With beautiful Blu-ray players, great gaming PCs, superb storage devices and more, we drool over some fantastic technology eye candy.
Like beauty, sleekness is in the eye of the beholder. It's impossible to define easily, but you know it when you see it. It's that feeling in your gut that says "I don't know what that thing is or what it's supposed to do, but I want one - now."
The number of devices attempting sleekness is almost infinite, so to pick our 15 we had to lay out a few ground rules.
First, the gadget must be (or must have been) a real product that consumers could buy, not a concept or prototype. It must fit on a desk, even if it doesn't really belong on one. To keep certain vendors from dominating the list (this means you, Apple), we allowed only one product per company. We awarded extra points for historical significance and/or goofiness.
So, without further preamble, here's our list. Feast your eyes on these 15 beauties.
Motorola StarTAC mobile phone (1996)
The world's first flip phone is also the first gadget based on technology originally imagined in 'Star Trek': the handheld communicator.
Back then, mobile phones didn't have to have cameras, play music, or find you on a map; they just had to let you make and receive calls. The StarTAC filled that role to perfection, with the smallest design ever seen up to that point.
- Motorola StarTAC mobile phone
- Apple MacBook Air laptop
- Alienware ALX gaming PCs
- Raymond Loewy pencil sharpener
- Hillcrest Labs' Loop remote control
- Bang & Olufsen BeoCenter 2 CD/DVD player
- Newton Peripherals' MoGo Mouse BT for PCs
- Sony Aibo Robot Dog
- 3Com Ergo Audrey internet appliance
- LaCie 5big Network storage system
- Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray player
- Blue Dragonfly mic
- LG AN110 digital projector
- V-Moda Vibe Duo earbuds
- Rejuvenique facial-toning mask