In case you haven't noticed, our professional and personal lives are becoming increasingly intertwined: our smartphones and tablets have apps for productivity and playtime; we're juggling responsibilities while working from home; and traveling with gadgets to remain organized and entertained on long flights.
In other words, there's a fine line between 9 to 5 and 5 to 9 these days, as we're increasingly balancing these two worlds simultaneously. And hey, you can't spell functionality without fun.
You'll also notice today's tech toys are adding style to substance, fusing fashion with function.
The following is a look at some easy-on-the-eyes technologies that bring work and after-work hours together.
Whether it's to listen to your music without headphones or for a much better-sounding conference call, Megaphone ($499.99) from en&is is a stylish audio amplifier compatible with iPhone or iPod touch.
Available in multiple colors, the Milan-made ceramic device sits on a thin wood frame and employs "passive" amplification (read: no power needed) to boost the sound volume and clarity of your iDevice docked at the top. Heed the call for this unique-looking conversation piece.
Stand out from the crowd with the Nooka Zem Zen-H gold watch ($850.00). Rather than a conventional analog face or digital readout, you'll tell time by reading the number of blocks (hours) on the top two rows, while the third and fourth rows show you the number of minutes and seconds, respectively.
While unconventional, it's actually quite intuitive. Along with current time, the Zen-H also features an alarm and a chronograph mode. The square gold face with raised edges rests on a crocodile skin band.
Budding secret agents will no doubt fall for the charm of the Celluon Magic Cube ($169.99), a laser projection keyboard that splashes a full-sized but virtual keyboard onto a flat surface, such as a desk, table or countertop.
Wirelessly pair the small, rechargeable device with a nearby smartphone or tablet, via Bluetooth, flick the switch and you'll see the red laser keyboard appear. Start typing as you would on your PC or Mac and you'll even hear the clickity-clack of the virtual keys (if desired).
Considered one of the most ergonomic office chairs ever constructed, Aeron Chair ($869) not only supports the way your pelvis tilts naturally forward, so that your spine stays aligned to avoid back discomfort, but the form-fitting suspension conforms to your body to reduce pressure points -- including a tilt mechanism that lets your neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles pivot naturally.
Other features include breathable material, sloped armrests and nine adjustment settings — and hey, the chair is also 94 percent recyclable.
Price no object? While $1,945 but might a bit, er, steep for a pair of headphones, reserve your judgment until you've had a chance to listen to the high-end Audeze LCD-3. Resulting in clear, powerful and well-balanced highs, mids and lows, these American-made audiophile headphones with Zebrano wood earcups feature new Lotus planar magnetic drivers -- designed from scratch by Audez'e engineers -- for extraordinary sound quality and frequency extension.
Along with free shipping, you can choose between a matching wood storage box or flight-approved travel case for jetsetters.
Now this is a table worth pulling up to. Samsung's SUR40 ($8,400) is Microsoft's second-gen multitouch table measuring just 4-inches thick, yet it houses a Full HD 1080p 40-inch display covered with a sheet of toughened Gorilla Glass.
Unlike the first Surface table, the SUR40 doesn't use cameras underneath the table to recognize finger-touches — instead Microsoft's PixelSense technology can handle more than 50 simultaneous touch-points from fingers, hands and objects. It's never been easier for people to share, collaborate and explore together on this table, such as flicking digital photos back and forth to review the right one to use on your company's redesigned website.