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Office 2013 Customer Preview

Office 2013 Customer Preview

The latest edition of Microsoft’s office suite focuses on portability and connectivity. Skype is integrated with the programs, and there will be full versions on Windows 8 tablets.

Desktop Ballista

Desktop Ballista

A fully-functional desktop replica of a Roman ballista – capable of firing not deadly shield-piercing bolts, but toothpicks. Be careful though, or you’ll shoot your eye orange out, kid.

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Focal Locus Workstation

Focal Locus Workstation

The Locus desk and chair encourage a position halfway between sitting and standing. Both pieces are highly adjustable so you can find a position that works for you, your tools and your workflow.

IdeaPaint CLEAR

IdeaPaint CLEAR
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This special clear finish can be applied to any interior wood or painted surface to convert it into a custom dry-erase drawing board. Who ever said whiteboards needed to be white?

Scissortape

Scissortape
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The Swiss army knife, er, scissors for cubicle and domestic soldiers, this pair of scissors has a tape dispenser integrated into its handle. We’re waiting for the cutter and stapler combo.

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Former UC Berkeley QB Joe Ayoob and airplane builder John Collins recently set a world distance record with a flight that never left its hangar at McClellan Air Force Base; he tossed a paper airplane over 226 feet. (Thanks Triston!)

Hankie Pocketbook

Hankie Pocketbook
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This wonderfully designed notepad has a pointed top and a cover that resembles textile, making it look like a pocket square when stowed on your suit or shirt pocket. Available in black, white and red.

The Hub & Mini Hub

The Hub & Mini Hub
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Invented by Chadwick Parker and Joe Huang, the Hub and Mini Hub are aluminum receptacles that convert your existing cords into retractable ones, making it easy to store and organize them.

Paper Airplane Notepad

Paper Airplane Notepad
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Tap into your inner distracted schoolkid with this paper airplane notepad. Simply write your note on one of the 5 different paper plane designs, fold along the dotted lines and send your message.

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener
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Pinocchio, the little wooden boy with truth issues turns your pencil into a lie-detecting proboscis as he sharpens it to a fine point. Makes less sense without a pencil shoved into it, though.

3M Permanent Marker Eraser

3M Permanent Marker Eraser
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Hate when some permanently defaces your whiteboard with a Sharpie? 3M’s whiteboard eraser takes care of both permanent marker and dry erase stains with just a bit of water.

Plug Hub

Plug Hub

The Plug Hub not only lets you cover up your power cords, it also lets you coil them up neatly, thanks to the integrated anchors inside. Place it under your desk or mount it on your wall.

Mini Cargo Crates

Mini Cargo Crates
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From the makers of the pallet coasters comes another miniaturized industrial staple. The Inbox mini cargo crates look exactly the same as their life-sized counterparts and are just as useful too.

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West Elm Lap Desk

West Elm Lap Desk
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A combination of a lacquered solid wood surface atop a soft cotton cushion provides both a stable and comfortable working surface while you lounge on the couch. Measures 18″ x 15″ x 3″.

DrawTop

DrawTop
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Maximize your laptop’s usefulness with DrawTop, a vinyl adhesive that can be used as a whiteboard. Use it for work, to make notes, to doodle or to personalize your laptop. Also available for tablets.

Bamboo Puzzle Laptop Stand

Bamboo Puzzle Laptop Stand
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Minimal, but multifunctional laptop stands from Etsy seller GreenTunaDesign. The stands have a hole to help with cable management and a slot for an external keyboard. Can also be used as bookends.

SciXorx

SciXorx
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If you only need a pair of portable scissors, save yourself the hassle of popping out and wrestling with the tiny cutting tools in most Swiss Army knives and just get a pair of these instead.

Cantilevered Laptop Desks

Cantilevered Laptop Desks
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Etsy seller dniceboater makes these desks using wood, bronze and aluminum with brass, copper or steel bases. They make great stand-up desks or bed desks, but they need to have lockable wheels.

Chalkboard Skull

Chalkboard Skull
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Perfect for tracking the next person on your hit list, this plastic skull model has been covered with enamel chalkboard paint for these and other random evil thoughts. Totally beats sticky notes.

Cas Hanwei Mark 1 Letter Opener

Cas Hanwei Mark 1 Letter Opener
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No, you can’t use this thing to stop spammers from filling your Gmail box, but you can slice your snail mail open in seconds with this opener based on a vintage 1918 “knuckle-duster” trench knife.

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GeekDesk

GeekDesk

An electronically height-adjustable desk. GeekDesk 2 goes from 21″ to 48″ high with a lifting capacity of 275lbs, while GeekDesk Max goes from 23″ to 49″ and lifts up to 335lbs. Demo videos here.

H2Office

H2Office

Brings new meaning to “work at home,” floating your telecommuting space on the water, instead of on land. The 245+ sq. ft. office (plus deck) offers ample room for both work and entertaining.

Chalkboard Office Accessories

Chalkboard Office Accessories
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Office staples – pencil cup, file box and magazine holder – made of wood composite and painted with a chalkboard surface. Add labels, write notes or just doodle on them. Includes one piece of chalk.

Hand Paper Shredder

Hand Paper Shredder
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A 6″ x 1 1/2″ paper shredder that doesn’t require an artificial power source to operate – simply twist both ends in opposite directions to make it shred. Just don’t let kids get their hands on it.

Karton Cardboard Furniture

Karton Cardboard Furniture

Home and office furniture made of 100% recyclable high-grade corrugated paper board. They are easy to assemble and disassemble, and can even be painted or varnished. (In Australia only for now.)

Ostrich Desk Pillow

Ostrich Desk Pillow

This odd ‘pocket pillow’ from design firm kawamura-ganjavian looks perfect for catching some z’s during your lunch break and/or hiding from that looming deadline all day.

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