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Tom Bihn ImagoRecently Gear Live had the opportunity to review another model from the Seattle based bag artist and engineer - Tom Bihn. This time I was reviewing the Imago, a stylish shoulder bag designed for the on-the-go professional.

The Imago solves the problem of what to do when you have a big data-centric phone, camera, PDA (or even a small laptop), keys, cords, USB drives, and all the other bits of clutter that life necessitates and no place to put them.

Find out more about the Imago, and get detail impressions after the jump.

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Pacific Design RuckusPacific Design has introduced The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection, an innovative line of laptop backpacks and messenger bags designed for urban, professional and student lifestyles.

The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection merges fashion and function with its innovative, lightweight and slim design, coupled with laptop protection and multiple storage compartments to accommodate all of today’s communication and entertainment devices.  Both the Ruckus Laptop Backpack and the Ruckus Laptop Messenger Bag are up to 30 percent lighter than other similar laptop bags, super slim, constructed of water-resistant materials and loaded with thoughtful and functional organizational features. 

Features include an ergonomic shoulder strap structure, 360 degree laptop protection, dedicated media storage, an AC/cable zipper pouch, a protective iPod/MP3 pocket, a “seamless” water-resistant compartment, and a felt-lined luxury items pocket. Customers who register their Ruckus products at www.pacificdesign.com will receive a free removable cell phone/iPod pouch. Both Ruckus laptop bags come in striking color combinations including: olive/bold black /super yellow, rose white/granite gray/posey pink, bold black /slate gray/pearl gray, and coming in March 2007, slate gray/sand/tiger orange.

The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection will be available at North American retailers including Sony Canada in November 2006 and Staples in January 2007. The Ruckus Laptop Backpack will retail for $69.95 and the Ruckus Laptop Messenger Bag will retail for $59.95.

Read More | Pacific Design

Lexon E8Recent studies have shown that many of today’s youths can’t tell time on a traditional clock because they rarely see one. This watch, the Lexon E8, might just help that problem, if only partly. See, you tell the time by counting the dots. You don’t even need to count to 10. The only thing you really have to remember is which column you’re looking at.

Four columns exist on this display. The first two are the hour, and the last two are the minutes. Give it a few hundred looks, and you’ll be able to tell what time it is with just a glance. You can get one of these E8s with orange, green, or just grey dots for just $137 USD.

Read More | Lexon E8 Product Page via Gizmodo


EgokastWhat holds up to 2GB of memory, has a 3.5” TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 320x240, plays MPEG4, WMV9 and AVI videos, weighs 5.4 ounces, and comes in stainless steel?  No, it’s not a new video player from iRiver.  Instead, it’s a belt buckle that has a video screen built-in, and displays videos and pictures of your choice.  Tacky?  Extremely.  Popular with clubgoers?  Probably so.

This travesty of good taste goes by the name Egokast, and as its name implies, it’s certainly not for the shy.  In addition to the features mentioned earlier, the Egokast will also play MP3s, has a li-polymer battery which provides up to 9 hours of music playback and up to 6 hours of video, has USB 2.0, and recharges in approximately 3 hours.  Pre-formatted video clips are available online for use with the Egokast or you can quite easily make your own.

If this strikes you as something you have to have, it can be yours for $279 USD.

Read More | Egokast via Popgadget


We got our hands on the new SCOTTeVEST Performance T-Shirt, the latest from the company that makes Technology Enabled Clothing. Check the video for our full review.

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Stonehenge Watch

There are those among us who just can’t get enough of Spinal Tap, particularly the Stonehenge sequence.  For those people, we present the Stonehenge watch.  Flip open the lid, erect the gnomon (that’s something you don’t read every day), orient yourself using the included compass, and let the shadows tell you the time.  Or just flip it over and look at the analog watch dial on the back.

Impress your friends, confuse your enemies!  With this watch, some glittery eyeshadow, and a custom amplifier that goes to eleven, you’re sure to be a shoe-in for the Spinal Tap tribute band now forming in your neighborhood.

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Ponzi Archetype

We had our girl Ponzi take the new Tom Bihn Archetype bag (in Leopard print!) for a spin since we knew she would look a lot better carrying around a bag like this than we would. She tested the bag with her 12” ThinkPad, and reports back with her thoughts on the new bag. You can check out the Archetype Gallery for more images, and the full review after the jump.

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SCOTTeVEST Performance ShirtWe have given some love to SCOTTeVEST products in the past, mostly because they impress the hell out of us. Recently, the company announced availability of the performance version of the SeV T-Shirt. This one is made from 3M Quick Dry fabric, and pulls moisture away from the skin in the event that you are in the midst of a two-hand touch football game at the park, or full-on tackle while playing Madden from your couch. The shirt has one pocket on the left, which has the now infamous SCOTTeVEST Personal Area Network tunneling system for your earbuds if you want to keep an MP3 player in there. You can pick up a short sleeved shirt for $29.99 USD, or a long sleeved version for $34.99 USD.


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Digital Clock T-Shirt

Be the

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laughingstock of your peers with this unisex t-shirt that features a built-in digital clock.  Operating off of four AAA batteries, the t-shirt will emblazon your way for 12-36 hours depending on what flash mode it’s in.  “Flash mode” you say?  Yes, as if glowing digital numbers on your chest weren’t enough, there are eight flashing patterns, with two that are user selectable: fade-in/fade-out and stopwatch mode. 

When the shirt is all grungy and ready for its bath, a little extra caution needs to be taken.  Hand washing is required with the battery pack removed, and due diligence rendered to ensure that the display does not get folded.

Available for $59.95 AU and in a wide veriety of colors, provided any color you want is black.


Read More | Latest Buy via Uber-Review


Voltiac MessengerThe Voltaic Messenger bag is designed to safely carry a laptop and all of your electronic gadgets.  This is not your standard tech-chic bag though; this bag will actually charge your cell phone, satellite phone, PDA, GPS, iPod, camera, etc.  This bag is not designed to charge a larger device like a laptop, but does a fine job with any smaller device.  The power to charge devices comes from 3 solar panels that are waterproof, tough, and lightweight.  A 2,200mAh Li-Ion battery pack with 3 voltage settings is included with the bag so that the bag keeps charging even if there is no available sunlight.  The battery can also be charged via the included AC or car adapter.  Also included are 11 standard adaptors including a car charger socket and USB adaptor so you can always use a standard charger for your device.  Available in several color schemes, this bag retails for $239.00. 


Read More | Voltaic Systems


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