Need something to do on that long train ride, stand in line or just fiddle with the phone? Want to decorate your desk with some cool and creative gadgets to play with during your break from work?
Here are some of the latest gadgets and apps for nervous people.
It’s better to burn your excess energy on a small gadget than to get caught in a vortex of procrastination on Reddit or Facebook. That Fidget Cube is a next-level stress ball: it’s in a different shape for one thing. This tabletop toy features a six-sided puzzle to flip and roll.
Take a short break with a desktop punching bag or make a magnetic sculpture with a stainless steel ball with Glantop Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy. That 3Doodler Create allows you to draw 3D shapes in the real world like a wizard.
Study again about your inner Picasso (without all the pesky pictures) by coloring epic mandalas on your smartphone. What do you do when you see some structural inspiration in the world? Apart from taking photos, the Structure Sensors clips to your iPad and lets you 3D scan objects, rooms, and faces. Adobe Creative Cloud Package include Photoshop and other great editing software if you want to get serious.
If you want to get really serious, Carbide 3D Shapeoko 3 expensive but epic. This Computer Numeric Control (CNC) – like a 3d printer – can cut wood, aluminum and plastic into the design of your choice with high precision. It includes its own design software, but you can always import your own designs from other programs as long as they are in the correct format.
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Sometimes you just need to clear your mind for inspiration to find its way in. There are tons of relaxing sound and meditation apps for smartphones. For eccentric millionaires and third world dictators, the BiOrbAIR terrarium creates its own microclimate for growing tropical plants. Cool? Thin is a wearable technology that stimulates the brain with electronic pulses to “[elevate] your mood and [lower] emphasize”.
In the same vein, Inspiration sits on your head like a headband and uses brain-sensing software to measure your stress. Happy is a bracelet that finds what stresses you out by monitoring your heart rate at different times and locations. Spire also detects tension, but by monitoring your breathing.
The highway to the Gadget Zone
Accidentally developing a hunchback is no fun. Prana, another wearable, alerts you when you need to correct your posture so you don’t injure yourself or engage in shallow breathing. Want to make a little sand castle on your desk without making a mess? Kinetic Sand is a non-toxic synthetic polymer that you can mold into wet sand and crumble into dry sand when finished. Oh, the strange wonders of technology.
The next time you find yourself down the online rabbit hole, remember that you can fidget a bit with toys in the real world instead of spending long hours staring at a screen.
Amelie Hale is a creative girl in a high-pressure job, so she enjoys downtime where she can put her creative ideas to work. Writing articles is one of them apart from sketching and baking cakes.