Category: Home Office

Notti smart lamp: our cell phone alerts just got waaaayy prettier

I am so grateful for the advances in tech we’ve seen in the last few years. Still, there are times when I know I need to put down the screens and be present, but that’s really hard when I’m expecting an important call or email. The Notti Smart Lamp, which is at the tail end of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, might be the newest and most gorgeous piece of tech to help us stay connected even while we disconnect. At first glance, the Notti is just a pretty lamp. But it has a lot of features that parents can use—like...

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12 creative workspace ideas for your home that inspire you to get the job done

I rely on my home office to keep everything straight, from school lunches to blog posts, which is why I’d love to have a creative workspace that looks so great that I really want to be there, rather than at my local coffee shop. Let’s be honest, as a working parent, my mind can to be pretty cluttered; I’m thinking about deadlines while I’m cooking dinner, and I’m organizing playdates while I’m checking email. These 12 innovative, beautiful and creative workspace ideas—for parents and kids too—are inspiring me to want to stay on task.   A desk that raises from sitting to standing We’re hearing more and...

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A personal tech desk designed around the idea that not seeing your cords is better than seeing them.

If like me, your desk is starting to become a tangle of devices and cords and accessories, you’ll get the genius of the iSkelter SlatePro Personal Tech Desk right away. Especially now that it’s on sale. Handmade in Arizona from premium bamboo with steel legs and a protective acrylic overlay, the desk is built with all the wells and accessories one might need in the modern age. If iSkelter sounds familiar, it’s because they’re the same small design shop that created the gorgeous Chisel iPhone dock, and the Tech Desk is no less smart in its details. You’ll find round cooling vents for...

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Scanning right from your smartphone: Easier than ever.

Now that we’re well into back-to-school mode, the onslaught of paperwork has already started. Between getting-to-know you artwork, getting-to-know you class lists and getting-to-know you teacher handouts, I’m pretending I don’t see the four-inch-high pile of papers on my kitchen counter. So I’m sure I’m not the only parent saying thank goodness for technology like the ScanSnap iX100 by Fujitsu, a portable wireless document scanner and savior for battling the paper beasts. I am also a big fan of the JotNot app for on-the-go scanning, but always find it a little difficult to get the lines straight and the document clear...

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A foot hammock. You know, for feet.

I just watched an episode of MadMen (I know, I’m super behind) in which Don scolds Peggy for lying back in her chair with her feet up on the desk. And I thought…oops. Because seriously, I always sit that way. I have to have my feet up on something when I’m working on a desk, meaning I’ve squished more than a few little plastic office trash bins with my boots over time, and probably given a few shows to colleagues when I came to work in a skirt. (File this under things about me you probably never wanted to know.)...

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The first of the Apple Watch accessories is here, with the DODOcase Apple Watch charging stand.

No sooner is the Apple Watch announced, that new Apple Watch accessories are starting to roll in. Starting with the handsome Apple Watch charging stand  from our friends at DODOcase.  In fact it’s so beautiful, it kind of makes me want the watch even more. Like their universal charging dock which launched this past spring, the Apple Watch charging stand is lovingly crafted out of reclaimed California Orchard Walnut right in San Francisco. It’s got a charging element on top and well to thread the wire through, so everything just fits together perfectly. (Take a good look at the photos on the site, which give...

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New HP Instant Ink replacement service saves you up to 50% on ink. Plus the hassle of running out of ink when you need it most.

This is a sponsored message from HP Even though so many of us try to go paperless when we can these days, with online party invitations, printables, mobile boarding passes, and homework, we still requires paper. Lots of paper. And that means lots of ink too. Which always seems to run out right in the middle of that big homework project printing job–on a Sunday. At 9PM. When the stores are closed. Fortunately, now HP is making sure you’re prepared even before you realize you’re low on ink thanks to the new HP Instant Ink replacement service. It’s super smart, and it can save you both...

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A charging station that keeps you organized and actually, kind of happy

As we start thinking back to school time we’ve got desk organization on our brains. It’s like my annual New Year’s tech resolution, although I always seem to make it (again) in late summer. Now that my kids are getting to the age where they’ve got their own gadgets to wrangle, and only one desk to share between them in our smallish apartment, I love this Converge 4-Port USB Charging Station from Quirky at our affiliate Amazon, or at a good price from Directron. First, I love the whole look – the charging station looks like an old school Scrabble tile rack. It’s...

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Stylish power strips just got way more stylish. Thanks OKUM.

We’ve featured some stylish power strips here on Cool Mom Tech but I’ve never seen one like the oon power outlet from OKUM. In a word: Gorgeous. This beautifully-crafted looks like no power strip you’ve ever seen. The string of outlets is handmade in Los Angeles from a combination of wood, plastic, metal, and fiber and looks like a piece of art. Yet it’s designed with safety in mind as well, featuring self-contained sockets in the square blocks that are completely polarized on a six-foot long cord. Of course, the wooden balls and blocks do make it look like a...

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The gorgeous desks made with tech in mind

Since I’m (almost) ready to trade in my beloved childhood kitchen table (what, it’s vintage now!) which is being used as a totally inappropriate home office desk I’ve been looking around.  And when I saw the gorgeous wooden desks from the Artifox, I instantly thought, yes! Oh please, yes. I love mid-century, but they didn’t exactly incorporate things like iPad wells and holes drilled for computer cords back then, and these two desks, in either a blonde maple or a handsome walnut seem to straddle both worlds. It’s got a well for your tablet and phone complete with holes for the...

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