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Quirky equals cool

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I've said it before and it's worth repeating: If you have a product from Quirky, no matter how simple it is, it's gonna be a cool, useful and innovative.

Take the Upwrite Stylus and Kickstand for example. It combines what the name implies; a rubber stylus on one end and a key chain lock on the other end, doubling as a kickstand for a smartphone or tablet.

It's only 8.25 centimetres long with a polished-zinc finish to make it look as cool as it works.

The Quirky Core Dock and Display takes your charging cable and turns them into a desktop charging station.

Just plug your cable into one of the two USB ports on the bottom and wrap your cord around the Core's cable management groves to form artwork.

The 7.6-cm cubed device lets you plug a second cord into the other port for charging.

All Quirky devices work because they are designed by users. Pretty simple and pretty great products.

Screen gems

You can be on the Apple team with any of the "i" products or on the Samsung side with a Galaxy hand-held device, but the one product that plays on both teams is the BodyGuardz' ScreenGuardz Pure.

The scratch-resistant protector for the LCD on any of these devices is pretty amazing. BodyGuardz demonstrates the durability in a YouTube video by using a box cutter and the tip of a nail and pounding it with a hammer.

You can make your own conclusions from the video. I'm not about to put it through those tests but I will say after having it on my phone for more than a month, it looks like it was put on today.

It's described as being made from "a special chemically tempered glass" and is so thin it works with most every case.

A smudge-resistant coating keeps your fingerprints off and takes just minutes to apply bubble-free.

Another choice from BodyGuardz is a privacy screen, which is great against prying eyes sitting close by on airplanes, which leads me to one of my favourite gadget lines I ever heard of while flying.

A passenger next to me asked why the screen on my iPad couldn't be seen, to which I replied "because it has a privacy screen so that you can't."

What more proof do you need to know if it works? When you look at it from an angle, you see a black screen but when you position it to view straight on, you can see the LCD like nothing is in the way.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 22, 2013 A15

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