Nomatic Travel Pack

NOMATIC is a company that was born on Kickstarter and their goal was to create the most functional Travel Pack ever. Their campaign launched with two product offerings: the Backpack and the Travel Pack. It was a very successful campaign with 10,573 backers raising $2,203,254 and is one of the most popular bags that we backed on Kickstarter.

Travel Pack Features

· Waterproof zippers and water resistant materials: I used the bag in the rain and the snow and it has kept all of my belongings dry. I know it is very important for many people so I want to mention that this bag does not use YKK zippers.

· Briefcase mode: There is a place to tuck the backpack straps in and hold the bag like a briefcase but I don’t particularly like the way the bag looks without the straps. Also, the way the promotional video demonstrates taking the straps out is a bit hard to figure out. Pro tip: slip your fingers underneath the straps and close to the buttons before thrusting your arms forward.

· Full perimeter zipper: While it is great to be able access all of your belongings from most sides of the bag (excluding the bottom), my biggest gripe with that is you can have a total of six zippers on one corner of your bag with no differentiating characteristics. My solution to this would be to make some of the pull tabs a different color or, better yet, make the pull tabs on each pocket a different material so you don’t have to look at the bag to know which pocket you’re opening.

Another downside with this zipper is the unique shape of the backpack. Because it’s not a continuous zip, when this bag is over packed a little, it makes closing the bag more challenging.

· Over 20 pockets: The organizational capabilities of this bag are seemingly endless with how many different pockets it has. It’s wonderful to have a place for pretty much anything you can think of carrying.

There are two issues that I had with the many pockets. The first being that the more options you have with pockets, the longer it takes you to figure out which pocket is optimal for which item. The second, more major issue, is that these pockets are split into three compartments. When I get to the office, I have to open up all three separate compartments to retrieve everything I need. One compartment holds my laptop; another holds my shoes, water bottle, laptop charger, wireless mouse, and snacks; and the final compartment holds my notebook, pens, and cell phone charger.

· Quick-access fleece pocket: All new backpacks really should have a quick-access pocket. I’m a big fan of this feature because I keep my headphones, gum, and eyeglass cleaning cloth in there. One small thing about it is that I wish it were just a little bit deeper. It’s too shallow and I find my fingers hitting the bottom of the pocket a lot quicker than I’m typically used to in these pockets.

· RFID blocking pocket: Understanding that identity theft is a concern for many people, I appreciate having this secure pocket. That being said, I do not use the RFID pocket for that purpose. I just like where it’s positioned and keep small papers and cords that I use in there.

· Removable hard protective case for glasses:Since I wear my glasses every day, I was very excited to have this addition into a bag. It’s wonderful that NOMATIC added this feature so that when I (rarely) play sports, I can throw on a pair of contacts and put my glasses in and not worry about them being damaged.

I don’t use this case too often because it is the size of one of the elastic mesh pockets so it reduces the amount of things you can use that pocket for. When it’s in there, it also gets in the way of other items that you may want quick access to. Another thing to mention is that once you pop off the cover, it takes a little getting used to to get the cover back on.

· Hidden pocket for cash and passport: I see many bags have a hidden pocket these days to keep your valuables and this Travel Pack is no different. I actually didn’t use this pocket because it is so hidden that it’s pretty hard to access. I would only put things in here that I really wouldn’t need access to.

· Cord pass through holes: I’m not actually a big gadget person so these holes weren’t useful for me but I have friends who are constantly charging their phones while I’m with them so I can definitely see the utility in these. What I appreciated was that when you don’t use these pass through holes, they’re not very conspicuous.

· Magnetic water bottle pockets: This is probably Geoff’s favorite part of the bag. It has water bottle pockets on both sides. I did find them very useful to carry a thermos in too.

· Retractable key leash: When I first saw this in the video, I was quite excited to have this key leash. Locking my door and just dropping my keys to have them zip right back into my bag was like a dream! I used the key leash for about a week before putting the keys back in my pocket. Unfortunately, I don’t always have my backpack with me when I go places so having to take the keys off the key ring every time became a hassle. Of course, this could be remedied by just adding an additional hook to your keys!

· Freestanding: This is something that I really do like about the bag. I don’t like it when my bags flop to the ground. Anyone who lives in NYC can tell you that when you are forced to put your bag on the subway, bus, a public bathroom (as HL can attest to), or a crowded restaurant you want as little of the bag touching the ground as possible.

· Full perimeter expansion: This is what really differentiates the Travel Pack from the Backpack. Being able to expand this bag to use it on a short road trip to DC was wonderful.

· Mesh dividing wall: While I understand the need to separate different sections of the bag, I actually found it easier to pack this bag with the mesh pocket open.


So all in all, this is a very functional backpack for those of you who love to have a place for everything. As an EDC, it definitely caters to those who carry more around. As a travel bag, it’s only decent. The materials used seem high quality but the bag as a whole takes a little getting used to before it becomes a part of your daily routine. If you liked this review then you may like some others so please check them out. Out of all the bags I own this is probably the best bag with amazing build quality and value for money, and you can get it for $70 off for Black Friday!

TAD Fast pack scout

Triple Aught Design’s FAST series of tactical bags are some of the best ever made. But – though they are quick, easy, and expandable – they’re still too bulky for some extreme minimalists. Luckily, the brand has addressed that one drawback with their new FAST Pack Scout.

This mil-spec Invista Cordura nylon & Hypalon bag still features everything that’s great about their other FAST line bags – compatibility with their modular platform, a wealth of storage options (from PALS webbing to compartmental internal pouches and pockets), and easy access via a large clamshell opening. But it also has a major advantage when it comes to minimalism, as the Scout offers up 15 liters of storage in a package that weighs a total of 2.2 pounds. It also features an integrated mesh hydration sleeve, compression straps, a 1″ stability belt, and a full-height zippered internal mesh pocket. This backpack is honestly one of the most comprehensively well-executed bags for its size we’ve ever seen – and it’s available for $195.

Overall if you want a bag that is built to take a beating and don’t mind paying a premium price, then this bag is for you. If you like this post you may like some others so please check them out.

TAD Fast pack scout US

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

When the original Surface Studio came out in 2016, no one saw it coming. Microsoft making a desktop PC? It felt a little backwards at the time (though we did like the original). In retrospect, it made a lot of sense. The Surface line had always been about touchscreens and stylus integration, so why not bring it to an all-in-one PC that can transform into a digital drafting table? It feels like the kind of concept Apple would have gleefully made in the early 2000s.

As with most all-in-ones, the display is the centerpiece of the experience. As it was with its predecessor, the Surface Studio 2’s screen measures 4,500 × 3,000 pixels and 28 inches diagonally. It’s an odd screen resolution if you’re used to 1440p or 4K, but trust us, you won’t be concerned with the numbers once you see it with your own eyes.

The Surface Studio 2 comes with the Surface Pen bundled in, which shows how serious Microsoft is about people using the two products in tandem. The pen is the same as it’s always been and it’s still the best touchscreen stylus you can buy. Drawing, sketching, and writing all feel eerily smooth, mimicking natural handwriting. If you’ve ever drawn on a Surface tablet, the experience is similar here — of course, enhanced by the massive screen and tilting hinge.

Overall this product gives apple a run for their money, and if you can cough up the cash, then you definitely won’t regret the investment. If you liked this post then you may like some others so check them out.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 US

Pix Backpack

Imagine carrying around an animated Lite-Brite screen on your back. Now you can, with Pix, “the first animative backpack which is currently funding on Kickstarter. The backpack can display pictures, animations, and playable 8-bit games like Tetris and Snake, all through an Android or IOS app Early-bird backers can get the backpack for $199, which seems a little on the expensive side. But how important is a customizable illuminated screen to you?

For starters if your a cyclists, a cycling remote (which is offered in the $299 cyclers pack) attaches to your bike and can sync with the backpack through Bluetooth to display turn signals and stop signs. It can also display other widgets like time, weather, and mobile notifications.

You can use it to wait for your friend Ann at the airport

Or call a taxi at an airport

Overall, even though this is little on the expensive side and looks a bit goofy when you are carrying it, finally all eyes will be on you everywhere you go!

Kickstarter Link

By: Aryaman Harlalka

ReMarkable 


As a material, paper has a lot of benefits. It’s been around for thousands of years, it’s a universally understood medium, and it’s cheap. But there are also downsides: paper can rip and tear, it’s heavy, and can take up a lot of space. reMarkable is a company that thinks it’s time for paper to get an upgrade, with its similarly named reMarkable “paper tablet.” The reMarkable device is essentially a giant E Ink tablet that aims to replace paper, working as a reading and note-taking device. In particular, the company is highlighting the “ultra high friction” materials used on the display to allow it to feel like writing on actual paper, alongside proprietary low-latency technology for quickly updating the screen (refresh rate is famous for being one of E Ink’s biggest weaknesses).


The tablet is intentionally designed to be minimalist when it comes to features. The reMarkable can only display ebooks, PDFs, and documents, allowing you to annotate them, or serve as a blank notebook for writing or sketching. That said, the large, 10.3-inch E Ink screen does look particularly nice for reading and taking notes on, if you’re willing to make the jump to digital paper. It definitely looks like the sort of thing I would have liked to use in college: a one-stop replacement for my heavy notebooks and textbooks, with a great screen and the ability to write notes on my professor’s endless lecture slideshows.

Snapchat Glasses 


Like to view the world through Snapchat-colored glasses? You’ll soon be able to do that for real. The millennial-friendly messaging service plus social network plus video hub is set to release “Spectacles,” its own smart glasses. The specs shoot first-person video clips, or Snaps, that you can transfer directly to the Snapchat app.”We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world,” the post says, “capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses.” Both sites say the specs will arrive “soon.” In an article published late Friday by The Wall Street Journal, Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel said the glasses would be available in the fall.The move is the latest in the continuous effort by tech companies to see into the future and stake out new territory as they jostle for customers and try to keep each other at bay.

The specs can record up to 10 seconds of video from the wearer’s perspective. Each tap of a button mounted on the frames records another clip, while a ring of tiny lights lets people know you’re recording. The camera-glasses use a 115-degree-angle lens that resembles the human eye’s natural field of view, the Journal said. “Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer your Memories directly into the app in our brand new circular video format [which] plays full screen on any device, in any orientation,” Snap Inc. said on its site. They cost $130 but if you find one it probably won’t be less than $500-$600.

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Nvidia Shield – The console killer ?

  
If the Nvidia Shield already sounds like a familiar name, that’s because it is. Nvidia has used the Shield moniker across a couple of its other products – Shield Portable, Shield Tablet – but the Shield, revealed this week at GDC 2015, is the missing piece of the puzzle. An Android TV and high-end gaming console in one, Nvidia Shield is a set-top box box that wants to be the hub of your living room. This is a product that’s been five years in the making, according to Nvidia, and from what I’ve seen so far the company has every right to feel proud of what it’s achieved. This isn’t just taking on the likes of Apple TV, it’s also gunning for your big living room console. For all that it does, the Shield remains pleasingly thin with an interesting angular design and – of course – a green V-shaped light that glows when the device is switched on. It’s quite long, but the box can be stood upright if that TV cabinet is looking crowded enough already. However, we doubt Nvidia’s design will prove too intrusive.

  
But more importantly, the gaming – so far – works great too, and is where the Shield outdoes rivals like Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV. Nvidia is opening up its Grid streaming platform to Shield come the May launch, letting you beam 1080p 60fps games to your living room for a (as yet unconfirmed) subscription fee. Obviously the quality of streaming is going to depend on if your home connection is up to scratch.

Overall this system could be known as the console killer coming in at just $199.99, as it is an all round option that doesn’t break the bank. This device is a perfect example for the saying “bang for your buck”. If you like this then you might like some others so please check them out. Also don’t forget to subscribe, like and comment on this post.

https://shield.nvidia.com/store/android-tv

  
When the original 3Doodler pen dropped on Kickstarter back in 2013, it was an almost instant success. After reaching its initial funding goal within hours, the device — which at the time was world’s first “3D-printing pen” — went on to rack up more than $2.4 million before the campaign finished. Now, less than two years later, the company is back with a new-and-improved design that’s slimmer, sleeker, and easier to use than ever before. We took it for a spin to see if drawing 3-dimensional objects in midair is as easy as they made it look in that Kickstarter pitch video. Here’s what we found.

3Doodler 2.0 knocks the socks off version 1.0 in just about every way, but build quality and design are definitely the most significant. In addition to a new sleek new aluminum enclosure, the new version is also ¼ the size of its predecessor, so it’s considerably more comfortable to hold in your hand.

  
Honestly, you’re not going to make many practical, functional, or truly useful objects with 3Doodler — but that’s not really what it’s made for. At the end of the day, it’s really just a fun artistic tool. If you’re looking for a legit 3D printer that you can make useful objects with, you should definitely look elsewhere. 3Doodler probably isn’t what you want. That said, if you like the idea of drawing objects in three dimensions, without having to jump over all the hurdles that lie between ideation and creation (like software, computer models, and properly calibrated machinery) then the newest 3Doodler should definitely be in your artist’s toolkit!

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The Ultimate Cycle Lock – Kickstarter

Every cyclist knows the pain of locking up and unlocking their bike.. Why does security need to be so unpleasant? With the Grasp Lock, bicycle security has never been easier. It reads your fingerprint and unlocks in less than a second. It’s ergonomic design lets it slide on and off your bike easily. The hinged arms allows for maneuverability so you don’t have to reach over your bike to secure it.
  
Keys can be lost or copied and key mechanisms can be picked. The lock’s biometric fingerprint sensor provides enhanced security. The Grasp Lock leverages the world’s smallest optical fingerprint sensor. The gear and tech they use while riding is meant to improve our experience, but for as long as they’ve existed our bike locks have done the opposite. They’re clumsy, awkward to use and take forever to simply lock up your bike. The Grasp Lock changes all of that. Designed to be faster, easier and smarter, it is the first bike lock that actually improves your cycling experience.

  

We think that this is a must have for the daily commuter or the hardcore cyclist, basically anyone.The Grasp Lock is water resistant and can take being left in a downpour. Just don’t try locking up your bike underwater. If you like this you might like some others so please check them out. Also like and comment below thelling us what you think about this project. Thank you everyone for supporting this blog.

The Cube

  
 
The Cube takes 5 inch displays and turns them into 120 inch displays. It works with your devices, so you can play with scale. Meticulously designed for unbridled imaginations, the Cube is autonomous and portable, vivid and powerful. Go places and take it with you, or stay put and be transported. Small, but made for big things,… the cube is engineered for portability and performance—20,000 hours of bulb life, 120 inches of display, and only 2 inches of lightweight aluminum equal infinite possibilities. From grand adventures and strokes of genius, to channel surfing and movie marathoning, the Cube is tuck-it-in-your-pocket tiny, and that’s kind of a big deal.
  
Stay in and go all out with the riveting size and clarity of the Cube’s display. Venture beyond the sofa and create a home theater in any room you choose; from rewatching old favorites under the comfort of your covers to camping out in your basement to set the mood for some film noir horror stories, the Cube is as versatile as your media queue. Like turning the screen in your pocket into a cinema on your ceiling, or upping the production value of your shadow puppet performances. The Cube is for indoor stargazing and outdoor cartoon-watching, for sharing experiences and creating memories. For watching the game on the big screen with the crew, or a simple media solution for your shoebox apartment without room for a TV—for impromptu work presentations in the field or in the office, or for a spellbinding art installation, the Cube is for using your small screen to transform any blank canvas.

  

To settle scores or defend your legendarily dextrous thumbs, hook the Cube up to your Xbox or Playstation and instantly create an immersive gaming arena. Epic adventures deserve to be experienced beyond the TV, even if you’re not budging from the couch. Triumph over evil, or just over your roommate, Brian. The Cube is for eternal bragging rights.

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