Archive for the ‘gadgets’ Category

The Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball | Socially Conscious Gift Idea From Trims

March

A Socially Conscious Gift Idea — SOCCKET

Image via SOCCKET Kickstarter page

Did you know that over 1.3 billion people worldwide are living without reliable access to electricity? This is according to Uncharted Play, the creators of SOCCKET, a soccer ball that harnesses energy from your kickin’ feet. Thank you, bipedalism!

The ball employs a “pendulum-like mechanism” that gathers kinetic energy and stores the power for use as a power source. Play soccer for 30 minutes and it’ll power 3 hours of LED light.

Since creating the prototype, Uncharted Play has brought SOCCKETs to families who don’t have reliable power and teachers who want to teach their students about energy, poverty and entrepreneurship.

TED Conferences called the SOCCKET “an invention with revolutionary potential for developing the world.” David Kappos, the former director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, said, “This is exactly what America needs … I want a SOCCKET in every school across the country to show young people that invention is possible.”

We like to be there as revolutionary products break onto the scene so that we can continue to bring our clients new, thoughtful products. We’ll keep our eyes on Uncharted Play as the company grows.

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5 New Add-ons for Your iPad | Cutting-Edge Corporate Gifts From Trims

February

Tech-inspired corporate gift ideas from Trims Unlimited

Looking for the perfect wares for your beloved iPad? We’ve found some tablet accessories that had their start with crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The people have spoken!

For the lounger: The Monkey Kit

Octa Monkey

Octa’s Monkey Kit employs its Money Tail to prop up your iPad in almost any way you can imagine. Like reading Buzzfeed while hanging from a tree? The Monkey Kit has you covered. It hit its Kickstarter funding goal four times over and is available to ship April 2013.

For the wordsmith: The Jot Touch

Corporate gift ideas: Jot Touch Stylus

The Jot Touch is the crème de la crème of the stylus world and the perfect corporate gift for the meeting-goer. The Jot Touch includes the precision disc of its classic predecessor and new features like pressure sensitivity and a sound dampening tip. The Touch also has palm rejection which lets you rest your hand on the screen without leaving an unwanted blob in your notes

For the audiophile: Zooka Bluetooth speakers

Corporate gift ideas: Zooka portable speakers

The Zooka Wireless Speaker Bar almost tripled its funding goal on Kickstarter when it was featured last year. The bar works for tablets, smart phones, laptops or media players and hits you with five times the sound of  built-in speakers.

For the typist: The Touchfire

Corporate Gift Ideas: The Touchfire Keyboard for iPad

The Touchfire goes over your iPad keyboard to “put the touch back into typing.” I think this would make typing on the iPad feel a lot less like playing QWERTY air guitar and a lot more like chipping away at a classic keyboard. I’ll let you decide which you prefer, but being an airband legend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Believe me, my team tied for second place at our middle school airband competition and we didn’t see a penny.

For the sun worshipper: SunVolt Portable Solar Power Station

Corporate Gift Ideas: SunVolt  Portable Solar Power Station

The SunVolt Solar Station more than doubled its funding goal of $30,000 last year. With enough sun, the SunVolt can charge multiple devices just as quickly as plugging them into the wall would. It’s light and easy to set up. It’s great for the planet earth lover, survivalist and average resourceful Joe alike.

We love to introduce you to some of the newest and most innovative products out there. To learn more about our finds, contact us here.

New Eyes on Old Toys | Sentimental Promotional Products

February

5 Unique Promotional Products for Your Next Corporate Event

We’ve seen it with bell bottoms and we’ve seen it with crop tops. What’s old is suddenly new again, and people either cringe or throw on a pair of cut-offs. It’s almost inevitable with fashion, but luckily, we’re not here to talk about nylon track suits. Unless we were. But we aren’t.

Here are a few completely un-wearable, and therefore un-embarassing, old school trinkets we love — with a modern spin:

1. The modern mix tape:

Promotional products: Sharetape

It’s not the squealing cassette tape you remember, but it’s a perfectly acceptable homage. Sharetape allows you to buy tapes and record playlists from Spotify, YouTube, 8Tracks. To listen, friends can either tap with an Android device or scan the QR code to listen straight from their phone.

2. Throwback photo viewer:

Promotional Products: Classic Viewer

Recognize this? It’s hard for me to look at this without feeling pretty giddy. Custom reels make it even more personal.

3. Vintage rock posters reimagined:

Promotional Product: Book, Swissted

The Swissted book offers a modern twist on rock posters of yesteryear.

4. Bring your 35mm film to your iPhone:

Promotional Product: Photography, Lomography

Lomography recently took this film scanner to Kickstarter and got. business. done. It’s now available to Kickstarter backers and I can’t wait to get one. It’s the only foreseeable cure for my boxes and boxes of film, and to top it off, it looks cool.

5. eBook jacket

Promotional product: Vintage Book Sleeve

Out of Print offers eBook jackets for iPad, Kindle Fire, Kobo Glo and Nexus 7. These jackets are made by the oldest bookbindery in the U.S., so they’re meant to feel like the real thing. Options include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Road, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and more.

Contact us for more information about these products.

Stay groovy!

Wearable Technology: Are We Cool With This? | Tech Corporate Gifts

February

The iWatch may be your future corporate gift from Trims

Corporate Gift of the future: Apple Smartwatch | Trims Unlimited

If I ask you what time it is, do you look to your cell phone or to your wrist for the answer? Soon both might mean the same thing.

We’ve been glued to our phones for information since … er, oops. It seems technology has caused me to lose all perception of time and space. Let’s just say it’s been awhile.  For many, watches have become more of an accessory than a thing of utility.  I haven’t owned a watch since I was timing breath-holding contests, but it seems like we’re about to make a shift. Watches are morphing into something very Bond-esque.

Apple? Did somebody say Apple?

Last week it was reported by multiple anonymous Apple employees that a new wrist watch is in development. Now Bloomberg is reporting  that there’s a team — rolling 100 people deep — that is working on the smartwatch, and that it has moved past the testing phase.

So … this is happening.

The watch would operate on the iOS operating system and is expected to feature the paper-like, bendable glass developed by Corning.

We’ve seen products such as the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone’s Up that track activity, but that kind of communication is limited in comparison. Is now the time for wearable technology?

While I’m still grappling with my answer, Google’s already looking to land prime real estate on our faces with Google Glass. Here’s what Google has in mind for the end of 2013.

Granted, we’re already in the habit of wiring into our gadgets – attaching them to our ears or strapping them to our arms during a run. We have a ridiculous habit of holding our phones out in front of our faces (remember the woman who fell into a fountain while texting?). Maybe we need to take a step back, or maybe we’re too ready.

I’ll certainly take a smartwatch over my old breath-holding timer, but when the conversation turns to smart glasses – I like the way the world looks through my own eyes just fine. Buzz me on my smartwatch in a few years and we’ll see if I’m cool enough for a pair then.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn of developments in wearable technology.

For more information, please contact info@trimsunlimited.com

Yea, the 3D Sketch pen is Happening | Corporate Gifts From Trims

February

3D Sketch Pen: Your future corporate gift?

Courtesy of WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler is an insane pen from the wild, right-now future that allows you to draw in the air — yep, in the air. Its creators have dubbed it “The World’s First 3D Printing Pen,” and … we believe it.

It uses plastic filament to create “wire-like artwork.” WobbleWorks has enlisted the creative minds of Etsy wire artists to show off its product. But would you know what to do with it? According to its creators Pete and Max, “If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use a 3Doodler.”

If it hadn’t already made so much money, we’d wonder if it were really possible. It launched on Kickstarter on Feb. 19 and by day’s end it had already raised over $500,000, greatly surpassing its $30,000 funding goal. As of today, it’s swinging well over a million and funding doesn’t end until March 25. With more than a month to go, can we expect this rate of funding to continue? Like, to the tune of $10 million? That’s a lot of doodling.

Their goal is to make 3D capabilities more accessible, which is reflected in its current sticker price of $75-$99.

Arguably, the greatest part of this product is saying “3Doodler” out loud to a coworker and then trying to explain yourself. It could be an awesome product for people in design, or people who just want to render 3D artwork of themselves to hang around the office.

You can keep up with the Kickstarter page here, or feel free to contact us for more information.

The Lego of Speakers | Corporate Gifts from Trims

February

Nixon Blaster

A corporate gift that brings the noise

Nixon is due to release its award-winning Bluetooth speaker this May. The Blaster, which has already nabbed a win in the accessories category at the 2013 ISPO awards, has a similar look to Jawbone’s wireless speaker with one blow-me-away difference: The Blaster touts an 18-hour battery life on a single charge.

Plus, the divots and solid red color sort of scream Lego, and who doesn’t secretly want a huge Lego that spews tunes from their nightstand? Riddle me that.

This year’s panel at ISPO Munich, an international multi-segment trade show for sports business, praised the Blaster’s “virtually indestructible exterior, modern design and custom construction signature to Nixon design.” It’s a great gift for any modern audiophile – even a clumsy one who often misplaces chargers, since it holds a hefty charge and knows how to take a tumble.

Nixon began in California as a watch and accessories brand and has recently evolved to include audio products, as well as leather and softgoods. We appreciate brands that are always looking to take it to the next level – to turn up the volume, so to speak(er).

We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.

For more information, contact us at info@trimsunlimited.com

Photos in a Flash

July

iPhone printer - the gift of convenienceIt’s summer – time for vacations, daytrips, and lots and lots of photos. With the ease, convenience and quality of tablet and mobile phone photography, we have the luxury of documenting every moment. Sharing via email and transferring files at the end of the day are a piece of cake. But what about getting actual prints? It’s still headache!

Enter Photos in a Flash: for about $100, the Compact Photo Cube Printer eliminates the hassle. Just find a photo, connect an iPhone, and choose “Print” for beautiful 4×6 photos. PCMag.com said “setup couldn’t be easier,” and calls the corresponding app “the essence of simplicity.” Give the gift of instant gratification.

 

For more information, contact us at info@trimsunlimited.com

The Wake-up Light: Rise and sun-SHINE

July

Wake-up LightGive the gift of a summer morning, every morning

Six am rolls around every day, like clockwork, whether we like it or not. Wouldn’t it be lovely to awake each day with sun streaming through the window?

Enter the Wake-Up Light, technology’s answer to Mother Nature and the gloom of an early winter’s morning.

The New York Times cheers the Wake-up Light’s “gentler approach” to getting us out of bed. Buzzers and alarms jolt us awake, sure, but we’re left irritated. The Wake-up Light simulates the rising sun, gradually growing brighter until it mimics daylight.

The alarm has an iPod dock to play our music, but is available without if we’re satisfied choosing from a selection of nature sounds and FM radio stations. Digital Trends calls it “a nice addition to any bedroom.”

For more information, contact us at info@trimsunlimited.com.

Get “Juiced,” the JuiceBuddy

June

JuiceBuddy A compact iPhone charger

How many cords should we need to keep our phones charged?

One on the nightstand, one in the office, one for the commute and an extra to carry at all times, just in case. It shouldn’t be so difficult to prevent a dead battery.

The JuiceBuddy is a keychain charger that ensures we can always plug in. CNET calls it “the world’s smallest iPhone charger” and Gizmodo raves that it “just might replace all of the charging gear you usually have.”

For under $30, it’s an unobtrusive way to bring the charge with us. iPhones plug into the top of the charger, keeping the act of charging neat. The charger comes in white, black, red or aluminum and its swing-out prongs leave it sleek when dangling from our keys.

We’ll never let a low battery hold us back again. See it in action! Available in August.

For more information, contact us at info@trimsunlimited.com