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Venture Design Works Freehand

Updated on April 9, 2007

Venture Design works has created the Freehand, this product's name invokes an image of those times where it seems like God just didn't give us enough arms. Like when we go to pay for something with a big bill and hold out our hand for change. Then that cashier lays the bills in our palm, and puts the coins on top of our dollars. Now I've got to put my wallet down on something, slowly pour the change into my other hand while simultaneously not slipping the dollars out. It takes at least three hands to do this, for sure.

All bad comic material aside, Venture Design Works has made a product for that one part we should know like, well, the back of our hand. OK, I guess all comic material is not aside just yet.

Yet Freehand is, oddly enough, insanely practical. The accessory costs about $22 USD, and is simply a fingerless exercise glove that makes a convenient pocket for the back of your hand. For those of us who like to jog, we often wear clothing with unsecured pockets or no pockets at all. With this, you can keep your car keys and money handy. It also adds an extra element of security, for who is dumb enough to try and pick a pocket that is on the back of a hand?

Yet this device was really designed for the Mobile Information Age. Freehand has been appearing on gadget sites everywhere as a hand pocket for the iPod or cell. In fact, the specialized pouches are made of flexible, stretchable cloth that makes it compatible with bigger mobile devices like the Blackberry. I'm not certain if the pouch has a hole in it that allows you to access all the buttons. After all, every device is different in its button configuration. And what if you had a cell with a clamshell design? Trying to talk with that would be highly impractical unless you had a Bluetooth headset.

Still, I'm wondering with the back of the hand being used as a place to mount a mobile electronic device on a human, why stop there? How about using the entire forearm? I've envisioned this for a long time now. It seems like space is always an issue on these dinky mobile devices, but your arm would have plenty of room for a screen, QWERTY keyboard, and all kinds of buttons. You could fit an entire PC on your forearm. Think it over, Venture Design Works.

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