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Wallets

It isn't the sleekest wallet we've seen, but it is one of the burliest

With its ProGear line, Pelican has been branching steadily outward from its well known protective electronics hard cases. It released a full line of hard/soft backpacks earlier this summer, and now it's trying to put a hard case in your pants. The Pelican Smart Wallet is a mini Pelican case for your cash, cards and ID.  Read More

The slim keeps all your cards close at hand for easy access

If a world without cash is right around the corner, than the folks behind the Supr Slim Wallet are ready to cash in. The wallet, which just surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter, is designed for the truest of minimalists. There are no fancy pockets or places to store even the smallest amount of small change. Rather, there is just a simple elastic pocket designed to carry anywhere from two to ten cards.  Read More

The Biometric Wallet, also sold as the iWallet, will only open with a touch of its owner's...

If you’ve got a lot of money to throw around, what better way to show it than by spending US$825 on the thing that you carry said money around in? That’s the going rate for the Biometric Wallet from Dunhill London. Its tamperproof locking carbon fiber outer shell, leather interior and stainless steel money clip are all nice touches, but what really makes it special – and biometric – is the fact that it will only open with a touch of its owner’s fingerprint.  Read More

The Proverbial Wallets provide haptic feedback for your digital transactions

The widespread adoption of credit and debit cards means, for many people, the cashless society is already a reality. However, this means the simple system of checking how much cash you’ve got in your wallet before making a purchase is no longer an accurate reflection of your finances, making it all too easy to succumb to temptation and overextend yourself financially. The Proverbial Wallet project at MIT is looking at “un-abstracting virtual assets” with wallets that provide tactile feedback that reflects a person’s current financial state.  Read More

Bluelounge's The Sanctuary

April 3, 2008 Most of us have a convenient nook where keys, wallets and other everyday essentials can be stored and located when coming and going from the home or office. These days, mobile phones and portable electronics devices are an important part of this equation, and that's where this simple solution from design studio Bluelounge comes in. The Sanctuary combines a place to throw your loose change with a multi-point charging station for a large range consumer electronics devices so that not only can you find you mobile phone, but it's also on charge.  Read More

The ACM 6-card wallet

July 26, 2007 In the last few years we’ve seen a number of different products come out with the explicit goal of reincarnating the traditional men’s wallet. We’ve recently reviewed the Jimi Wallet, the Dosh Wallet and the ambitiously named and conceived Wallet 2.0 – all variations on a theme and interesting in their own right. The latest to follow this trend is the ACM, or Auto Card Manager, a sexy-looking but perhaps overly bulky steel device that safely stores 6 or 12 credit cards (or any card that’s roughly the same size) and neatly pops the appropriate one out at the touch of a button. While it might be overkill for day-to-day use, the ACM is certainly a nifty gadget, and a clever corporate gift.  Read More

Waterproof and durable

June 26, 2007 Wallets appeared soon after the introduction of paper currency in the early 17th century and ever since then, leather has been the material of choice. Gizmag has encountered a number of products aimed at equipping the wallet for the rigors of modern life including Wallet 2.0, The Jimi Wallet, the Tsaya Thigh Holster and now the Dosh Wallet - an Australian design that uses a blend of flexible and semi-flexible polymers to create a rugged, waterproof home for all of those items like credit cards, keys and sim cards that just weren’t an issue in the year 1642.  Read More

The Wallet Pen

October 30, 2006 People often write to us to ask what the criteria are for a story on Gizmag.com and we respond that a great concept is the key and there are no rules beyond that because if we applied strict criteria, we might discourage or exclude something. The Wallet Pen is a perfect example – it’s simply a three inch sterling silver pen that’s small enough to fit in your wallet and still allow the wallet to be slipped into a pocket without endangering your private parts. It fits that empty space at the fold of every wallet and it ensures that when we need a pen, we’ve got one. To add to the illusion we’re classy folk, the Wallet Pen is an ideal prop, being handcrafted from solid Sterling Silver and clearly quality stuff – indeed, it’s guaranteed forever. How many times have you had to borrow a pen?  Read More

The Wallet 2.0

October 2, 2006 We’ve seen several new ideas for carrying one’s valuables in the form of the Jimi wallet and the Tsaya Thigh Holster for gals who don’t like to carry handbags but both are designed for minimalists, not for those of us with busy lives and lots of paper and stuff to schlep around. So the arrival of the details of the Wallet 2.0 really got the brain cells working. The US$30 Wallet 2.0 has a soft silicone outer case, so it moulds to the shape of your hip or breast pocket more readily than a leather wallet. It's also water repellant, but the real trickery is inside where it uses specially designed folders like those in an organizer or planner. There are five different refill sheets designed to hold paper money, coins, ID and credit cards and there are more interesting and useful sheets on the way. There’s a flash demo here.  Read More

The Jimi - a wallet for minimalists

August 23, 2005 A boy’s first wallet is a true Alladin’s cave – one of the true landmarks on the way to manhood, it is crammed full of many more “handy” things than it’s actually practical to carry. Adulthood wallets are even worse, being crammed with every version of credit, loyalty, membership, library, health insurance and now even building access cards plus topped up daily with receipts from every time you use one of those cards. There are times though when you don’t wish to carry a “hamburger with the lot” – when you want to feel svelte and free and minimalist. For such times, there’s the Jimi – Japanese for “simple” and in this case, a simple wallet. It’s cute, unbreakable and carries a few credit cards and some notes and it’ll disappear into a shirt or hip pocket without disrupting any lines. Sometimes referred to as the anti-wallet it fits into the same category as the Tsaya phone holster for gals in being one of very few objects that can be described as sexy, fun AND practical.  Read More

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