If there is anything that can make our trading life easier, looks pretty cool and is in the form of a nifty bit of tech, then we’re all down for it. In this first half of a two-parter, we give you traders some of the cooler and useful gadgets out there that we would like to get our hands on.
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Forget the Newton's cradle desk ornament that sat on executives desks back in the day, the Gömböc provides an interesting alternative. A Gömböc is a convex three-dimensional homogeneous body that when resting on a flat surface has just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium. So when it's nudged slightly, it rocks back and forth. Its existence was imagined by the Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold in 1995 and proven in 2006 by the Hungarian scientists Gábor Domokos and Péter Várkonyi.
The balancing properties of the Gömböc are associated with the "righting response", the ability to turn back when placed upside down, e.g. shelled animals such as tortoises and beetles.
You are able to purchase a Gömböc of a variety of materials including aluminium, steel or even Bronze, from the Gömböc shop. However they don't come cheap with an aluminium one coming in at €269 (c. £235) and a bronze version at €599 (c. £524).
An interesting addition to any trading desk, or simply a very expensive, albeit better looking, paper weight. Now we don't know if this company does requests, but we think it would be cool to have the commodities you may trade made into the physical form of a Gömböc, e.g. precious metals like Gold, Platinum, Silver etc. instead of storing any physical investments in ingot form. Something to think about….
Get one at gomboc-shop.com
Brought to you by Flyte, a company who also created the levitating light bulb, comes Lyfe, the levitating plant pot….yes you read that right. Another trader gadget that started its 'Lyfe' (see what we did there) on a crowdfunding platform, this product materialised after the founder became interested in ‘air’ plants.
Air plants thrive upon the circulation of airborne particles; with no soil required. He then gave them a home in the form of a levitating plant pot (because why not) that also is able to rotate to ensure all sides of the plant gets sunlight on all sides.
One of the more extravagant plant pots out there comes with a fairly extravagant price tag at £219.
The Trader Interest:
For the more green fingered traders, this gadget would look great on any desk or in an office, providing an interesting talking point. Because of its low maintenance, traders can concentrate on what they do best but appreciate a cool bit of tech - and nature.
Get one at flytestore.com
Often referred to as ‘RoboVacs’, these little guys are autonomous cleaning robots. However back in the 90’s, the original designs were initially controlled by remote control before intelligent programming was inserted into their systems. So now you can map your floors and within a handy little app, hit go and it will work its way around a room and hoover for you. They also save a lot of storage space due to their small size and are generally a lot quieter than a traditional hoover.
The costs of these devices ranges from less than £100 to north of £400. Although relatively high cost, Dyson (the known king of vacuums) did build one (DC06 model) in 2001, but never released it to the market due to its very high price. So over the years it seems not only the technology has improved but the price as well.
The Trader Interest:
For those who love a gadget and additionally don't like hoovering. We imagine that most traders can be attached to their screens for long periods of time, and the last thing you may feel like doing after a long day or even week is start doing some chores. Fortunately, this is where ‘RoboVacs’ comes in to lend a hand. Check out the best Robotic Vacuums here.
Get one at Amazon.co.uk
Desk risers, a handy bit of kit that turns any desk into a standing desk in an instant. If we sit behind a desk all day (traders, we’re looking at you), we’re advised to get up and walk around every hour, or apparently stand for 10-15 minutes every hour. There are countless studies suggesting that sitting down for long periods of time is a detriment to our health.
Well desk risers, specifically those by Yo-Yo Desk, can help you easily get your 10 minutes of standing time in. Instead of the more expensive desks that are motorised and adjust to any height, the desk riser alternative provides the same functionality but at a cheaper cost.
Placed on top of an existing desk top, a simple pull of a lever with a unique gas spring for smoother up/down movement, will effortlessly transition your workspace into a standing desk. With Yo-Yo Desks providing a number of different solutions, you’re also able to keep your multiple screens, or you could get a SlidenJoy (above) to hook onto your laptop….
Yo-Yo Desk desk risers start from £199 for its slim version, and goes all the way up to £360 for its larger range.
The Trader Interest:
We all know that we sit too much during the day, especially as traders, sometimes glued to the screens for hours. However this is a cheaper alternative to a full standing desk and provides some variety to how you work during the day. If you want to take things further, then you can always get a treadmill desk...