As great as modern computers are, it's always handy to have an old-fashioned calculator around. The Wooden Calculator ($75) is handmade from ecologically thinned Japanese cedar, and features green buttons, an unusual round shape, and is solar-powered. Just because you have a calculator doesn't mean you need to hide it in a drawer.
We don't know why it took so damn long to get a clock that answers the simple question "What time is it?" The Verbarius Clock ($160; Nov 2007) does simply that, utilizing graphic LCD screens behind tinted glass to give the answer in simple terms, such as "Fifteen minutes to five" and "Seven nineteen p.m." Multiple languages are pre-installed on the clock, and you can upload new languages from a PC. An elegant, simple time-telling solution. [Thanks, Marshall]
If ever there was a character that was meant to live on as a trash can, it's R2-D2. The Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan ($150) is a two-foot tall, detailed replica of everyone's favorite droid. The can features a step as R2's middle leg that opens his head and gives access to the removable interior can inside. Made of durable vinyl, this R2 unit is ready for years of accepting your failed plans for world domination. [via]