Taking home a 2007 CES Innovation Award for design and engineering, Emtrace's Linux-based WidgetStation is a dual screen desk clock that comes with a wide variety of functionality. Just like PC widgets, users can browse and download widgets and customize both sides—either black and white or color—of the LCD via an Ethernet, WiFi or mini-USB connection. Also like the computer-based counterparts, users can create their own widgets for an even more personal experience and to share with friends. A remote and MP3 player (it has a speaker and a stereo ear jack) make it an even more fun way to get the functionality of the Internet without an awkward laptop or CPU. Available in black or white, the device is set to come out toward the middle of this year with a tandem service site.

Josh Rubin

Josh Rubin

Josh Rubin is COOL HUNTING's founder, editor and executive creative director. He brings his background as a photographer and expertise as a user experience designer to his point of view on what makes a good story for CH—this most often include some kind of intersectionality between art, culture, technology and design. Josh is a bit of an urban hippie, obsessed with most things Japanese, a Sealyham Terrier lover and very food motivated.

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