PERSONAL

Chute Lightweight Bag

Sure, you have your reusable bags, but do they fold up as easy as this one? Simply pull the aluminum handle and the bag collapses neat and tidy to be stored away. This quick action is thanks to a paracord that runs through the bag and pulls the structure together. Carbon fiber tubes reinforce the bottom of the bag.

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Price: $82.50
Available from: The Future Perfect

Woolfiller Kit

I know it’s just the beginning of fall, but may I ask you to assess your sweater collection? And, if, by chance, you find a few holes or stains in your favorite woolen or cashmere item, do not despair, for there’s a relatively easy solution found in the Woolfiller kit by Heleen Klopper.

It’s easier to show the video (below) than to walk through the instructions, but, trust me, anyone can do this. And, yes, it might be a little quirkier look than you’re used to, but I’d encourage you to try it out on at least one piece of clothing, for you’ll save yourself the time and money of replacing the item completely. Keep in mind that the patches tend to stand out more when the colors are varied (as shown in the image above), but you can mix or match however you want. Also, don’t just stop at sweaters; you can use this kit to repair rugs, curtains, etc.

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Price: $37.00
Available from: Sweet Bella

Eastern Collective Wrapped iPhone Cable

Take your love for cloth cord with you with these Wrapped iPhone Cable from Eastern Collective. They’re compatible with all Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPhone products, and available in four colors.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Eastern Collective

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Portable Body Scale

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have guessed what this was? At first glance, it sort of looks like a new tablet device, or very huge smart phone. Or a pice of plastic that reads your weight by scanning your irises. All those exciting things are unfortunately incorrect, as it is a portable body scale. However, if you’re a tad fanatical about losing some of those pounds, you will be excited, because now you can weigh yourself wherever you want. Have a small bathroom? It’s only 8.27″ x 4.33″, so it’ll fit. Weigh yourself (or your suitcase) when traveling, or pull it out of your bag while you’re waiting in line at the fast food joint.

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Price: $29.99
Available from: ThinkGeek

The Camera Cooler Bag

What better way to relax after a long day of shooting than with a nice cold beverage? Too bad your camera bag isn’t also a cooler… oh well. Wait, did you say something? There’s such a thing?! Indeed, there is, and it’s about to change your excursions from being a ho-hum-sort-of-thirsty hell to a I-can-handle-anything-because-I-have-refreshments blissful outing. Or so we hope. A removable insert protects your camera and lenses while the insulated walls will keep your lunch/snacks cool. Just be sure to keep food and drinks separate and securely closed from your gear, because someone (pointing at you) will be unhappy if the two should mix.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Photojojo

ChargeCard

A charger that fits into your wallet? Sign me up. The ChargeCard is three times the thickness of a credit card, thus making it one of the most portable USB cords available. No cables involved either; a foldout USB arm allows a thin and compact profile. Only 3 days left on this Kickstarter project, so if you’re interested, best pledge your money now.

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Fitbit

Do you really know how active you are? Do you know how many flights of stairs you take each day or how many calories you burn? If not, that’s where this little gadget comes into play. The Fitbit is a tracker that shows your real-time activity. Your full day’s steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, all of it counted and logged, even your sleep (if you want).

It’s small enough to clip onto your waistband or slide into a pocket, and it syncs to the Fitbit website where you may further track your food intake and compare your activity with others. On a personal note, I bought a Fitbit a few weeks ago and it has been an excellent motivator to be more active, even if it’s just getting up from my desk more often to get cups of tea. Where once I might have conveniently ignored the fact that I had not exercised, now it’s unavoidable, especially as I have a significant other that keeps a healthy competition going as to who has climbed the most flights of stairs per day. More info below.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: Fitbit

Halo LED Belt

“Be Seen, Be Safe” is the motto for San Francisco-based upstart company Halo. Their Halo Belt is a multipurpose light-up LED safety belt, providing high visibility for any night time activity. The red, green, or blue lights operate in two modes; solid and flashing. The battery life lasts up to 75 hours using standard CR2025 batteries. Halo blew their Kickstarter goal out of the water, but if you act quick you can still pre-order yours. Otherwise, stay tuned to their official site for updates and availability. Safety aside, the Halo Belt will be a big hit at your next Daft Punk party. Just sayin’.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Trust Me Cufflinks

The current political atmosphere isn’t the most friendly, so perhaps these wouldn’t be appropriate to wear to work unless you’re employed at either party’s headquarters. Thoughts on another cufflink pairing: “Trust Me” and “I’m disappointed with politics” (“I’m disappointed with the current political atmosphere” wouldn’t fit).
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Price: $49.95
Available from: Gent Supply Co.

eco-amp

Yes, there are a ton of iPhone amplifiers out there. However, this eco-amp is different in that it is made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper and can be assembled/disassembled as needed. Think of it as an ultra simple and somewhat temporary option for increasing your iPhone’s sound output. You can, of course, also recycle it when its lifespan is complete.

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Price: $7.99
Available from: eco-made

Amplifiear

If you’ve ever found yourself cupping your hand around the iPad’s speaker in order to get a louder or clearer sound, take note of this little ‘ear’ that clips onto the iPad’s corner. Sounds are projected towards you for better hearing and higher frequencies get a bigger boost.

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Price: $24.95
Available from: bitemyapple.co

Set Editions Collar Stays

Don’t get too comfortable. These collar stays will administer a dose of humility each morning while getting dressed. Think of it as a gift for the next time a gentleman friend of yours receives a promotion. Set of ten standard size collar stays in a glass vial.

From set editions.

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Price: $16.00
Available from: set editions

Aviiq Ready Clips

These handy Ready Clips take the flat usb cable design and run with it. Their short 5.5 inch height is based on standard pen sizes, designed to be portable. The added side clips make them convenient for pockets or clipped to your notebook. Ready Clips are available Micro USB, MINI USB and Apple dock devices.
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Price: $29.99
Available from: Aviiq

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Xtreme All-Terrain USB Key

Are you constantly finding yourself in extreme situations? As in, crazy places where you would need your data protected from 10-ton truck wheels and temperatures as high as 392 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as -50 Celsius? Besides finding a new job, you need to consider this USB flash drive by LaCie and Constance Guisset. The impenetrable 2mm casing and wear-resistant, water-resistant screw threads (with rubber O-ring) will protect the USB 2.0 interface against all manner of extreme conditions.
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Price: $56.00
Available from: A+R Store

Twig iPhone Cable

We can blog our hearts out here with all the endless Apple dock accessories that seem to perptually come out, but we choose to be discerning. In the case of this Twig cable, we have an innovative product that elevates the iPhone cable from, well, just being an iPhone cable. Designed for portability, the 4″ twig won’t tangle itself traveling in your bag. The three bendable legs can be made into a tripod, perfect for video chats and pictures. Plugging to into an AC adapter makes an instant wall charger dock. What doesn’t the thing do? The Twig is curretly in its Kickstarter funding stage. Your backing goes towards tooling and production costs with a slated release date of September 2012.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter