Quality and Convenience. These are the words that immediately come to mind about Tom Bihn’s Smart Alec laptop backpack and accessories. Available in 4 color combinations, this bag is as stylish as it is functional. But let’s start with Quality. The large, roomy (18.5” x 11.75” x 7.75”), Smart Alec is made of 1050 denier Ballistic and 1000 denier Cordura nylons, and is lined with 500 denier Dupont Cordura nylon. Translation? This bag is strong, and seemingly indestructible, exemplified by their lifetime guarantee. Plus, both the back of the backpack and the straps are heavily padded. My first time out with Alec, I was carrying at least 10 pounds of laptop and other stuff—and yet Alec was surprising comfortable on my back. If you plan on using the Smart Alec as a laptop bag, I highly recommend the Brain Cell, a soft, lightweight but tough-as-nails shell for your computer, with 8mm of durable foam padding. The Brain Cell (which, with its two mesh pockets and shoulder strap attachments can itself be used as a laptop bag) is of the highest quality and durability. The Brain Cell even attaches to the interior of the Smart Alec with “Annex Clips”, further securing your precious PC. I actually dropped Alec twice—with my laptop inside—and wasn’t even remotely concerned about damage to my Gateway. That’s how confident I was in the Brain Cell (my laptop is just fine, by the way).
We’re not much into footwear here on Gear Live, but summer is almost upon us, and we found a pair that we’re almost agog over. Reef’s Fanning Sandals are made of water-resistent nubuck on the top and a rubber outsole. The heel features an actual airbag to keep you ID and car keys dry, provided that you don’t lose them or go lame. As if that isn’t nifty enough, you can pop open a beer with the church key cleverly implanted in the sole. The Signature sandals can be found in many e-shops for $44.95 - $49.95, so do some e-window shopping before you buy.
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Today and tomorrow, you can get that piece of Michael Jackson and his family that we know you wanted. More than 700 items will be auctioned off and are expected to bring in at least 7 figures worth of revenue. Included are such items as LaToya’s Feather Headdress, a set of Ludwig drums that belonged to The Jackson Five early in their career, and an image created by cartoonist Joe Barbera. If you want to be a part of the bidding action or just see what the King of Pop can do without, visit eBay or Live Auctioneers.
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Going on vacation soon? We have just the thing to keep your small valuables safe: ArchPort’s sandals and sneakers. Their clever footwear have soles that double as large hidden compartments, perfect for storing keys, money, credit cards, etc. And fortunately, you can access your stash without having to take your shoes off, for ultimate discretion. The company claims their footwear are highly durable and should last five years. ArchPort sneakers and sandals are currently available at Amazon.
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This has to be one of the gaudiest iPods we have seen to date. Buy a Limited Edition Tide “Loads of Hope” t-shirt in blue, yellow, or black for $10.00 and you will have a chance to win a customized Tide iPod or a $50.00 gift card from the iTunes store from Proctor and Gamble. All proceeds from the sales will go to the St. Bernard Project, which is endeavoring to build 10 houses for New Orleans’ families. We realize that not everybody wants to sport a shirt that turns you into a walking billboard, but maybe you could just purchase one for your Uncle Malcolm for Father’s Day and keep the reward, should you win one, for yourself. The promotion is open until June 25.
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Not everyone wears their cellphone clipped to their jeans. Some of us keep our phone in a tote or handbag, and are thus unable to hear it ring. The folks at BlueQ invented a solution: the Bluetooth Vibrating Wristband, which—you guessed it—vibrates whenever your stowed-away bluetooth-enabled phone receives a call. But wait, there’s more! You can design your own wristband on the company’s website. Just upload the photo of your choice, which will then be printed and applied to your BlueQ. Pricing is not yet available, so stay tuned…
A couple of months ago, we told you about the Tunebuckle, a sleek belt buckle that also stores your
iPodnano. Well the clothing-iPod synergy continues with iWear. How does it work? The iWear is back casing for your Nano, placed behind an article of clothing (say a pant leg), and then fit you your iPod into the case from the front side. Since you only see the iPod and not the case, we think the effect is odd-but-cool-looking, and is a rather convenient way to store your nano, especially at the gym. Available now for $25 USD.
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If you can find a more aptly-named item than the “Show Off T-Shirt” we’d love to see it. This tee actually has a graphic equalizer panel that is sensitive to sound, so that the red, yellow and green lights actually move to the beat of music playing nearby. Luckily, the shirt’s small, detachable battery pack has an on/off switch, in case you suddenly decide normalcy isn’t so bad after all. Requires 4 AAA batteries, which are not included. For better or worse, instant (if fleeting) fame can be costly, as the $92 USD price for this tee can attest to.
So we recently suggested some fascinating but very expensive Mother’s Day gifts, such as this Windows-Powered Sewing Machine. Here’s another cool gift idea for you non-Trumps: it’s the Women’s Digital Photo Wallet, which includes a removable photo viewer, able to store up to 55 color shots! You just transfer the photos via USB, and the battery is rechargeable. The 1.4 inch display is a tad small, but hey, it’s for a wallet, and it guarantees Mom will have the coolest gift to show off to her posse the next day. That alone is worth the $50 USD, isn’t it?
Another day, another use for retro Nintendo byproducts and cool Transformer and Star Wars replicas. The belt buckles come in three designs:
- Transformer Optimus Prime, 2.75 x 2.5-inches wide and will fit a belt up to 1.5-inches wide - $14.99.
- Nintendo, 2 x 4.5-inches wide and will fit a belt up to 1.75-inches wide - $14.99.
- Darth Vader 3.5 x 3.5-inches and will fit a belt up to 1.5-inches wide - $24.99.
All three are available online at ThinkGeek.
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