The show ended Sunday. Here is the rest of what I saw at CES… To see more, visit Gadgetress@CES 2009
O.C.’s own Targus and Mobile Edge helped popularize the stylish laptop bag for women with sturdy designs and lower prices. But I’m always on the prowl for something nicer, especially for my new smart phone (how does one tote these around if you don’t want to cram it in your pants or a purse?).
The line from Vienna, Austria-based Urban Tool made me take a second look. The bags are made from a stretchy, Lycra-like material so they are light and maintain a sleekness that canvas and leather just can’t duplicate. With all sorts of pockets and funky but useful shapes, a simple “holster” that wraps under an arm like a gun holster, will discreetly hold a phone, pen, money, keys and an MP3 player with a hole to string headphones through.
New laptop “bags” include sizes perfect for petite netbooks. A 15-inch bag is in the works. Prices are $40 to more than $100.
Company founder Mag.art Sabrina Tanner, was on hand to show off the products and said that some are available at ThinkGeek.com, but I could also buy one at the show. I didn’t have the cash on me but now I wish I had bought one, especially since ThinkGeek has a limited collection. The company is looking for U.S. companies to resell the products.
Hmm… I wonder if Urban Tool will make fanny packs cool again? Or wait — were they ever cool?
For the list of Gadgetress reports from CES, visit the headline page at gadgetress.freedomblogging.com/ces2009.