Office stapler with staple-gun tech.

We had never heard of this stapler before we looked in on the JND web page, where Don Norman writes on good design and related topics. The stapler is called PaperPro and it uses a new (at least for staplers) approach inspired by – staple-guns. The staples uses an arrangement of levers and springs to load and enhance the power that is applied to the handle in order to release that power accurately and powerfully at the right moment. The model above is promised to staple up to 20 pages of paper, but there are other models available, too, both one smaller and one more powerful. Available from, among other places, Amazon- at about USD 19:-.brbr

Electric 12V jack for your car.

After the electric air pump, it was probably only a matter of time before someone came up with the electric jack. May it even came first. We do not know; today is actually the first time we have seen one. But of course this must be smart, since the ever popular SUV’s are getting bigger and heavier all the time. Changing wheels or fixing a flat on an Escalade or Suburban must be hell. It is probably no picnic on a KingCab either. Now that the power jack is only a credit card swipe away, we are waiting for the next big thing, some sort of small power crane to get those big and heavy wheels in place. The power jack is available (among other places) on Amazon, is promised to lift 4.000 lb. and will set you back USD 76:- which sounds reasonable enough, but shipping is of course extra.brbr

Splash proof recipe holder.

The makers of Clipline sent us a sample some time back, but we have frankly had a hard time figuring out what we would want to do with it. The Clipline consists of a sheet of plexiglas a wooden holder (available in lots of sizes and colors) and screws to put it up. You screw the holder and the sheet of plexi to the wall and – presto! – you have a picture holder that allows easy exchange of pictures. We do not feel any urgent need to put photos on our walls, but if we had had a brick-and-mortar store, we would have used it for display purposes. After some thinking, however, we have figured out what we would want to use it for – as a recipe holder on the back-splash. This version takes A4-paper (the size we use to print recipes from the ‘net) and it is SEK 250:- (approx. USD 35:50) on Clipline’s website.brbr

Kid’s backpack with integrated car seat.

This invention by Maria Munther at Minno is a clever combination of school backpack and car seat for kids up to 10 – 12 years old. If one parent takes their child to school, and the other parent (or grandpa) is to pick up after school, you really should need two or more of the kid’s car seats to make sure they ride safe in the car. Even though our young no longer need car seats, we can still remember the hassle of moving the seats around between cars. With Maria Munther’s SitSac that is no longer necessary. With the SitSac every child has their own personal car seat and school backpack in one tidy combination. The carrying straps of the backpack is fastened to the car seat and the backpack is in turn fastened to the car seat. The backpack has lots of pockets and compartments and the car seat part even has a hard compartment for fragile stuff, like a small laptop (like a Sony Vaio) perhaps. If everything goes according to plan, SitSac will be available in shops during the spring (2007) and it’s SRP is SEK 795:- (approx. USD 113:- or EUR 88:-).brbr

Photo quiz solution. Congratulations to Anders F.!

Yesterday’s picture quiz seems to have been harder than we thought, and we have e-mails with everything from frost to micro fibers close up. Of all the contestants, however, Anders F. got in the right answer first but we must give an honorable mention to frequent suggestions contributor Austin L. who was runner-up with in effect the same solution. So what was that in the picture? Well, it was a classic ostrich feather duster close-up. See the thing in it’s entirety above. If you want a closer look at yesterday’s picture you’ll find a larger version here.brbr
The duster comes from Sahlins Struts in Borlänge (struts = ostrich) and we found it at Formex last Sunday. What struck us when we looked closely at the ostrich feathers was how they resembled fractals or the micro fibers in synthetic products like cloths or brushes. Could it be that ostrich feathers are nature’s own micro fibers? And could it be that the ostrich feather’s tendency to take a static electrical charge made them such a good natural duster?brbr

Pocket sized soft miracle brush.

Small micro fiber miracle brushes are not exactly news, we have seen several versions of those. But we think this take on the subject is actually new. At least we have never seen any other products with this idea. The smart part is that the entire brush is textile, and thus soft and easy to keep in a pocket or purse. We first saw the idea at the Formex show a year ago, when inventor Wanja Bellander at Binnova had brought a first prototype to test reactions. Obviously Formex visitors were (as were we) interested enough for Binnova to start production. The Handy Dandy palm brush has micro fibers on one side and an elastic on the other. Put it over your hand and you have an instant clothes brush you can bring along wherever you go.brbr

Reader contest! What is this?

The picture above is… well, what is it? Is it plant, mineral or animal? Land living or sea dwelling? If you think you know what this is, you have the chance to win 4 sets of smart Button Clips (2 black and 2 white). More on Button Clips here. We will reward the four first to mail us the correct answer, so mail us your answer right away. Welcome, and good luck!brbr

Tourist map with a built-in compass.

This is an invention we wish we had come up with ourselves. We bought this map at Borders in San Francisco a couple of years back, but it has been put away and forgotten in our California file since our return. Today, while looking for something else, we found it. The map is printed on heavy glossy paper, and besides the map and the smart compass it also offers a section on sights and interesting to-do’s in SFCA. The Imap guides are available for a lot of different cities around the world for USD 6:95, although all may not have the clever

Smart Stuff in fokus.

Yesterday the story on smart inventions we had helped them put together appeared in Fokus, the Swedish weekly current affairs magazine. Fokus picked five of the smart products we’ve posted; the O’Tom tick twister, the smart ice bottle we bought at Mats Theselius’ shop, the wine cooling rod from Leopold, Marie-Louise Janssons’ safety handle for kid’s bikes and the smart Coolskin oven glove. In the end, though, the Fokus people proved to be unexpectedly miserly on giving credit, so we’re not too happy with them at this point.brbr

Order the smart Coolskin oven gloves from us!

The smart Nomex Coolskin oven glove is one of our favorites, and soon we’ll be able to offer them for sale here on Smart Stuff. The first shipment will not be all that large, so if you want to be sure to get your hands on a pair, we recommend you to pre-order on this page. The page also offers a lot more information on the Coolskin gloves and instructions how to pick the right size. Since we don’t yet know exacly how much we are going to have to charge for them after shipping, excise, VAT etc, (probably around SEK 250:-/USD 35:-/EUR 27:- a pair) we’ll regard these early pre-orders not binding.brbr