Most messenger bags simply tote your phone or computer around, but the $299 Lepow HiSmart bag can do much more. The newest version of the bag, which originally debuted at CES 2015, can answer your phone calls, control your music, start a voice recording, take photos and pin locations to a map, all with the press of a rechargeable large metal button in the strap, called the HiRemote. The new model was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo and will ship starting in July.
The convertible bag can be worn as a tote, backpack or messenger bag, and it's made of a waterproof canvas material with leather accents. It comes in black or a rich brown and has a unisex style. Inside, the bag has 12 pockets to organize your gear, including a computer, tablet, phone and more.
The bag connects to an Android or iOS app to control the HiRemote, reference map pins, access voice notes or find your bag. The HiRemote vibrates when you get a call, and you can answer it with a press of a button and take the call on headphones connected to the remote.
Lepow also announced Wednesday three other new gadgets, the Moovid, Rain and Clarity. Moovid is a portable power bank and cloud stream device that can stream video files to your phone. It has a 9,000mAh battery that can power 10 devices at the same time and 32GB of storage. No word yet on pricing.
Rain is a small waterproof speaker with 360-degree surround sound and a built-in Yamaha amp. It offers six hours of playback; comes in black and blue, black and pink, and black and green; and will go on sale in June 2015 for $69.99.
Finally, Clarity is a portable battery pack with four USB ports and a cable organizer. It offers 2 amps of power output, so it can charge a wide range of devices, and comes in gray, white and orange. It will costs $39.99 when it goes on sale in June.