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Duo AI Mirror

It’s first and foremost a mirror, though the Duo AI Mirror is quick to reveal its high tech inner workings when spoken to or touched. Think of this elegant, inconspicuous computer as an Echo or Google home, just with a visual interface as well in the form of a 27-inch 1080p multitouch display hidden behind a one-way mirror. Duo can play music, videos, display the weather, show you the news, as…

GET IT: $400

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Rocketbook Everlast Notebook

Could one notebook last you the rest of your life? If it had ten or twenty thousand pages, maybe. More practical though is Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook. Couple the notebook with Pilot’s Frixion pens and you can write normally like on regular old paper. But grab a moist tissue or towel and the pages wipe completely clean, a bit like erasing a whiteboard. While the pages are made of a synthetic polyester blend…

GET IT: $34

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Mangoslab Nemonic Sticky Notes Printer

If you rely on sticky notes as heavily as we do you’ll be just as intrigued about the Mangoslab Nemonic Sticky Notes Printer. Developed as part of Samsung’s C-Lab venture program and spun off as its own startup, Mangoslab’s compact, cubic printer fires off printed sticky notes in seconds from a computer or wireless connected mobile device, quicker and more cleanly than can be done by hand. It comes in…

GET IT: $TBA

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Herman Miller Aeron

Originally launched in 1994, the Herman Miller Aeron was revolutionary for its substitution of cushions for elastomeric fabric that eliminated pressure points, greatly increased breathability, and eradicated discomfort. The new Aeron is instead evolutionary. It improves upon the original’s performance thanks to a redesigned, smoother tilt mechanism with an optimized balance point between tilted and upright, PostureFit SL spinal support that now boasts two adjustable pads to cradle the natural curvature of the spine, and 8Z…

GET IT: $780

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Zei Time Tracker

Tracking the time you spend on various activities is tremendously difficult, in part because the monitoring process takes so much time itself. The Zei Time Tracker does this effortlessly and intuitively. This white polygon boasts eight blank sides that can be written or annotated on and that are simultaneously assigned to the same task digitally. Every time you switch activity just flip it to the corresponding side and the device starts counting seconds, later transmitting…

GET IT: ~$77

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HMM TapeDispenser

If less design is better, then the HMM TapeDispenser, made of precisely machined aluminum, is best. This naturally weighted tape dispenser is a cube-shaped, pruned down version of typically large models, slicing off about two-thirds of the body size while still remaining fully functional for one-handed use. The tape holder attaches to its base magnetically and a square toothed cutter block made of hard-anodized aluminum cuts tape efficiently and more cleanly…

GET IT: $46+

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Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser

Finding the end of the tape on a roll often takes an eternity. Cleverly, the Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser eliminates this problem like a normal tape dispenser might but without the actual dispenser — and with a cutting edge far more efficient than plastic. Zyp-Zyp is manufactured in Germany by centrifugal casting of Nicaflor, a copper, nickel and tin alloy, and installs on standard tape rolls 12mm in width and of any diameter. The way…

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Best Made Field Desk

Ok, so you’ll need some sort of surface set it up on. From there on, the Best Made Field Desk will take care of the rest. Designed in collaboration with Gerstner case makers and illustrator/artist Ross MacDonald, this briefcase is made of kiln-dried American cherry that’s fitted with brass hardware and a leather carry handle. Open it up to reveal a red aniline-dryed leather writing surface that lifts up…

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Opløft Sit Stand Desk

Many standing desks are big, lumbering contraptions that we wouldn’t describe as minimal in any way. Conversely, we would the Opløft Sit Stand Desk. Opløft can be raised from essentially completely flat to almost 16 inches and literally anywhere in between, adjusted thanks to a handle and a stepless locking system. As it’s raised the desk platform moves forward to make more room for your legs (since you’d naturally not want them to touch the desk Opløft…

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Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Compared to typing on a slick glass screen, writing on paper is pure pleasure. Too bad, then, that it’s not as practical when it comes to archiving, duplicating content, editing, and so on. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set fuses digital convenience and analog methodology, taking everything you write with the Moleskine Pen+ on a Moleskine Paper Tablet and replicating it on their iOS/Android Notes App in real time. It can convert your scribbling into images,…

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Edge Desk

Chances are high that your chair and desk combo wears you out after a few hours, making working or studying even more of a chore than it already was. The Edge Desk aims to help you find a better, more ergonomic bodily position that’ll stave off back strain and pain — and therefore increase productivity — by fusing a desk with a kneeling chair. Two thick, padded knee rests and a…

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Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks

Creativity is fuelled by surrounding inspiration. And if you’re looking for a handsome notebook to write in it’s hard to beat Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks. Each boasts two 0.08-inch thin five ply genuine walnut covers — both on the front and back — that are bound together using a brass double coil and sandwiched over 100% post consumer recycled paper that comes in plain, ruled, or dot grid. And if…

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Mikol Marble Notebooks

Marble long exemplified luxury. Thing is the stuff is always either too heavy or too fragile (when cut thin), and thus classically confined to use in property. Mikol’s line of Marble Notebooks manages to integrate the stunning-but-delicate material thanks to refined methods for cutting and manipulating it, affixing real marble into both front and back covers. Laminated webbing and recycled corrugate between the marble grains let the covers flex, not shatter, and a lay-flat design allows the…

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Oristand Standing Desk

Standing desks don’t come cheap — not most of them, anyway. But the Oristand Standing Desk is undeniably affordable, granting its user a healthy alternative to sitting while working that’s made entirely out of industrial-grade cardboard. It’s easily strong enough to support the weight of even the heaviest laptop and provides a stepped surface that’s plenty wide for a keyboard and mouse. When you don’t need it Oristand folds flat, and…

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Refold Standing Desk

It’s nothing fancy, but if you’ve been looking for a simple standing desk this is it. The Refold Standing Desk weighs in at just over 14 pounds and is made entirely of cardboard. Though that’s not to say Refold is weak: its surface can hold up to 190 pounds, easily supporting your entire workstation. Else, it assembles in less than two minutes from its four parts, comes in three heights to accommodate different…

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Epson PaperLab Recycling System

Chances are your office produces a lot of paper waste. And with Epson’s upcoming PaperLab Recycling System, the process that transforms used paper into fresh, blank sheets can be carried out entirely in-house, simultaneously sparing the need for confidential destruction of sensitive material. Feed documents in on one side and fire up the machine. About three minutes later, the first new sheet emerges, followed by many more — up to 14 sheets of A4 a minute, or…

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2016 Standard Memorandum

When the blinding 100W light hits your eyes blacking out your surroundings, you’ll be glad to have the 2016 Standard Memorandum to remind you what you were doing on the night of June 17. The Standard Memorandum is Jon Contino’s modern take on a pocket journal from the early 1900’s. Why paper? The Standard Memorandum was born after Jon discovered his grandfather’s journals, since nothing captures emotion like…

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Review: InMovement Elevate Desktop DT2 Sit-To-Stand Desk

Chances are you sit too much. We undoubtedly do, and it’s always seemed to be an integral and impossible-to-avoid downside to working with a computer. But there’s hope with the advent of sit-to-stand desks in recent years, the specific benefits of which we won’t go into. These range in price from sub hundred dollar portable stands to several thousand dollar motorized desks that raise themselves at the push of a button. We…

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LEVIT8

Sit-stand desks range in price from a couple hundred to over a thousand dollars. LEVIT8 was created to come in at the very bottom of that price range and is portable to boot. Shaped and sized like a large, thin notebook, open LEVIT8 and fold along its crossing lines to set up a strong and stable work surface suitable for your laptop. Water-repellent and stain proof fabricsprotects it from coffee spills and its slim profile lets it slip into…

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Wipebook

When most notebooks are full, you throw them out — or archive them for a later date (i.e. likely never). But not Wipebook, which contains whiteboard-like pages that can be drawn on, erased, and then drawn on again, basically forever, in part thanks to their Hypergloss film formula that erases easily but won’t smudge on other sheets or your hand. Get one in various sizes including 10 page workbooks, spiral notebooks, and…

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Typodarium 2016

If you’re as much as slightly design-oriented, you already know how vital exploring new typography can be. Problem is that options are nigh unlimited and going through font repositories can be dizzying, to say the least. Taking a slower, more methodical approach is Typodarium 2016, a tear off day calendar that presents you with a different font sample for every calendar day of the year — 366 in this case, since 2016 is…

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Kokuyo Beetle Tip 3-Way Highlighter

Highlighters are amongst the clumsiest of writing implements, laying down thick, brightly colored ink whether you like it or not. The Kokuyo Beetle Tip 3-Way Highlighter instead lets you instead highlight using either a bold, thin, or double line thanks to its unique tip design. Just don’t press too hard on the thin tip, lest you flatten it out. Grab a 5 color set on Amazon – $9 [via]

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Bluelounge Portiko

Your power hungry electronics need juice, especially out of the house or office. The Bluelounge Portiko keeps power close by, doubling as a 6-foot long extension cord while also splitting it up into two 110V outlets and two USB ports good for you and a friend (or just you and a lot of devices). It also includes a self-adhesive metal plate to mount on a wall or a desk where frequently…

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Roost Laptop Stand 2

The use of laptop stands has greatly improved this writer’s workplace posture. Only one issue: it took two, plus a thick book, to get the screen to the right height. The new Roost Laptop Stand 2 gets it done single handedly, and is portable to boot. Roost is compatible with all laptops with a front edge of less than 0.75″ thick — essentially all of them — and folds or unfolds with a single linear motion,…