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Kicks by Bluelounge

This looks like a tiny little thing that could possibly improve your iPad/tablet experience. These thin silicone-rubber rails adhere to the back of your device to keep it from slipping or scratching. While I’ve not used or seen these in person, it looks to be a smart idea with minimal impact to your device (and wallet).

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Price: $11.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Uni-Fold wallet

Each Uni-Fold wallet is made from a single piece of leather with only two hand stitched saddle seams. Noah Lambert, the designer, uses vegetable tanned bridle leather from Wickett & Craig of Pennsylvania, so the whole thing is made right here in the US of A. The simpler, the better, huh?
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Noah Lambert

The Architect Stylus

Need or want a stylus? This one seems to be a good choice. It has a smooth silicon rubber tip 7.0mm in diameter and a black loop cap that can be hooked onto a lanyard (if that’s what you want to do) or screwed onto the back to lengthen the stylus. There’s no screeching across the screen while writing, and the tip offers control and accuracy. For notes or drawings, it looks like it’d be a great companion to your device.
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Price: $22.95
Available from: Artcic Accessories

Grove Bamboo Back

Grove, best known for their beautifully crafted iPhone cases, recently released a new product to cozy-up our Macbooks. The Bamboo Backs are thin self-adhering bamboo veneers that stick to your laptop lid. Nothing particularly ground breaking or innovative in that regard, but what really does it for me is the custom cutouts that uses Apple’s glowing logo to create an extra accent piece. Check out their gallery for currently available cut-out graphics, or for a minimum order of ten, you can customize your own. Designed and made of sustainable bamboo in Portland Oregon.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Grove

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Koostik Mini Koo iPhone Speaker

Building upon their original speaker design, Koostik expands their product offering to those looking for a slightly less expensive and smaller footprint speaker. The Mini Koo measures at just 3.5″ x 5″ x 1.5″, making it a good size for bedside tunes and to follow you on your travels. It makes use of natural passive amplification through its “trumpet horn” speaker port, and requires no power to operate. Available in solid walnut and cherry, finished with an orange oil & beeswax. (more…)

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Price: $70.00
Available from: Koostik

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Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans

I’m currently writing this with a hole in the crotch of my pants. I have three other pairs of pants suffering from the same condition, all from the result of riding my bicycle. Levi’s thinks they could help me with this. Recently launched is their Commuter series, a line of jeans with specific features for urban bicycle riders. Based on the 511 skinny fit jeans, they feature enhancements such as stretch fabric, a water-repellent & anti-odor finish, a built-in U-lock holster, a raised back to help with unwanted skin exposure in the riding position, a reinforced crotch gusset (yeah!),  and 3M reflectors for better night-time visibility.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $$78.00
Availability: Buy Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans here

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Dopp Kit by hard graft

Have you ever seen a nicer wash bag? It’s almost too nice to get anywhere near water, though you could protect the leather/suede with a Scotchguard-ish spray and wax. If you’ve cycled through several wash bags in your recent past, it might be time to consider investing in something that will last, not to mention that looks so darn good. It’s worth mentioning it could also be used as a case for gadgets and cables and such.
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Price: €149
Available from: hard graft

Wool iPad Case

Sure, there’s plenty wool sleeves for gadgets nowadays (Simple iPad Sleeve and Pad Stash Sleeve, to name two), but this one has no seams or extraneous details. Perfect for a purist, I suppose. Check out the colors too- there’s some nice hues to choose from.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: PLASTICA

The Boomcase

Looking for a different sort of portable speaker? Dominic Odbert (aka Mr. Simo) takes old suitcases and transforms them into portable music speakers. Every BoomCase is constructed in California by hand and is made to produce the best sound possible. The BoomCase will last 9+ hours on a single charge (charger included) and can also be plugged in if you prefer. Pretty fun, aren’t they? A few are shown below, but see more of the selection at Decurate.
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Price: $325.00 and up
Available from: Decurate

Mutewatch

Use your gadget skills to navigate this watch; you simply tap, touch, pinch and swipe to access the functions. A vibrating alarm alerts the wearer to the time, and can be adjusted by swiping and tapping; see the video below for a quick demo. Recharge the battery via USP port (runs up to two weeks before charge is needed) and hand wash to clean the rubbery surface.
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Price: $259.00
Available from: A+R Store

Geo/Metric Scarves and Pillows

Pattern! Geometrics! These cotton voile hand screened scarves by Thomaspaul are quite lovely, and available in four different colors (all shown below). Plus, if you wish to accessorize your home with the same geometric patterns, there’s also pillows. Happy days, yes?
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Price: $60.00 - 74.00
Available from: 2Modern

Alternate Future Collection by IGNOBLE

If you are looking for a smart and functional bag/backpack, IGNOBLE is a good place to start. We’ve featured their Cora Rucksack and the Lenore Backpack before, and now that they’ve just released two new bags it’s only right to shine some light on them as well. The Stilwin Seedpod Backpack is a sleek and compact daypack while the Wonderly Canister Rucksack covers your travel needs as it holds a higher capacity. Both bags are limited to a run of 325 pieces each, so if you’re interested, get a move on.
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Price: $319.00 - 399.99
Available from: IGNOBLE

Wenger Utility Pocket-Knife

Have you ever seen a nicer looking Swiss Army Knife? This version features a sustainably harvested walnut from Switzerland that would otherwise be discarded. And what else, you ask? The knife includes a large blade, serrated-edge scissors, screwdriver for small cross head screws, flat screwdriver with safety lock system, wood saw, cap lifter, wire bender, can opener, nail file, corkscrew, reamer and a key ring. What else would you need? It’s also worth pointing out this could make a great gift for someone; file it away for when you’re short of ideas.

Measures 8.3 cm/3.2 in

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

Evo Bicycle Handlebar Basket

Smart! These handlebars have an integrated basket, meaning less rattling as you’re out and about. Made from sturdy aluminum tubing, this mounts just like a normal handlebar (removable faceplate stem required) and can hold up to 60 lbs. For those of you in Europe, the Bike Porter (available through flow berlin, € 135) is in a similar vein.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: EVO on Amazon

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Goggles Umbrella

This umbrella by 25togo from Taiwan has a goggle-shaped window for seeing (or spying, as is suggested), no doubt helpful when you want to keep dry yet not crash into other pedestrians. Topped off with a periscope-shaped cap, it’s cute enough to get some smiles and funny enough to be admired (no scoffing allowed).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: designboom shop