Bob Patterson

I'm a dabbler in all things creative and technical, with an passion for how design translates into the user experience. I'm also an artist, a cook, and a marginal ukulele player. You'll usually find punk rock, reggae, or 70s funk playing on my electronic devices. I'm an old-school sci fi & fantasy geek, and I have the Yoda tattoo to prove it. What gadgets do I love? I have an obsession with EDC, bags and carry design (I have more messenger bags, briefcases & backpacks than I should admit). I'm constantly testing new gizmos and techniques the kitchen, and trying not to do damage to myself or others on home improvement projects. And anything to organize my life... well, anything that might help...

Star Wars – The Last Jedi Portable Battery Charger With Laser Pointer review

So you’re a discerning Star Wars fan. You thought you had all the toys and gear… until now. How about a lightsaber that’s also a charger for your portable devices and a laser pointer? What, you don’t have one of those? This is your lucky day. We’re going to find out more. We’d be honored …

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Waterfield Design Ranger iPhone X Case review

Hailing from San Francisco, Waterfield is known for their unique approach to bag & accessory design. Their products are *just* a bit different from what you’d expect. Take the Ranger iPhone X Case, for instance. It’s a beautiful full-grain leather case… but there is a lot more going on under that rugged exterior. Let’s go …

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TEWELL RetroRock AC Powered Bluetooth Speaker review

This may be one of the coolest looking vintage-styled speakers I’ve reviewed. Seriously… if you don’t tell anyone they might think you swiped it from your dad’s (or grandad’s) rec room. With Bluetooth connectivity and great sound, however, it’s more than just a good looking room ornament. Let’s get our groove on with the Tewell RetroRock! …

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LUX LED Lighting LUX Lincoln LED Task Lamp review

Are you looking to class up your office? Maybe it’s time to ditch that crusty old desk lamp you’ve had since college (It’s OK. We don’t judge.). Today we’re checking out the LUX LED Lighting LUX Lincoln LED Task Lamp. It’s a contemporary desk lamp with modern features. Will it work for you? Let’s get …

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WellBe Stress Management Bracelet review

Stress sucks. We all have it at some point, and more and more studies point to how extended periods of stress can impact our physical well-being. The WellBe is a wearable device that, when paired with the app on your smartphone, helps you to understand how your stress is triggered and how to manage it. …

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It’s holiday sale time at Timbuk2 where you can save up to 40% off on cool bags!

If you’ve been holding out on your next bag purchase, your patience may have just paid off. Timbuk2 is in the middle of a huge holiday sale. The sale runs through December 13, and specific offers change daily. Today’s offer is up to 40% off of their best sellers, but I have seen different offers …

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Always be ready to share your files with the Gigs 2 Go biodegradable flash drives!

If you’re always looking for a flash drive to share large files, you might want to take a peek at these. The Gigs 2 Go flash drive pack offers four breakaway flash drives in a credit-card-sized package that fits in your wallet. These ultra-thin USB chips are not only shockproof and waterproof, but they’re also …

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PhotoBulk 2 image editing software for macOS review

So there you are, staring at that big batch of beautiful images on your desktop that needs to be prepped for publishing and/or distribution. Image editing can be a time-intensive task when done manually, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of content. You could be in for a long night. Enter PhotoBulk 2 for …

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Flowfold Denizen Limited 18L Totepack Review

Looking for an ultralight backpack that doesn’t sacrifice durability? Say hello to the ultra light Flowfold Denizen Limited 18L Totepack. We love Flowfold for their style, durability, and use of cutting-edge materials. The Denizen ticks all of these marks, and weighs less than a water bottle. Let’s hit the trail!

Ekster Parliament + Tracker Wallet review

What makes a wallet a “smart wallet?” How about an RFID-protected card-slider mechanism for storing your credit cards? Perhaps a solar-powered tracking system so that you can find your wallet when it goes missing? These are some of the features you’ll find in the Ekster wallets, all wrapped in luxurious leather. I’ve got the Ekster …

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Nutsac Bags introduces their first wallet design!

Yeah, the name is (intentionally) giggle-inducing, but the folks at NutSac Bags produce some quality carry products that feature locally sourced materials, high-quality US-based craftsmanship, and a customer-focused approach to doing business. Following up on their line of satchels and “man bags,” the money clip wallet is a full-grain leather beauty with three card slots …

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Wait, what? Tom Bihn has new bags for the holidays?  Hold my turkey leg!

Just when you thought your shopping list was complete… Tom Bihn serves up some new holiday treats! The Pop Tote is a completely new design. This 19.5 liter multipurpose carryall features snap- or zip-closures, multiple internal and external stash pockets, and Tom’s o-rings for hanging additional organizational options. Retail price is $95.

Stand Corrected perfect posture stretching device review

Do you have soreness and discomfort from being hunched over your electronic devices all day? The Stand Corrected is a stretching tool designed specifically to relieve that tension in your upper body, neck and shoulders. The designers also claim that it can help to straighten your spine and undo years of bad posture problems with …

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Action Method Notebooks review

Originally designed for creative professionals, the Action Method is a note-taking system that focuses on identifying the action steps you need to keep your projects moving forward. Behance, the creators of the Action Method, have also developed a full line of beautiful notebook products designed specifically to work with their system. For this review, we’re …

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