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20 of the coolest gadgets and must-haves for your office: Part 2

After a wildly successful first implementation of the "coolest gadgets and must-haves for the office" gallery, we're back with 20 more of the most awesome products to add more awesomeness to your work life and help set you apart from the office dullards!
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By Stephen Chapman, Contributor on
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Electree

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Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: the solar-powered Electree! Basically, it's a miniature tree filled with tiny solar panels that, when set in front of the sun, will act as a charging station for a small USB device that you hook to it (think "cell phone," "iPod," or something similar). Unfortunately, they're pretty pricey at ~$400, but fear not! There are a couple of gadgets to come in this gallery that blow this one out of the water cost-wise.

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5-minutes ahead

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"Hey, your clock's broken, sir/ma'am."

No, your clock's not broken, sir/ma'am. It's the reason you're always waiting for the conference call leader to arrive. It's the reason your reports are always on your boss's desk 3 minutes early. It's the reason you always catch the bus on time and it's the reason you're always at work by 7:57 AM. Just don't let the on-time wall clock be the reason you leave work at 4:57 PM when you're supposed to be there until 5:00 PM and you'll be all good.

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Wrap-a-Nap

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Part pillow, part earmuff, and part blindfold, the Wrap-a-Nap is everything you need to create perfect shuteye conditions on-the-quick. Whether you're spending the night at the office so as to edge out John Dough (yes, John Dough) where upcoming bonuses are concerned or you're on the red-eye to meet with an important client in the morning, looking ridiculous has never been so peaceful or rejuvenating, thanks to the Wrap-a-Nap!

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USB Outlet

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Tired of using up all the USB ports on your computer to power your battery-draining cell phone or low-on-charge tablet or music device? U-Socket USB outlet, to the rescue! Just get the janitor to replace one of your regular wall outlets with one of these puppies and you'll never run out of spots for your Snowbot or USB-powered cup warmer again!

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Bucky Cubes

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If you thought playing with a bunch of ball-shaped magnets was fun, just wait until you get your hands on a set of the new Bucky Cubes! They're sure to... attract... a good time, if you know what I mean. A must-have for those of you who like to have a hands-on something-or-other at your desk!

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Self-stirring Coffee Mug

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You know what pure awesomeness is? It's a mug that lets you know when it overfloweth with some sort of heated deliciousness, like hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. To see such pure awesomeness in action, have a look at this video here and become acutely aware of why you've always wanted one, but just never knew it before now.

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Chalkboard Accessories

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Pretty self-explanatory, this must-have is. When sticky notes get old or you grow tired of the permanence of ink, your inner child/professor can prevail with these chalkboard accessories!

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Cobra Tag

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The Cobra Tag is a must-have for anywhere, really. Basically, you attach this device to your key chain, install an app on your phone, then use one or the other to find... well, one or the other, depending on which one you can't find. So, if you're running late for work one day and you can't find your keys, you use your phone to contact the device attached to your keys so it'll shout at you, thus letting you know where said keys are located. Simple, but awesome.

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LG Touchpad

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Tired of the Mac users in your office having all the fun with gestures? Well now, with the LG touchpad, the same fun can be yours on your Windows machine. So, the next time one of those Mac users gloats about their gestures, you can put away the one gesture you typically return the favor with and get down with your own 4-finger swipes, zooms, pinches, and more!

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USB Lightbulb

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Just when you thought you were finished with purchasing USB drives that are anything less than 16GB in capacity, along comes a USB drive with a light bulb on the end that lights up when plugged in. YES! Oh, and you have three colors to choose from. YES, YES, YES!

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Relaxation Helmet

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I know you're just reading a bunch of words from me right now, but I can actually SEE you right now, and you know what I see? I see a person who looks like they could use some relaxation in the middle of their work day. As such, I recommend the amazingly ridiculous-looking thingie pictured above! Who cares if it makes you look like Judge Dredd? So what if people think you're a bit too impatient for that upcoming company ski trip? I don't know too many people who wouldn't make such sacrifices of vanity for a great head massage while enjoying some killer tunes.

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Abyss Lamp

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Have you ever wanted to have the most awesome table lamp in the entire world? Well, this certainly isn't that, but it would most likely be the most awesome table lamp in your office! Consisting of a "high voltage LED strip and modular structure encased in injection molded opal polycarbonate segments," you can shape the abyss lamp into all kinds of wild shapes. And don't worry about the ~$900 price tag. Totally worth it.

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Proclaim DMT-100 Speakers

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I know what you're thinking. You're thinking the cake is a lie. But, no matter how much the Proclaim DMT-100 Speaker System reminds you of Portal, it's actually not related. At all. But could you imagine playing Portal sound clips through these when unaware coworkers come walking through your door? And now, you know why you must have these.

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Giant Rubber Band

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A commenter in the previous gallery (linked above) asked where this was, so here it is! Put simply, you need a giant rubber band to go with your giant paper clip I previously posted. After all, what are you going to use to launch giant paper clips from the top of your work building to the top of the adjacent building during lunch time?

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USB Ninja Star

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Does this one even need a description!? I mean, it's a USB drive fit into the form factor of a ninja star, for Pete's sake. How could you command anything but respect at the office if someone saw one of these plugged into your computer? Let the Chuck Norris references commence...

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Carpet Skates

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Just when you thought everything had already been dreamed up, now you find out that you could have been carpet-skating back-and-forth this whole time between your desk and the secretary you have a crush on. But don't think that a pair of carpet skates limits you to carpet-only! Specific as the name may be, as this video shows, your feet can find action on plenty more, too. Just make sure you don't get hurt. I'm sure companies everywhere are just itching to pay Workers' Comp for a carpet-skating accident...

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Like/Dislike Stamps

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To go along with your set of abusive stamps, here's a Like/Dislike Stamp Set. Thanks to the ubiquity of Facebook, you would be pretty hard-pressed to find someone in your office who didn't get the message. Now, if we can only get Facebook to implement an actual dislike button...

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T&Mouse

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The T&Mouse is quite a nifty little mouse. In its center is a spot for you to manually input data via touch/stylus. Using MS Paint because you're bored at work will never be the same again! It's touch when you need it, and mouse when you don't.

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Balding Memo Pad

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Does your job frustrate you to the point that you're constantly pulling your hair out? If so, then this memo pad is definitely for you. Self-explanatory as to why.

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Keyboard Organizer

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The keyboard organizer is your one-stop shop for tucking away all the miscellaneous debris your desk frequently collects. If you have a shortage of drawer space (or none at all, for that matter), this may well be a suitable option for you -- especially if you're in the market for a new keyboard. It's a device that's a blast from the past, but I know I could use something like this still to this day.

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