Getting organised with Grid-it, tangle-free earphones from Sweden and the video selfie thanks to Canon


Who wouldn’t like to be better organised when travelling? Or indeed, at anytime? Grid-It’s system involves a series of pads, interwoven with resilient rubbery bands for holding the clutter of daily life in place. It’s infinitely flexible – earphone cords, passports and cameras can all find a secure home and allow you to toss the whole Grid-It pad in your back-pack, briefcase or carry-on for a satisfying moment of organisational Zen. Perhaps even tame the Tardis-like maze that seems to be the average handbag.
From $15 up depending on size at

a-Jays Five
Swedish mastery of English apparently doesn’t prevent Stockholm-based audio gurus, Jays, from some freestyle, lowercase-hyphenation-naming action with its earphones range. a-Jays Five is the latest model to feature its tangle-free, flat cable design which gives its earphones a distinctive look as well as a practical edge. No need to start each journey with a lengthy deknotting. There are three versions of the Five, each with a three-button remote optimised for either Android, iOS or Windows. The precision-turned aluminium body is sheathed in a soft, one piece, flexible cover for comfortable extended wearing.
€90 from

Canon Vixia mini
personal camcorder
The key word above here is “personal”. This is a camcorder expressly conceived for people who want to film themselves. The video selfie. A big quality step-up from the average webcam, the Vixia is mini, it shoots full HD and features a multi-angle, flip-up screen that lets you watch yourself on camera or even – gasp – some other subject.
About $300. Due out soon; see for details.

Tom Kelly

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