Bob Patterson

OtterBox, makers of super-durable phone and tablet cases, is entering a new product category with the Venture camping cooler and Elevation drink tumblers. It looks like they're bringing some next-level design thinking to the game in addition to the rugged durability OtterBox is known for.  The standard features on the Venture cooler series look pretty solid. Three… Read More

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Most of us need to stay connected to their iPhones when we exercise. You shouldn't take calls and texts on the gym floor (except in emergencies), but music and workout apps are essential to many of our fitness regimens. The Wonderful Things Factory (WTFactory for short) has designed an iPhone case that's a unique alternative… Read More

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This Is Ground is known for leather carry accessories that are handmade in Los Angeles, California. The new Connoisseur collection introduces updated designs wrapped in a new series of luxurious Italian leathers. This Is Ground's product line offers a unique take on refined small-carry items and modular folios that can be customized based on your… Read More

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Outdoor party season is fast approaching, folks! At my house, that means it's time to fire up the grill, dust off the patio furniture, put the drinks on ice, and fire up the tunes. To help in the music department I'm testing the Tronsmart Element T2, an outdoor water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, to see how its… Read More

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Last week, Google announced the introduction of YouTube TV in the Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay areas as an alternative to traditional cable television subscriptions. But is it a game changer that will enable you to finally cut the cord on cable TV? Let's take a look at what we know… Read More

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Spring is here! The flowers are budding and the birds are singing. Unfortunately its also tax season, and time to clean out that mountain of forms, papers and receipts you have been hoarding all winter long! We like to have a paper shredder here in the House of Bob, but our last shredder met a horrible end due… Read More

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Workplace ergonomics have become a significant problem in the U.S., with repetitive strain and related injuries costing over $20 billion annually in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Swedish-based Penclic looks to combat this problem through design, producing ergonomic and comfortable computer accessories that emphasize comfort and productivity. For this review, I am testing the Penclic… Read More

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If James Bond was looking for an iPhone mount appropriate for his vintage Aston Martin, he'd probably pick the Berrolia No. 2 iPhone Mount. It's classy. It's beautifully constructed. Is it right for you? Let's grab a martini (preferably shaken, not stirred) and check it out! First Impressions When I received the Berrolia No. 2… Read More

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"That's the coolest MacBook cover I have ever seen! Is that real stone?" This was the comment I received in my first meeting after setting up my new Cover-Up laptop Stone Skin. Yes, it is cool. And yes, it's real stone. Cover-up sent me two covers for this evaluation, they are unlike anything I have… Read More

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Yes, the name induces giggles. But behind their (intentionally) humorous brand name, NutSac produces a solid collection of well-designed, high-quality satchels to relieve your pockets of all of their assorted junk... that doesn't look like a purse. This week, NutSac announced the addition of a black color scheme to their existing lineup.  I've been impressed with… Read More

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Hello, friends! Welcome to Bob's EDC update. I am always on the go for work and I am obsessive about functional design, so I’m constantly tweaking my toolsets to optimize my daily carry. Here’s the go-to list of items that find their way into my daily EDC! (Note: I've included links to all the items on… Read More

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Longtime Apple partner Incase just released a new set of sleeves and cases designed for the new MacBook Pro & MacBook Retina in 13" and 15" sizes.  Incase offers 4 models in the lineup, with a whole slew of materials options: The Classic Sleeves offer basic protection from scratches and bumps and are available in a… Read More

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"Classic Modern Mountain" is how Topo Designs describes their distinctive style. This Colorado-based maker of outdoor gear & apparel is known for products that feature simple functional design, exceptional craftsmanship, and distinctive color schemes. The new Stack Pack offers flexible organization for work, travel, and hiking expeditions.  The two-chamber design of the Stack Pack offers… Read More

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You've got to love ThinkGeek. There's no better place to find whimsical gadgets, gear, and collectibles related to all of your nerdy passions (gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, comics, etc.). They also design some pretty clever products. With the new iteration of The Bag of Holding, ThinkGeek seeks to improve on a messenger that has been very… Read More

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Founded in 2014, Brothers Leather Supply has been steadily building a reputation around their affordable leather products and distinctive urban/rugged style. The latest offering from the Grand Rapids, Michigan studio serves up a whole new look (and materials) with the Canvas Collection.  The Canvas Collection sports a modern look while paying homage to heritage design… Read More

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