheres and unfold it into a giant T. Some simple rearrangement and you have a pyramid. Use an old credit card and you can dice them any way you want. Really, the only limit to what you build is your imagination. Or, if you are like me, it is more fun to just break them into random shapes and reassemble them differently, not really having any shape in mind. They are a wonderful toy to fidget with.
Buckyballs are not the only type of toy like this. There are other brands, but they generally have smaller, more cheaply made magnetic spheres. Unlike Buckyballs, their spheres start to fall apart into metallic flakes. Unlike their competition, you can also choose from a different colors. In addition to the classic chrome finish, you can also get gold silver and black. No matter what color you choose, each Buckyball will be made of high quality grade N35 Neodymium magnets that are 5mm in diameter.
These may be the perfect desktop toy. They just beg to be fiddled with. If you need something to do while you think, or are just bored of working, these will provide the perfect distraction for you. Just remember to start working again afterward. For such a simple toy, they are really addictive.
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