These days when people going to be more green such devices gain popularity. Wood, as the cover material for everyday appliances is almost not used nowadays. Plastics are cheaper, easier to produce, faster – they suit well for mass production. Real wood is still can be found from exclusive furniture producers (regular furniture is made from plywood or laminated sheets). Saw wood industry is also mainly oriented for the construction works, thus the wooden material is available on market is of worse quality. Technologies of producing beautiful things from wood suffered greatly. They are almost, not almost, just forgotten.
Just some time ago people could make from wood the things that look like a miracle for a modern person. I’ve seen a great number of gadgets and devices made from wood here I am presenting some of these.
Laser cut plywood lamp
It’s a bulb… but not as you know it. This clever lamp is shaped like a giant lightbulb and houses a… lightbulb. Designed by Suck UK friend Barend Hemmes, it’s made from laser cut wood, which leaves a crisp burned edge and creates a satisfying, waffle-like glow. Either hung from the ceiling or laid on its side, the Wooden Bulb will add a little tongue-in-cheek humor – as well as light – to any room.
Wooden Watches from WeWood
The most interesting thing about these watches is the fact that every exterior component of the watch is made from high quality wood, the strap, the face, the hands and even the case it’s enclosed in is made out of wood. But as you all know, anything that has so much of a classic taste carries an equally heavy price tag with it. Thus, selling for $119 each, these watches offer a prefect testimony to this fact.
iWood 4 for iPhone 4/4s Walnut
The iPhone 4/4s’ aesthetics inspired us to create the iWood 4. Its contours provide a much better grip and safer handling. Because wood is transparent to the iPhone 4/4s’ sensors, and insensitive to static, optimal performance of your iPhone 4/4s is guaranteed. The iWood4 fits like a glove, with the iPhone 4/4s’ push buttons recreated in wood, and all ports easily accessible.
WALL-E Wooden Sculpture
Created by Hertfordshire, United Kingdom-based sculptors and CNC/rapid-prototyping masters Morpheus, this wooden WALL-E sculpture is a limited edition of one. Commissioned by Disney as a gift for Pixar/Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter.
This camera phone concept by Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Oak Lee is covered in thin wooden film, with touch buttons that light up through the housing when you touch the phone.
Nokia Wood Cellphone
Earthfirst titles a post ” Nokia Cell Phone Made of Sustainably Harvested Wood”, thinks it a lovely idea and quotes Cellphone Beat, which writes in Nokia goes green with wooden body phone ” This Nokia eco-friendly concept flaunts a wooden body made from sustainable timber. The design features an 8-megapixel camera, bluetooth, speaker and a Symbian S60 Operating System.”
Cellphone Beat continues: “Mobile phones with metallic bodies, which in the designer mode are even seen studded with diamonds and crystals, will have an environment-friendly competitor, if the Eco-friendly wooden Nokia concept is realized sometime in the distant future.
The natural soulful look of the phone, fitted with advanced technical features, will make it the most sought after device by environmentally-conscious, cell phone users, looking for a phone that does not contaminate the environment with its toxic elements.” and links back to Concept Phones, which writes in Nokia 8 Megapixel Camera phone Concept, Designed by Nokia’s Eco-Team: Yes, the device is branded Nokia, but the details are extremely scarce…
The handset looks more like a camera than a phone to me, but it’s equally hot. Turns out that it features Bluetooth, Symbian S60, a speaker and tons of Eco-friendliness. This concept phone is made of wood from sustainable forests, so Mother Nature won’t suffer as you take your pics with the aid of the handset.
” Concept Phones links back to its source on Flickr which is titled “Nokia eight mega pixel phone (concept phone by Nokia’s Eco-team)” and the only copy is “The first Nokia eight mega pixel phone? I guess we’ll have to wait some time for that… Only a concept made of wood from sustainable forests at this stage but fun anyway. ”
Solid Wood Stapler
A standard stapler comes with wood exterior.
Audio wood Turntable
Barky is a precision turntable that features a high-quality Rega parts kit, glass platter, RB301 arm and Rega Bias cartridge. Solid ash round is finished with polyurethane and paste wax, and has adjustable solid-brass spike feet.
Wood Plinth Clock
I ran across this awesome clock today and had to share. It might look really tacky if it didn’t match your home’s decor, but I think it could work well in some settings. In architecture, a plinth is the lower moldings of a podium, pedestal or skirting, or a block or slab upon which a column, pedestal, statue or vase is based. In the classical orders it is the square block of moderate height under the base moldings of a column or pedestal.
Wooden Computer Mouse
It’s a rare item that pleases both gadget and nature lovers, but the Jupiter Mouse from Actbrise Electronics does just that. This wooden mouse is handmade from Chinese flowering ash in Japan’s rural Gunma prefecture and earns its name from the natural wood grain swirls and click button that resembles the largest planet’s famous spot.
The innovative design, however, isn’t limited to form: the cursor moves in direction and velocity according to the tilt of the spherical mouse, which rests comfortably in the palm of your hand. The Jupiter mouse not only brings a refreshing natural element to your desk bit also offers an exciting new approach to navigating your computer screen.
Wooden USB Stick
USB sticks are always nice to have around when transferring files from computer to computer. These Wooden USB Sticks from OOOMS are made to stand out from their natural environment of computers and offices. The sticks are picked from the woods and are individually selected for their natural beauty, and then professionally handmade into unique and personal Wooden USB sticks.
Unconventionally simple and Eco-friendly, this flashlight belongs on your table, not hidden in a drawer. The designer’s intention was to take the industrial edge off an iconic, mass produced object and to give it new life. Flashlights are typically made from plastic or Aluminum. New growth Beech wood transforms the utilitarian into something tactile and engaging. The end cap, which unscrews for easy battery replacement, houses the convenient on/off switch. With energy efficient LED bulb.
Vers iPad Cases
The iPad is truly an awesome device, now made even better with our handcrafted, solid wood Shellcase. It not only protects your iPad, but adds versatility as well. With the addition of the included metal foot, you can watch a movie, write an email, reference a favorite app or display a running slide show – all at a comfortable viewing angle. Works great at a desk or in the kitchen – anywhere your iPad may show up, but workspace is limited.
Wooden Pocket Clock
Russian clocks were produced by the Bronnikov family from Russia. For three generations they mastered their skills on crafting light-weight fully functional wooden pocket clocks. Such gadgets were true hit back then, among their customers there were Russian Tzars and other high society members.
They were sending their samples to the international exhibitions of Paris and New York to make foreign people awe. The price of such wooden clocks exceeded of those of gold. Not many of those survived Russian revolution and communist reign. Those who did are a rare guest of antique shops priced at around $20,000 for each.