I guess it dates me a little when I say Roller Derby is coming back. The Thank Tank Photo's new Airport Roller Derby rolling camera bag ($389.75) helps you maneuver through crowded airports without elbowing your fellow passengers in the face.
The four-wheeled roller can turn on a dime and is extremely easy to maneuver; reducing the amount of effort needed to pull it when it's filled to capacity. The newly designed wheel system even improves the contents' weight distribution when it's on the move.
When I first opened the roller, I was pushing it around my house with one finger and hardly heard the wheels on my hardwood floors.
Each wheel is actually a dual wheel, totaling eight wheels on the bottom.
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If you're stuck in the old school method of travel, the handle will allow it to tilt and roll with two wheels. Once you get past the new wheel system, there's a lot more to admire: This includes top-notch hardware, water-resistant zippers and exterior fabric along with replaceable wheels with sealed steel bearings (other companies need to take notice that the suitcase can often outlast the wheels).
Storage compartments include dedicated pockets to hold a tablet and laptop (up to 15-inches) and dividers to fit just about
any combination of gear, including a pair of DSLR bodies and about seven lens, flash or other accessories.
Before loaded it weighs 11lbs and measures 14-by-22-by-9-inches.
According to Think Tank, the new Roller Derby roller "meets US domestic and most international carry-on requirements."
Also new from Think Tank Photo is the My 2nd Brain Briefcase, available in 13- ($129.75) and 15-inch ($144.75) laptop friendly sizes. Think Tank has given them the nickname of "mobile offices," since they keep your mobile tech life so organized.
Both inside and outside pockets accommodate every accessory you could need including power cords, cables, hard drives, headphones, tablets, pens, keys, smartphones and your laptop. A pair of exterior side zippered pockets can hold a water bottle and a compact umbrella.
The Airport Roller Derby and the new briefcases include a Think Tank rain cover, which your electronics will love the first time you get caught in a downpour. thinktankphoto.com
The superCUBE and superCUBE flip from Scosche are items you want tucked away in any travel bag.
The superCUBE is a one-inch cube with nothing but AC prongs and a USB port. It's advertised to be up to 40 percent smaller than most similar USB 12W charging adapters.
Its big brother, the superCUBE flip is a little bigger but has folding AC prongs so they can be tucked away when not in use.
There's not a lot to them and with today's power crazy gadgets in everyone's hands, it can be a big help to pull one of these out of your pocket.
scosche.com $19.99 each
Digital Treasures Jive
Digital Treasures Jive wireless speaker lets you take your music and phone calls anywhere.
The Jive is a Bluetooth speaker with a mic for hands-free calls, but what makes it special is the built-in suction cup enabling the waterproof speaker built with silicone-based materials to go everywhere, including your shower.
Obviously your media source (tablet, smartphone, etc.) doesn't have to be in the water, just make your Bluetooth connection and keep it within 32 feet of the speaker.
It features a one-touch talk button, a 3-watt full range speaker and has an internal rechargeable battery good for up to four hours before another charge is needed.
digitaltreasures.com, $19 at Amazon, available in blue, green, black, orange and purple
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.