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A Sideshow Bag? Why Not!


Here’s an idea from the “So Strange It Might Be Brilliant” department: Eleksen unveiled at CES a prototype Windows Sideshow device that is built into a messenger bag. The Sideshow display is literally embedded on the outside surface of the bag, with fabric buttons nearby. Inside the bag, a Bluetooth module (with battery) or a USB cable communicates with the laptop inside.

It’s crazy. It’s genius! I remember when my MP3 player broke, the first thing I did was plug my headphones into my laptop, hit play, and put the laptop in the bag while I waited for a replacement in the mail. The Sideshow implementation is much prettier and easier to manage; just make sure the laptop gets the USB cable when you put it in the bag, and the Sideshow device will be able to grab MP3s, email and your calendar, without requiring you to open the bag or snake a cable out of it.

Elekson isn’t selling the device, but is making reference designs and ready-to-integrate modules for bag manufacturers. This is a great way for those with pre-Vista laptops to upgrade to Sideshow. If Elekson wants to make me happy, they’ll sell a “hobbyist kit” that lets me hack one into my bag myself, you know, if I knew how to sew.

UPDATE: Engadget’s got a hands-on look at some Sideshow remotes, including ones we haven’t seen before.

January 9th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows, Vista, Sideshow | 3 comments
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  1. What could Jack Bauer do with that?!

    Comment by Patrick | 1/10/2007

  2. The problem is, Jack would demand Chloe do things that the SideShow bag couldn’t do, and of course the bag would somehow be able to do it. On 24, a simple PDA can get live satellite video, building schematics, hack huge corporations and probably even do the dishes. I can’t wait for the premiere.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 1/11/2007

  3. :)

    Comment by Patrick | 1/11/2007

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