The Takumi 10 Key Calculator connects to your computer with an accessory USB cable but also functions as a very cool, if very clunky, stand alone pocket calculator.
Takumi is known for designing products that, as they say, are "based on the philosophy of being creator-oriented rather than user-oriented. We build up the image of what we wish to have from the creator’s view and make it for a real product."
Seems like a recipe for disaster in the marketplace, but Takumi doesn't seem to care. Instead, they just keep on creating products (like their wood block clock) that may be short on practicality but pack an abundance of cool.
Take the Takumi 10 Key Calculator. Does the world really need another pocket calculator, priced at $58 yet? Oh, but it connects to your computer via an accessory USB cable... er, has anyone told Takumi that most desktop keyboards are designed with a numeric keypad on their right sides?
For laptops it might make more sense as the calulator could replace using the function keys - but really, who uses the calculator function on ANY computer enough to warrant the use of a plug-in peripheral?
Pointless or not, one must admit the Takumi 10 Key Calculator looks different. The closest thing to it design-wise might be those jumbo number calculators designed for the elderly, but most anyone under retirement age with immediately recognize its similarity to a computer keyboard.
For those looking to un-miniaturize their lives or just create office conversation, the Takumi 10 Key Calculator (which actually has 23 keys - don't ask) comes in your choice of 4 colors: black, white, beige and red. Get yours at Idea Frames.