Just because you need more storage space for everything on your computer — whether it's regular backups, your ridiculous collection of MP3s, an archive of every photo you've ever taken, or your complete video library — doesn't mean you need to junk up your desk with some clunky-looking hard drive. The LaCie Sphère ($500) is a truly gorgeous work of industrial art, and with USB 3.0 connectivity and a terabyte of storage space, it's no slouch either. Handcrafted and silvered in France, the enclosure is made by master craftsmen at Christofle, sports a unique round shape, and is polished for a highly-reflective surface. And with USB 3.0, it's nearly three times faster than regular USB, all without requiring a power cable.
Whether you're using it to help you decide between getting behind the wheel or calling a cab, or just engaging in some friendly BAC competition between drinking buddies, the breathalyzer is a great tool for helping you stay in touch with the effect those beers are having on your body. But, with clunky design, clumsy interfaces, and interchangeable mouth cups, they haven't changed much since their inception — until the Lapka Bam Breathalyzer ($200). Encased in ceramic, this small cylinder fits conveniently within your palm, using your hand as the mouthpiece, and an app on your iOS or Android phone — via audio signal — as the interface. As your BAC rises, the app actually changes, updating to make it easier to read and more useful. It's an artful combination of form and function, that may just save you from a costly DUI, or worse.
There's nothing quite like a whiteboard for quickly coming up with ideas — they're easy to write on, and let you erase or change things on a whim without wasting a bunch of paper. But whiteboards aren't portable, giving them a distinct disadvantage when compared to paper. With the Wipebook ($25 and up), you get all the advantages of a whiteboard with all the portability of a standard notebook, making it the perfect tool for coming up with great ideas. It has a smooth surface that feels great when you write, but it won't ghost like most dry erase surfaces. It's also easy to erase, but not too easy, so you don't need to worry about smudging your work. Each one comes with 25 double-sided pages, perfect for storing all your ideas.