Gadgets needed to beat IT ignorance in the office

A slash-proof backpack, an alarmed laptop case and a pub chair with space to hide your handbag inside are among the creations of a research centre fighting crime with style, reports the BBC.

The Design Against Crime centre puts Batman and James Bond to shame with its inventions, which are aimed at delivering a blow to Asbo-award nominees. The team works with police and criminologists and interviews thieves at length to come up with its ideas.

Downtime wonders how the centre could adapt the clothing of the IT department to help staff do their jobs better. Maybe a sandal with a concrete insole to batter the manager who complains about his Blackberry not turning up?