By Gregg Ellman
Airbac backpacks are designed with air cushion technology for a comfortable fit and after loading it up and putting it on your back, you canfeel the comfort.
A pinhole connection is built (and hidden) into lower side of the backpack, which faces you when in use, to adjust the amount of air for the most comfort.
It takes some trial and error but once you get the right amount of air pumped in, you’ll feel, as the company describes, like you are carrying half the weight you actually packed up in gear.
The air pocket design also helps you feel like the weight is distributed more evenly and the backpack rests on your back and hips more comfortably.
Airbac tests revealed “that the Airbac requires 1/10th the amount of energy and stress on the spinal column to carry than does a standard backpack carrying the same weight,” according to a recent email from a company representative.
Users can adjust the amount of air depending on how much gear is stored and carried.
They are available in a variety of sizes and models with each having a lots of pockets for laptops, tablets and accessories.
www.airbac.com prices range from $49 to $149 depending on color and style
MEElectronics in-ear sports headphones (Sport-Fi M6) have an over-the-ear design with a stainless steel memory wire.
This enables you to get the right fit over your ear but then have the same fit each time they are taken off and then put back on.
Six different sized ear tips are included to get the right comfort in your ear, along with a tangle-resistant cord for the great sounding headphones, which bass enthusiasts will love.
They are available in black, clear, orange, pink, purple, teal and white with a color matching carrying case for $29.99. If you want it with an inline microphone, black is your only choice for $34.99.
A mouse is no longer needed when you use the Logitech T650 touchpad.
The device works great to give you the laptop touchpad feel on a desktop computer for clicking, scrolling and pinching to zoom.
Logitech’s tiny USB unifying receiver is included to make a wireless connection and it charges with the included USB cable.
It’s designed for Window’s 8 but lists Windows 7 as being compatible.
It’s built with a smooth glass surface and lets your fingers move in a small manner in up to 13 unique Windows 8 gestures, according to Logitech.
Ten One Design has announced the availability of the first Pogo Connect, which they call the world’s first pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4.0 stylus.
It’s has a solidstate design and a new magnetic tip system for easy on and off, so it should be compatible with interchangeable tips that may be designed in the future.
Inside is a new patent pending technology called Crescendo Sensor, requiring no calibration and giving the user so much sensitivity that the tip will be responsive and recognize the slightest touch.
The Pogo Connect is ideal for artists who want to adjust the pressure
A new way for gamers to play with multiple users is Combiform, which allows them to combine controllers creating a game out of the controllers themselves.
It consists of set of four game controllers, which snap together with magnets, enabling players to team up and interact while playing, requiring them pay close attention to each other.
They also double as traditional controllers that can be used to play games on an iOS, Android, PC, Mac or HDTV.
It’s currently under the Kickstarter project, a funding platform for creative projects to raise money in hopes of bringing it to the retail market.
www.combiformgame.com $54 for 2 or $99 for 4 controllers
Garmin’s StreetPilot app has a 50 percent off deal for Black Friday this year for the North American Garmin StreetPilot Onboard and NAVIGON apps as well as the NAVIGON for Android and Windows Phone apps.
For example, Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA for iOS devices, which normally sells for $49.99, will be available for $24.99.
The apps interface is very similar to a Garmin nüvi unit, which makes it simple to use for first time Garmin users or for those who have owned a nüvi before.
After you turn on the app, just give it a few seconds to acquire the satellite and your specific location, just tap the “Where To” icon, which then offers the choice of inputing an address or searching for specific points of interest. This includes sites such as gas stations, hotels, ATM machines or shopping.
The address feature first asks for a house number and then the street. The Garmin figures out your location and gives you choices; each time it was right on and the first choice was the location I wanted.
I found the app is as accurate in all ends of the country over the past year, including traffic, finding restaurants and fuel options.
Some of the features, such as the live traffic cameras, cost extra ($9.99) but after you factor in the cost of a stand-alone unit typically costing about $200 the app is really a great deal.
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