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Vivick Anti-Theft Backpack Debuts at CES

Posted by Andrew at 5:06 AM on December 20, 2011

Vivick LogoThe theft of mobile electronic devices has become increasingly attractive as the value of gadgets rises and the economy falls. A particularly easy way to steal is to simply open likely-looking backpacks and rucksacks while they’re being worn and remove the gadgetry without the owner noticing. Sometimes the pack can be unzipped quietly, other times it’s cut open with a knife or scissors. A skilled thief can do this while someone is walking along but more commonly it happens on trains and buses.

To defend against this thievery, Canadian firm Vivick will debut their new line of anti-theft backpacks at CES in January, comprising three bags constructed from an anti-slash military-grade gauge nylon with a combination lock built into the zipper tab. Each model is designed to look good while being sturdy and durable, and the carry straps are also strengthened.

Rifling through my satchel this morning, I found a laptop, a tablet, an MP3 player and a somewhat old smartphone (Palm Treo Pro). Even with this last item, the total value of the technology exceeds £1000 (or $1500), so this isn’t a purely theoretical risk.

Vivick is known for its professional electronic designs, having worked for Apple, Sony, Samsung and Dell to create accessories for their own product lines. Vivick has also worked with Aston Martin and Ferrari on interior automotive accessories. Based on these credentials, I’ll be very interested to see what they come up with at CES.

Jill-e Designs for Colourful and Stylish Gadget Bags

Posted by Andrew at 4:50 PM on February 11, 2011

Jeffrey and Esby get fashion tips from Jill Wight, President of Jill-e Designs, creators of stylish gadget bags. From SLR cameras to smartphones, there’s pretty much a bag for every device. But these aren’t boring grey or black – they come in a wide range of bright colours and fantastic patterns.

Although aimed mostly at women, there are some very stylish brown leather bags in the collection (see the Jack range) which would appeal to the men too.

Prices from $30 upwards.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com and Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Mobile Edge Scanfast 2.0 Checkpoint & Eco-friendly Stylish Laptop Bags

Posted by tomwiles at 1:45 PM on January 23, 2011

Matthew Olivolo of Mobile Edge Stylish Laptop Bags (www.mobileedge.com) presents the Scanfast 2.0 collection of Checkpoint-friendly and Eco-friendly laptop computer bags. Amazingly, the material is actually constructed out of corn and is therefore made of non-petroleum-based material. Featuring a butterfly design, the laptop does not have to be removed in order to be scanned, nor do the bags have to be placed into the TSA gray bins — they are designed to roll right down the rollers into the scanners. The laptop bags feature plenty of zippered pockets for numerous accessories. Models include a briefcase, messenger bag and backpack. The briefcase version will accommodate up to a 16″ inch laptop, while the backpack version will accommodate up to a 17″ laptop. The bags are priced affordable at $99 each and come with a lifetime warranty. If a zipper should break the consumer can send it back in for repair at no cost to the customer.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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