Need an idea for an office knick-knack

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  1. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone!

    I am doing a marketing assignment for knick-knacks, and I need an idea for an office knick-knack. If anyone can think of something that might be useful on their desk, let me know!

    I thought that the Mac community would be a 'creative' source of market research! :D
     
  2. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    Other than wanting Apple to release a pencil holder and a trashcan like the trashcan in Tiger, there is nothing that would help me at my desk.

    I will have a think for you though :)
     
  3. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for that.

    Now what were the odds that the first person to reply was going to be from New Zealand too!

    Now that I have said I am a Uni Student, and that I am in Hamilton, it's probably pretty obvious which university it is...
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    a 'find' button that works IRL. like you push it and type in what you're looking for and it finds it, like spotlight or firefox's find function. it would highlight what it finds by making it glow
    :cool:
    i want 10% :p:D

    realistically though, a mini-hotplate that's rubber on the bottom and like 4" around to keep what you put on it warm like a drink or whatever would be quite nice, but probably not very safe.
     
  5. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    Good old Waikato uni? I didn't notice you were a kiwi until you just mentioned! We should have a chat via iChat sometime.

    Good luck with the research! :)
     
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    They sell USB hubs that can double as a mini-hotplate. I have one.
     
  7. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep they already have USB warmers, I have one that wraps around the mug. Awesome idea, but you eventually don't bother use it.

    As a knick-knack though, it can't really be too in the way of electronic. In fact, I don't think knick-knacks are really supposed to be electronic at all, but I am sure a simple one would be ok.
     
  8. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Does it have to be a new type of office knick-knack or can you choose to market a well known office knick-knack?
     
  9. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, it has to be pretty original.

    A good way to come up with ideas is to ask yourself, "What am I missing here?"
     
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  11. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hehe. Well, a humerous knick-knack could go down well I would imagine!

    Keep 'em comin! :D
     
  12. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Even better, how about a real life 'undo' button?

    I had a daft idea yesterday afternoon while leafing through my work diary – nothing ever gets written at the weekends. All that wasted paper and space. Why not, I wondered, publish a desk diary that only has Monday-Friday in it for all the officey people who don't do weekends? :)
     
  13. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    heh, looking at your 'stapler/stress ball'... can you elaborate as to how this would, er, work? :)
     
  14. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    What' wrong with IKEA's Dokument?

    [​IMG]

    :)
     
  15. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    Not e-stalking you, Mitthrawnuruodo, promise. (private joke).

    I'm sat here and thinking that what I could REALLY do with is ....... a desk-top sized ........ mini paper shredder (for dealing with the small stuff that accumulates, ATM/credit card receipts, 'sensitive' scraps of paper. Too paranoid?
     
  16. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    He-he... :)

    I know some people who would say no to that... ;)
     
  17. mannix87 macrumors 6502

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    a universal cellphone, pda AND iPod combination holder. ;)
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    What about a soft, placticine like material that you could stab pencils and pens into and just keep them there? It's a soft pen holder, but your pens won't even move out of position once they're in there.
     
  19. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    It may sound like an odd suggestion... but couldn't you just use plasticine for this? ;)
     
  20. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    No! :eek:

    I want it to be battery operated. I want the material to turn into a soft material when you run a current through it, and when you don't press the material, the material should harden again, with your pencils in place.

    Or yeah, plasticine would be "ok".....I guess. :rolleyes:
     
  21. camphorsunrise macrumors newbie

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    mmmm space-agey! :D

    How about a keyboard that recognizes the appropriate user and tasers anyone else who tries to sit at that workstation? I would love that... pesky day shift people downloading yahoo toolbars and sh*t on my machine... *grumbles*
     

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