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HiSmart “urban bag” can snap pics, record audio and more

HiSmart “urban bag” can snap pics, record audio and more

We've seen smartglasses and smartwatches and smart homes and smart cars, and slowly we're seeing the rise of smart accessories -- things that aren't your primary daily devices, but that complement both them and your life in ways that make the technology a little more convenient or a little more useful. Smart bags are one such accessory, and HiSmart has changed up what we expect from them: it can take pictures, record audio, find your smartphone, transform its orientation, and more.

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MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

You never know when you're going to need to unleash your inner Rambo, and having the right equipment on hand is probably essential to make sure it ends well. You could carry a metal shield around everywhere and claim it's a hipster umbrella, but if that's not quite subtle enough for your needs, there's the MTS briefcase, which looks like a good alternative. It's a briefcase during the 9 to 5, but when the time comes it transforms into a personal (nearly) weapons-proof shield.

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Brevitē camera backpack mixes form and function

Brevitē camera backpack mixes form and function

If you often tote a camera around with your laptop or other gear, you know the hassles that can arise -- you have to make sure everything you need not only fits, but fits safely, and though there are camera compartments available that can be put inside existing backpacks, they're not always the best fit. Enter Brevite, a backpack designed specifically for photographers looking to carry around their camera, lenses, laptop, and other gear, all the while retaining an attractive design.

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Phorce Pro: the world’s first “smart bag”

Phorce Pro: the world’s first “smart bag”

There’s a "Smart" for every kind of piece of equipment you own these days - why not a smart bag? Phorce Pro suggests that they’re the first to this market, bringing a bag that tells you how much battery life it’s carrying. The battery it carries also powers your devices - up to three of them at once.

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Travel gear: what makes for a good tech bag?

Travel gear: what makes for a good tech bag?

Traveling usually involves toting at least one of your gadgets along with you, and more often than not involves bringing along multiple devices. Not only does this represent a hefty financial investment, but if there's work to be done, unexpected destruction could throw your entire trip into a tailspin. Selecting the right bag can make all the difference, but knowing what to buy isn't always straight forward.

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EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

Anyone who's on the road a lot for work, school, or pleasure knows it can be a challenge keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use away from an outlet. If your travels take you outdoors a lot, keeping your gadgets charged and keeping you in touch can be particularly troublesome. A company called Ascent Solar Technologies has announced a new backpack called the EnerPlex Packr that not only has plenty of room for all of your gear, but helps keep your gadgets powered working.

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TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

Over the past several weeks we've had the opportunity to take a look at the TYLT Energi+ Backpack, one of a burgeoning series of accessories from the manufacturers that really making a place for themselves in this industry back at CES 2013. What we've seen with this backpack is a superior build, more room for devices than we know what to do with, and - perhaps most importantly - a comfortable bag to wear on a regular basis. Here we've got a multi-use backpack aimed at the owner of multiple devices - that's us!

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I Bought A Purse

I Bought A Purse

I bought a bag. It looks like a purse. It's my fault. I knew this was a distinct possibility, but I went ahead and ordered it anyway. I skipped a few bags trying to play themselves of as satchels. Even the one branded "Indy," in honor of Indiana Jones wasn't fooling anyone. I've played the satchel game before and ended up wearing a purse. This time I thought I would go for a carrying case instead. A carrying case I bought, and a carrying case arrived. Unfortunately, my carrying case looks like a purse.

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Halo Zero LED messenger bag lights up Kickstarter

Halo Zero LED messenger bag lights up Kickstarter

For those who like to exercise or otherwise travel on foot after the sun has set, getting to where you're going safely can be difficult. Bikes and some types of clothes offer reflectors, of course, but if you're making your way through crowded city streets, it can be difficult to stick out. That's a problem Halo Belt Company and Rickshaw Bagworks have teamed up to solve with the new Halo Zero LED messenger bag, a product that recently went up on Kickstater.

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