“What’s in Your Bag?” (idea2go #WIYB edition)

Like TextBlade, the Coin concept and technology was ahead of its time, but was delayed on the path to general release. Ultimately credit card chip technology and Apple Pay passed them by, and the core payments platform was sold to Fitbit.

Communication and customer service was top notch all throughout the engagement with them. Still have and use my Coin (and the 2nd generation Coin) that were shipped to me.


I can see Coin, if it worked with the chip requirements, as being superior to things like Apple pay for now. After all, that would let it work with all card readers. Apple pay isn’t usable that many places. Of course, if it ever is, then Apple Pay would be the best choice, but I think we are a long way from that.

It would ge great if they or someone else could do this with chip technology, but I doubt it’s possible. I’m speaking with no actual knowledge but I bet that unlike magnetic strips you cah’t just read a chip and clone it. It probably behaves more like encryption where using it does not reveal the actual key.

I took a picture of what was in my bag, but then I realized that it was pretty boring and disorganized compared with yours…

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Your bag probably looks like my room!

I liked the concept of the Coin from when it was announced and still do. But, with the requirement for chip & pin here in Canada, it never really made sense to support it until it did, and I’m not sure if it ever will. Nice that they’ve added tap to the Coin but as Gregg stated above, I now have Apple Pay for that.

as far as bags go, I’ve had to upgrade to a trunk to carry all the miscellaneous items around :wink:


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(Increasingly OT …)

Speaking of how the whole conversation/paradigm can change, the new Amazon Go initiative looks like it might totally upend the concept of retail payment. They say they’re just launching a store but I think their real game is to spread this technology as a service to other retail over time, being the back end technology ahd service provider for retail just like AWS is the back end cloud provider.

I don’t have a link but a simple YouTube search will find it if you’re not already familiar with wyat they are doing.

(This is in the “Hands On” thread because … er, um … because I typed it on my TextBlade)

I haven’t been super satisfied with my Coin, and since I apparently have a knack for picking out products that take a lifetime to ship, I am looking forward to receiving the plastc card some day.


I used to use one of the tripod stands, but it lacked stability on a number surfaces, and it was metal (a bit heavy). These days I end up on a lot of different surfaces, stands and tables over the course of a day, and find that I require more adjustability, so I switched to this:

It’s far more stable than anticipated, and it’s spring loaded, for one handed deployment. I quite enjoy it.

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I picked one of those up a while back as well. It’s been a pretty good stand, though it doesn’t stick as well as I’d hoped on some surfaces.

Yeah, when I saw the Coin, I was going to mention Plastc, but I figured that if anyone in this forum had also ordered a Plastc, that might open up wounds.

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Indeed, hindsight is sharp, and even a little glaring at times, but, cookies crumble, chips fall, life goes on. At the end of the day, we are all still on this forum :smile::sweat_smile::joy:

Plastc looks pretty nice (and sophisticated), but it seems like the “minimum” use case is a lot of effort compared to coin or traditional credit card? With coin the default use case is just press the single button to wake it up, and go!

I’m impressed that they have a solution to support the chip technology, although I wonder how many vendors will go to the trouble of dealing with a small startup like that to make custom arrangements.

They are on they’re 4th or 5th gen hardware, and elbow-deep in firmware iterations. They are shooting for a June release. There are still a number of things from the promotional video they still can’t do yet.

What can’t they do that is on the videos?

Just not built out yet. They are very up front about where they stand and what they are up to. In fact, the CEO regularly communicates with, and thanks, all the people that have “backed” plastc. While coin was pioneering this type of payment platform, they provided updates on a semi-annual basis until about 3 months before they shipped.

For those of you watching, I’m still on the exact same setup as shown at the start of this thread and really liking it. I take it with me everywhere. Regarding the Goodnotes software I mentioned, there are some iCloud syncing issues so you can’t always see all of your iPad documents on your iPhone, but I have my iPad close by almost any time that matters.

As mentioned in my original post the TextBlade was really the inspiration that convinced me to collapse everything I need to do into one ultra-thin go bag for both day usage and longer trips. More and more often I find myself setting up BOTH the iPhone and iPad which, combined with the TB’s “jump” capabilitiy, provides an almost desktop like environment. I can have three simultanous app views (iPhone plus two on the iPad with their multitasking view) plus interactable pop-up notifications. Use of the Apple pencil turns it into a notebook or markup device (which I wish included audio snippets) and the TB is great for any non scribbling data entry.

Since this #WIYB thread has wandered on occasion into other kinds of new innovative tech, I’d be curious to hear if any of you have heard of or tried out the Sense device? I just heard of it but it sounds pretty interesting. Sense Video

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Another update.

Sadly, my Bubm iPad case developed a tear near the zipper and now often gets stuck zipping and unzipping (see photo). This is pretty disappointing after just a few months, and I do not put a lot of stress on it so it seems to be a quality issue. :sob:

I have not found anything else so perfectly sized for my needs. It exactly fits around the iPad Pro, holds my thin accessories in place and well organized, adds very little thickness and weight, and is just structured/sturdy enough to provide the casual protection I need for small falls or light rain. I hate to do this, but I’m going to reward their defect by buying a second one (just $9.94 on ebay).

On the bright side and relevant to this @waytools forum, the fact I’m willing to swallow my pride and order another is a testament to this overall concept of minimalist mobility with maximal capability that was inspired by having a Textblade.

p.s. I solved the Apple earbuds problem with a soft thin zip sleeve for them instead of Apple’s hard case.

(update - when I went back to ebay I found out the replacement is $19.95 for the iPad size BUBM, not $9.94. In for a penny, in for a pound. :frowning: )

I really like to think about these things and I have bought a jacket from globaltravelclothing.com which I hope will carry my needs for both daily usage and maybe even single overnighters.

Tech-wise my current stuff:
LG G5 phone equipped with bullz-i.com
Nexus 7 2012
USB-charger (when in US I have the chargetech wallcharger unfortunately I haven’t found any similar with european plug though)
USB cables inCharge, 1 micro USB, 1 type C
1 BT mouse Visenta - Recon
Flyshark 2 iLepo365 keyboard
MicroSD card readers both for type C and standard USB I used to have this only before type C entered the battlefield: https://www.startech.com/m/HDD/Card-Readers/USB-Card-Readers/micro-sd-usb-micro-usb-adapter~MSDREADU2OTG
In-ear headphones Bose QC-20

Future stuff I’m dreaming about:
Change keyboard to TB
Change headphones to bone conduction glasses (like Zungle or Vue) paired up with Isolate Mini ear buds. Note that the charging solution for Vue renders it practically useless for travel.
Decide on a good screen adapter cable for the phone.


Thanks for the GoodNotes mention - I picked it up today when I forgot my notes binder for a Ham radio class, but had the PDFs. Great tool for marking up PDFs!

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