Cross-gadgets have always been quite a fascinating subject, as they provide an assortment of various functions packed in a single body, which grants them quite a high level of versatility. And that's also the case with the device you're about to see as follows, namely the MultiBook, launched back in the second half of 2007, a product that provides a wide range of useful features although it's packed in the bookish-looking external casing.
Thus, the MultiBook, created by Italian designers Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda, is designed as a multifunctional lamp, which can prove to be quite useful around the house (either as a bedside lamp or on a table or desk), as well as while traveling. Furthermore, although it has the external appearance of a book, the device is quite obviously made of plastic, with black, white, lacquer red and blue finishes, and the decorated version also sports ars illuminandi or miniature illustrations that are typically found in medieval books.
The device includes 74 LEDs on the three sides, providing a diffused light and requiring only 5.2 watts in order to operate. Moreover, the MultiBook also sports an alarm clock and digital calendar, which adds even further value to this item.
The device also comes packed with a 3-way multisocket and a container for cables and transformers, cleverly hidden inside the “covers” of the MultiBook. The multisocket sports 2P 2,5A europlugs, while the cable (H05VV-F, 0,75 mm2 section) has a length of 1.5 meters, with a Schuko plug at the end, the whole device having a maximum output of 1000W.
The MultiBook retails for around 220 US dollars, which is a relatively large price to pay for this device, but we could also say that it's relatively worth it, taking into account just how interesting it would be to have such a versatile “book” around the house.