10 of the best oddly shaped gadgets

Tired of the same old shapes? Meet the gadgets that don't follow the crowd

B&W Zeppelin Air

£500, store.apple.com

B&W’s revamped Zeppelin features shiny new internal upgrades as well as AirPlay compatibility for some sweet wireless streaming action. Not bad for something that looks like a squashed chrome and black rugby ball – albeit an exceedingly gorgeous one.

Casio Tryx

£228, morecomputers.com

All copies of ‘camera design for dummies’ were destroyed at Casio HQ the day that the Tryx was born. A swivel-hinged screen/camera module is surrounded by a metal casing which doubles up as a handle, hanger and stand. A HDR setting and a motion-sensitive timer are nifty little additions to the 12.1MP snapper.

Yike Bike

£2,342, shop.yikebike.com

This futuristic penny farthing-inspired roller is forged from carbon fibre, resulting in a lithe weight of only 10.8kg – an impressive number given the in-built 450W battery back and electric motor which provides a 6.2 mile range and top speed of 14.4mph. Just be prepared to be stared at down your local high street.

Plumen Designer Lightbulb

£16, lightbulbs-direct.com

Who says lightbulbs have to be boring? Stick a middle finger up to convention by kitting out your swanky abode with these designer light emitters. They also last 8 times longer and use 80% less energy than standard bulbs which is a rather nice bonus.

Weezy Bluetooth Receiver

£60, unplugyourmusic.com

You may recognise this strange colourful plastic nipple-like device from your latest issue of Stuff but for those who have yet to pick up a copy – it pumps out music from your mobile or PC straight to your music system via the magic of A2DP Bluetooth stereo for hassle-free wireless listening.

Zikmu Parrot by Starck Speakers

£1000, cyberselect.co.uk

If you’ve ever wanted a gigantic upturned vuvuzela as a sound system then these Starck-designed iPod dock/speakers are the perfect solution for you. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming let you cut the cord and a tantalising array of colours ranging from sorbet lime to dragon red should cater for all tastes.

Sony Tablet S (16GB Wi-Fi)

£400, dixons.co.uk

Sony’s first foray into the tablet market is the Tablet S, a Honeycomb-powered device with a unique folded wedge shape design, resulting in a slate that’s easy to hold and stands out from the generic rectangular slabs that are flooding the market.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

£27, amazon.co.uk

Microsoft’s Arc mouse is designed to be ergonomically superior in addition to folding up neatly for on-the-road surfing shenanigans. A scroll wheel, laser tracking and function buttons tick the more traditional design boxes.

Lomo La Sardina Camera (with flash)

£90, shop.lomography.com

Lomo has long been known to produce kooky cams and the Sardina is no exception. Resembling a can of sardines (naturally), the company’s latest model features a wild angle lens and its most powerful flash to date.

Mute Watch

£180, mutewatch.com

This minimalist watch in has no numbers, buttons, dials or even digits. Fear not however, as a simple tap and a few swipes is all that’s required to display the digital time and to set the vibrating alarm function.


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