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  • Berkeleyan
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    Runner's pouch

    This works pretty well for a travel wallet too, if you are down to a very minimal set of stuff. I use it when running. And you can even stuff an iPhone in there!
    http://www.rei.com/product/773712

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  • North Boy
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    Amphipod

    It's not as secure as say a double steel cable money belt with a proximity alarm and a built in GPS, pressure welded iron toothed mouse trap and a lightsaber. I'm sure that a talented pick pocket determined enough could snatch it away, but it is small and unobtrusive and has worked great for warm weather trips.

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  • ozone
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    Hmmm... the Amphipod looks pretty cool. I assume it would not easy for someone to lift off of you?

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  • North Boy
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    Runner's Wallet

    When I'm travelling I usually leave my day to day wallet in the hotel safe and travel with this

    I usually only carry:
    • Driver's License
    • Credit Card
    • Hotel Key
    • Cash


    Works great.

    I also have their larger version which is large enough to carry a passport.

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  • backpack
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    When maverick showed us the video of one of his Cafe Bags perfectly organized with the help of Pouches clipped into the O-rings, I did the same.

    I added three essential items needed for safety clipped on long lanyards then into the O rings.

    I also use key straps and steel O rings to extend the reach of some items.


    For example, I use a Mini Clear Pouch with a short and a long key strap together clipped together to hold an electronic public transportation card (the kind you just scan on top of a sensor)

    That way, the card can be stashed in the outside Cafe Bag pocket or even fit in the jacket's pocket closest to the bag.


    I used on in the DC area and several other cities have this kind of card.

    The San Francisco Bay Area had a similar project in the 90's and new sensors were installed on some buses and in Bart stations.
    I was very exited but before any compatible card was issued the Metropolitan Transportation Commission killed the project.

    Translink is now revived but instead of being implemented all over the Bay Area they are still doing "test runs" on Muni. 10 years later!
    Last edited by backpack; 07-25-2009, 11:27 AM.

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  • Nana8
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    i don't know if something like this already exists, but it would be very cool to have an alarm system that operates on the basis of proximity for use with sensitive items, such as wallet, keys, your significant other.

    let me explain what i have in mind...

    let's take our wallet as the first example.

    if the two are within a certain proximity of each other (let's say 5'), the alarm system is happy and makes no noise.

    if the two are more than 5' apart, the two start emitting short beeps with a pause between successive beeps. so at this point, the components are still able to communicate with each other.

    as the two grow further apart, the beeps get longer, louder, and repeat with a shorter pause between each beep.

    at a point where the two devices stop communicating with each other (say 10'), the beeping on each device becomes continuous.
    I would love this as would my husband! And yes, we buy it!

    I do have a question: Could 1 of the modules be implanted in my brain for those days when I have either lost my mind or wandered too far off track? Just kidding! Sorry!

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  • ozone
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    Originally posted by fbrown627 View Post
    On a different thread, one person mentioned getting the TB Side Effect and putting it inside the Cafe Bag. The Side Effect could be clipped to the Cafe Bag as well using a key strap.
    The sad part is that I thought of exactly this when the Side Effect was announced. Did I follow through? No....

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  • Frank II
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    On a different thread, one person mentioned getting the TB Side Effect and putting it inside the Cafe Bag. The Side Effect could be clipped to the Cafe Bag as well using a key strap.

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  • ozone
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    I've actually thought about securing (using a little lock) a smaller bag inside the large Cafe bag. I'm actually trying it out right now, given that I'm back home. Replacing all my ID cards/bank card was actually pretty straightforward. Almost TOO straightforward. No wonder why identity theft is such a concern. A bit of forgery and someone with some decent acting skills could probably pull off a scam or two...

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  • residue
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    i had something similar to the electronic solution maverick suggests many years ago. it sort of worked but i suspect that it is one of those items that sounds good on paper but doesn't function well in practice. the unit i had exhibited a short delay of a second or two and had no proximity setting. the beeping was annoying enough during normal usage that i didn't want to carry it around. in this case, i think a low tech solution is best.

    the zipper on the medium cafe that i bought is fairly stiff and noisy. i'd be surprised if someone was able to open the buckle, unzip, remove a wallet and rezip without notice.

    sorry to hear about your loss.

    what if you were to buy a small cafe bag for your wallet and put it in the large cafe bag?

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  • Frank II
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    As far as the "wallet chain," Pacsafe makes two version: a tri-fold and a bi-fold. I bought a tri-fold to take when I travel. However, after trying it out at home, I decided to continue using it daily.

    Yes, I sometimes get a strange look, but I doubt any pickpocket it going to get a hold of it.

    What I also like about it is that the section that would hold paper money zips close, and when the entire wallet is closed, one side has another zipped pocket for coins.

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  • ozone
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    Thanks...

    ... for the sympathy. Yes, I'm kicking myself for not putting my wallet in my front pocket. I usually do, but this time, I just didn't. I was probably being a little too complacent - after all, I'm in my own country, and I've been to Montreal many times and have never felt threatened.

    To be honest, I'm not entirely sure when the wallet was stolen. It could have been at the restaurant when it was draped on my chair. However, it was between me and my friends and more at the side of my chair, and there was no one sitting behind us. One theory is that someone at the restaurant saw me put my wallet back into my Cafe Bag, and then followed us out later. Another possibility (perhaps combined with the one above) is that our group stopped to buy ice cream about 30 minutes later at a streetside vendor. We could have been distracted given that we were all looking up at the menu of choices. Another possibility is that while walking, someone might have come up behind me at the traffic lights. Rue St. Catherine in Montreal is very urban, slightly seedy, and always crowded. However, neither my friends or I can recall anybody jostling us to distract us, so I'm think the bunching that occurs at crosswalks might be the most opportune time for a pick pocket.

    I originally also thought I might have left my wallet at the restaurant and someone picked it up. However, I know it was stolen because my business cards - which were also in a wallet type case - were taken. I doubt I dropped both items by accident.

    Well, a tough lesson learned. Some of the suggestions people have written have occurred to me - too bad I didn't act on them right away.

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  • maverick
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    hi thorn,

    Originally posted by thorn View Post
    The wallet chain comes to mind as a cheap alternative, but it doesn't look as nice.
    in a way, we have that with the tom bihn clear organizer wallet, which attaches to an o-ring or key strap.

    Originally posted by thorn View Post
    As far as the electronic version goes, I would want it set to 2-3 feet. If the fob is in my pocket, the bag or wallet should never get more than that from me, unless it's in a bag and I need to go to the restroom. 2-3 feet is plenty for something in my hands at arms length from the fob in my pocket or the fob in a bag on my shoulder/floor.
    yes, i think 2 or 3 feet makes sense.

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  • thorn
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    The wallet chain comes to mind as a cheap alternative, but it doesn't look as nice.

    As far as the electronic version goes, I would want it set to 2-3 feet. If the fob is in my pocket, the bag or wallet should never get more than that from me, unless it's in a bag and I need to go to the restroom. 2-3 feet is plenty for something in my hands at arms length from the fob in my pocket or the fob in a bag on my shoulder/floor.

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  • maverick
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    i don't know if something like this already exists, but it would be very cool to have an alarm system that operates on the basis of proximity for use with sensitive items, such as wallet, keys, your significant other.

    let me explain what i have in mind...

    let's take our wallet as the first example. the alarm system has two components.

    the first has a small footprint, like a credit card, perhaps a little smaller and thicker. it goes into your tom bihn wallet.

    the second is like a key fob. it can attach to your keyring or an o-ring in your tom bihn bag.

    each component has a battery inside. the component beeps periodically to indicate low battery (say every 5 minutes).

    if the two are within a certain proximity of each other (let's say 5'), the alarm system is happy and makes no noise.

    if the two are more than 5' apart, the two start emitting short beeps with a pause between successive beeps. so at this point, the components are still able to communicate with each other.

    as the two grow further apart, the beeps get longer, louder, and repeat with a shorter pause between each beep.

    at a point where the two devices stop communicating with each other (say 10'), the beeping on each device becomes continuous.

    the beeping may be silenced on each device by either bringing the two components within communicating distance or by enter a code on a keypad located on each device.

    one device may be linked to one or more devices (or "paired"). so you might put one on your keyring, one in your wallet, one in your pocket, one in the pocket of your significant other.

    this will not only solve problems of sensitive items being stolen, but also of items being lost of forgotten. if you are out in crowded places, this makes sure that you don't lose the person you're with (or if you do, you easily find each other).

    what do you think?

    does this exist?

    if not, can we bring this to market?

    if it came to market, would you buy it?

    thanks!
    Last edited by maverick; 07-22-2009, 02:35 PM.

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