The Isolator was a personal work environment for those who wanted (or needed) to hyper focus. It effectively rendered the wearer deaf, pumped in oxygen and limited his/her field of vision to one line of written text.
Apple’s voice recognition software, Siri (a feature of the iPhone 4S) is still in beta but looks great. Perhaps the most compelling feature is Siri’s sense of humor. Many users will feel self-conscious while talking to an inanimate object. Apple has lessened that anxiety by giving Siri a personality (and a few one-liners).
Quarterly is a subscription service that allows you to receive packages full of mystery niceties, each hand-selected by interesting people. You “subscribe” to the person(s) of your choice and receive quarterly packages from them. I’m subscribed to Tina Roth Eisenberg (and was quite tempted by Mike Monteiro).