Titanium Gadgets: Lightweight With A Punch

Titanium Gadgets: Lightweight With A Punch

Joel Pirela
Oct 5, 2010

Titanium, is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. Sometimes called the "space age metal", it has a low density and is a strong, lightweight, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including sea water, aqua regia and chlorine) transition metal with a silver color. Non conductive and non allergenic. It also adapts itself to human body's temperature, so that's why is such a great choice for hip replacement and fracture healing's screws material. Let's check some great gadgets made of this amazing element.

The Titanium ID Mouse by Intelligent Design may drive people back to the desktop. The mouse, which was shown off Dutch Design Week 2009, is a Bluetooth-enabled mouse finished in hand-formed grade 1 titanium and resin that serves as an elegant rest for the hand. The wireless mouse integrates a three-button neodymium scroll wheel for smooth scrolling. The mouse is compatible with Window XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X and runs on two AAA batteries. It sells for around $1,200.

Titanium Leica M9. Designed by Walter de'Silva. An expensive dream come true. As you will guess from the name, the camera (along with its accompanying Summilux-M 35mm ƒ1.4 aspherical lens) is made from titanium.

The new body is also a lot cleaner and more streamlined, compared to the old model that r this camera is replacing (appropriate, as de'Silva works for Audi). Gone is the little window that lets light illuminate the famous bright-line viewfinder, replaced by an LED-lit frame in the viewfinder. Also missing are the two strap-lugs, replaced by a hand-strap, which eliminates the need for the leather grip on the camera's right-side. Yes, it's more expensive than a brand new Audi A3 at $29,000.

The Titanium PowerBook G4. Who could forget about this little gem (now vintage)? Introduced in January 2001 and using a G4 processor running at 500 Mhz with 256 MB of RAM. At that was top of the line at that time!

Apple's Titanium PowerBook G4 was the first major PowerBook re-design since the 1998 PowerBook G3 (aka Wall Street); from a design perspective, it rocks. From the PowerPC G4 processor, to the thin profile, the cool titanium skin, and the expansive TFT display, the Titanium PowerBook showed that Apple was running rings around the competition when it comes to designing a computer.

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