25 Mind-Blowing Gadgets


Few weeks ago we’ve presented a number of innovative gadgets, devices, designs and concepts. Unless explicitly specified, none of them has been officially released or produced yet, and none of them is currently available for end-users. But what about existing products? What about innovative designs which are already available in stores and can be bought straight away?

As part of our monday inspiration series we present 25 mind-blowing gadgets and devices which are already available today. Among them you’ll find loudspeakers, turntables, TV sets, furniture, laptop sleeves and further accessories. Please notice: most of them aren’t cheap at all, and many of them cost over $10,000.

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BeoLab 4 PC

BeoLab 4 PC3 is a no-fuss version of the popular BeoLab 4, optimised to bring outstanding stereo sound to the desktop. All it takes is a mini-jack cable from your computer, portable music player or any other source with a headphone jack. Price: $990.

Beo Lab 44

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speakers

Zeppelin5 is an integrated iPod speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins. Zeppelin fills a room with stereo sound and deliver a pretty unique musical performance. Simple yet effective design. Detailed CNET review6. Price: $599.



Retro Sixties Radio

A sexy green “Sixties” AM/FM-radio, with a nostalgic style, power LED indicator and adaptor jack (3 x AA batteries not included) which is also available in pink.


Philips Aurea

Philips Aurea10 is a 42″ Flat TV with Pixel HD and Ambilight Spectra. The sensorial halo of Ambilight Spectra creates a new dimension to the viewing experience. The Active Frame extends the light and atmosphere of the image outside the screen in a kaleidoscope of colours. Philips promises: “you feel fully immersed in the images, viewing becomes a more intensive experience than you could ever imagine.” Price: £3000.


Sound Speaker System 500 XL

500 XL12 is a pretty unusual loud speaker system. “Sometimes bigger IS really better, especially when it comes to sound. That’s why we took a puny pair of earbuds, put them in Fred’s highly technical Way Big machine, and created 500XL – it’s 500 times the size of the original! How great will these look on your desktop alongside your mp3 player or PC?” Price: unknown.



Turntable Rega Planar 78

Known for its tonearms, Rega makes a fine range of turntables including the Planar 7815 — a mono turntable that only plays old-old-old-school 78s. The highest care has gone into the design, which uses Rega’s ultra-low-vibration state-of-the-art rigid-mounted motor assembly. The platter is metallised, giving good mass and accuracy. Price: £224 – £3,850 excluding arm. [via Wallpaper16]



Alpha TV Love

Alpha19 is a TV set composed of two slender elements joint by a frame in chrome tube within which the special wirings are pulsing. A choice which comes from the rejection of the assumed bidimensionality of common LCD screens, always supported by a cumbersome pedestal, and which focuses on a new layout with the capability of containing the space required by electronics and DVD player. Price: unknown. [via Wallpaper20]


Lunch Bags

The same oilcloth that covers your kitchen table can transport your children’s lunches — or your own — in leak-free style. These reusable lunch bags22 will cut back on waste since they can simply be washed with a damp sponge (oilcloth is not washing-machine safe). Use a single pattern for the whole bag, or cut out complementary patterns or solid colors for side panels. You can attach small Velcro tabs to hold the bags closed, or clip the tops with colorful wooden clothespins.


KEF Muon Loudspeaker System

KEF Muon24 loudspeaker is fabricated from super-formed aluminium, which uses a similar moulding process to vacuum forming. It uses malleable sheets of heated alluminium to achieve otherwise impossible shapes. Price: $150,000.

Beo Lab 425

Beo Lab 426

MX Air: Rechargeable Air Mouse

MX Air: on your desk, advanced laser technology is supposed to provide you with precise tracking and instant response. In the air, innovative Freespace motion sensing transforms hand motions into responsive cursor controls.

Logitech Mouse

Deco Lounger

Fortress Seating’s stylish Deco Lounger loveseat splits in two. Supersized at 72 inches wide and 60 inches deep, the Deco Lounger can be pushed together to accommodate one loving couple or one sprawling TV viewer—or split into two parts for those times when you want a little more personal space.


Proclaim Speaker DMT-100

Fortress Seating’s stylish Proclaim Speaker DMT-100 has pivoting arms which allow the DMT-100’s midrange and tweeter enclosures to be moved up, down, forward, backward, and side-to-side. They’ve done away with rectilinear speaker cabinets altogether. Price: $25,999.

Credits: Techgadgets.in28, Hemagazine]

Nokia Prism

Nokia Prism29 is a mobile phone adorned with bold geometric patterns, beveled surfaces and vibrant color accents. Price: $250.



On/Off Mug

“At plain sight On/Off Mug32 is a standard black mug as they come a dime a dozen and in big white letters it say OFF. Nothing fancy, but once you add the hot beverage of your choice, the mug changes color and is turning white and in big black letters it states: ON. Dishwasher safe of course!” Price: $25. [via Neatorama33]


Drink Selector Mug

Drink Selector Mug35 allows you to define your preferences just on your mug. Twist rings to reveal your choice of drink and your milk and sugar preferences. Among available options: Decaf, Mocha, Tea, Latte, Cappuccino, Herb Tea, Hot Chocolate, plus various further options to get your morning drink just the way you like it. Price: $23.99.


9 to 5 Laptop Sleeve

At last! 9 to 5 Laptop Sleeve37 is a laptop sleeve that you can bring with you to corporate America. Designed with a heavy duty vinyl and padded with 1/4 fabric backed foam. Flannel lining may vary depending on availability. Price: $40.



Laptop Hideaway

Laptop Hideaway40 is made to sit on the floor next to your couch (or bed, chair, or desk). It keeps your laptop protected, easy to reach, and hidden away from view. Works with 15.4-inch laptops-both widescreen and standard. $49.99.



Dynamic Life Shirts: Proximity Effect

You both wear these 8-Bit Dynamic Life shirts43, and the closer you get to each other, the more hearts light up on your chest. Its default state has two hearts a-glowing, displaying that special place she has in your heart even when you’re far away. Get within hugging distance, and the removable animated decals go nuts with all six hearts a-blazin’. Price: $25. [via Dvice44]


Tik-Tak Clock

Tik-Tak Clock46: “I wanted to express time differently – with a decorative impact as well as a practical function. The powder coated shades of grey give depth to the piece, whilst the red second hand emphasises time’s continual movement.” Price: £89.00 [via Watchismo47]


Squeezebox Duet

Squeezebox Duet is a network music system. It allows you to play songs stored on your PC, tune in to Web radio stations, or connect to online services such as Pandora and Rhapsody. Plus, the multi-room controller with 2.4-inch color display and scroll-wheel navigation enables you to browse, select, and play music from the palm of your hand. $399.99.


BTC Dual Monitor 150 DS

BTC 150 DS49 is a dual monitor both of which is flexible enough to change its position according to your needs. Price: unknown.


Logitech Di-Novo Mini & Di-Novo Edge

“All you long-time diNovo loving fans can take heart — Logitech’s finally given a major overhaul to our favorite ultraslim, tactile, stylie keyboard and mouse. The new diNovo Edge51 (which runs on Bluetooth, of course) finally fixes some of the long standing issues we’ve had with the keyboard, including having an integrated battery (plus dock / charging cradle, much like Logitech’s mice have long since had — a single charge should supposedly last two months), light-up function keys that show which key mode you’re in.”




PieLamp + Bookshelf

Pretty colorful and unusual design solution — for a lamp and a bookshelf. Price: unknown.



Bonus: Home Theater

No, it’s not for sale, but it should be! The music engineer Jeremy Kipnis sure knows his entertainment. His gigantic home entertainment system54 is not only filthy posh, it’s actually quite a bargain for US $6 million. The picture elements alone are composed of a Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector with a 4,096-by-2,160 resolution and the Stewart Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen stands at a mammoth 18 x 10-foot which is nearly equivalent to an actual theater screen viewed from the balcony!” [via BornRich55]


Bonus: Computer and Coffee On The Go

The Yuno PC57 is a new personal computer concept designed to help you get the most out of your morning without holding you back or constraining you to a desktop PC. Everyone has their own routine, what they read, watch, listen to, and of course drink. The Yuno PC mug incorporates all the important morning alerts such as weather, time, traffic, stocks, and more on its touchscreen display. You can also display your own images as a screensaver if you just want to relax. It lets you enjoy the morning the way you deserve to, stress free and highly caffeinated.


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  1. 1

    haha that’s so cool!

    That Coffee gadget is sick!

    The Clock is insane!

    Most of all the other ones are awesome too! :)

  2. 52

    Some pretty cool stuff, definitely some far fetched ideas. Weather updates on my coffee mug would be awesome but I have to say totally impractical.

    On the other side of the coffee spectrum, that ON/OFF mug is awesome!

  3. 103

    I like the Sound Speaker System 500 XL, Tik-Tak Clock and the On/Off Mug. Great list.

  4. 154

    I checked out the link for the home theater system. I can’t imagine where they happened to hide all the wiring. In one pic, you can see the back of the speaker where the wires are supposed to go and voila!, there are no wires hooked up to it.

  5. 205

    Cool gadgets! Especially fun I thought the heart T-shirt and the on/off coffee cup.

  6. 256

    What about the Macbook air?

  7. 307

    You guys are losing me. I don’t visit SM for this, if I want cool gadgets I’ll go to gizmodo.


  8. 358

    true, the 500xl speakers are a funny visual gag. we’ve all see them a hundred times, earlier this year on the interblog. sadly, they don’t seem to be available for sale. the awful photoshop composite is a dead giveaway of their vaporwareness. the dilbert laptop case is just plain gay. if it were constructed from actual shirts etc, it’d be a different story. vinyl? poor choice. thanks, china.

    d. pine

    ps-do what you do best…create unique and useful content. leave the novelties and executive toys to fingerhut or skymall.

  9. 409

    omg! ill buy the 500XL speakers if i have the chance! :D

  10. 460

    The PieLamp is my favorite. A matching light switch cover with a customizable color key would be a nice add-on : )

  11. 511


  12. 562

    Awesome stuff! And by the way, I’m a spelling nazi: It’s “for sale,” not “for sell,” and “caffeinated.”

  13. 613

    The book shelf is realy blowing my mind ;-)

  14. 664

    What the…? That stuff is like WOAH.

  15. 715

    the stuffs really great! i want it all soooo bad;)

  16. 766

    Bad taste technology…:-S

  17. 817

    Oh! I really like the Dynamic Life Shirts. How romantic :)

  18. 868

    All of this Shite is useless garbage. Honestly, useless, stupid garbage. Where the feck are the jet packs, super lasers and all that gid darn shite I cannot even fathom!

    This is all weak. So very weak. Mind blowing gadgets? These are typical bourgeois trinkets. Mind blowing? Really? Honestly?

    All of the time and money that went into this crap would be better suited elsewhere. Sickening. Everyone here is a peasant, wtf are you doing praising this?

  19. 919

    This stuff is iceberg cool!

  20. 970

    I couldn’t agree more. This list is like a parody – there is not one single item on this list I would even take if given to me for free, let alone pay money for. “Mind-blowing” – yeah, right!! Mind blowing in the sense that you realize how shallow and pathetic your mind would really be if you actually coveted any of this stupid BS.

    Whenever I hear anyone complain about the idiotic consumer culture in this country and how people are being conditioned by large marketing corporations to buy nonsense products they don’t need, I’ll be sure to refer them to this site to help confirm their claims.

  21. 1021

    A retro 60’s radio is “mind-blowing”? Lame.

  22. 1072
  23. 1123

    would like to get a catalog

    4704 heritage dr
    durham nc 27712

  24. 1174

    It was wonderful and very sophisticated
    Ba feel proud

  25. 1225

    Its awesome man
    but how to send it to friends? there is no option.

  26. 1276


    March 16, 2009 4:36 am

    wow awesome gadgets it is really mind blowing thanks for posting this cool stuff.very soon i can have all that cool gadgets i am super rich.

  27. 1327

    what is this world coming to? it’s end, of course,
    and all we can think about are touch screen coffee mugs and extra surround sound to blow out your hearing?
    how about a curing cancer gadget? now THAT would be truly MIND-BLOWING.

  28. 1378

    Good evening. Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.
    I am from Gabon and learning to write in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Outdoor wall clock, bronze colour,new in box.”

    Best regards 8), Valeria.

  29. 1429

    Sorry. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
    I am from Bulgaria and learning to speak English, give true I wrote the following sentence: “Weight based pricing of airline tickets.”

    Thanks :p. Hadrian.

  30. 1480

    I really want ‘Computer and Coffee on the go’ it looks brill

  31. 1531

    wow…Amazing Gadgets!! I just LOVE the LOGITECH Stuff!! Simply Amazing..

    Bharath Reddy

  32. 1582

    noooooooooooooooooooot bat..

  33. 1633

    energy monitoring

    July 5, 2010 10:52 pm

    I so want the bookshelf and the PieLamp. I also really love the zeppelin ipod speakers, shame I don’t have an ipod. I wonder if it works with other mp3 players. All the best speakers are for ipods but I just really do not want an ipod, they are unreliable as hell.

  34. 1684

    Concordo plenamente com tudo que foi dito. Abençoado seja.

  35. 1735

    I can’t think I have ever seen your website using this many commentary in it!


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