By Maya on Nov 01, 2007
Maya Venkatraman is an Interaction Designer at Sun Microsystems. She started working in the area of Human Computer Interaction in graduate school, where she earned her Ph.D, and has been working in the industry for almost a decade, designing software that is easy to use.
I love stationery. If Stacey and Clinton ever appear at my door step and give me a credit card loaded with $5,000.00, I would try to ditch them at the earliest, and duck into the nearby Staples or Office Depot and splurge on notebooks, pencils, pens, sharpeners, and the like. It goes without saying that "back-to-school" is turning into my favorite season ...
One of the nicest finds this year is the stop-signal pencil sharpener. It has a small button on the top, which you press down before you start sharpening. When the pencil is sharp and the point touches the end of the blade, the button pops up to let you know. And you are saved from over sharpening and, thus, breaking the lead. Kids using the sharpener now have a cue that tells them when to stop. :)
During my online journey to discover more about this sharpener I found a blog devoted to pencils, etc.! Maped, the company that manufactures these sharpeners, is in France and has a nice web2.0, flash-filled website, complete with a carousel widget and pop-up bubble. gizmodo.com actually has some entries on sharpeners (and yes, I will be sending them a tip about this one).