Yo, bud: There's a way to stay tuned in during workouts

There was more than 3-D television at the International Consumer Electronics Show this year. Some high-tech, some low-tech and some no-tech. Among the gems were customized earbuds, a video handbag and a supersimple, automatic way to back up your computer files.



Yurtopia, a St. Louis-based company that sells custom-fitted tips for the earbuds that connect you to your music. The soft silicon buds come in 12 sizes, and determining the size of your ear canal takes just a few minutes. Customers snap a photo showing a quarter beside one of their ears. The picture is sent to the yurbuds.com site and the right-sized buds are soon on their way.

The buds are comfortable and stable, making them ideal for wearing while working out.

The cost is $20 for a pair of tips to be added to your own buds, or $30 for a complete headset.

Yurtopia will soon be releasing an iPhone application to make sending a picture of your ear even simpler. Watch my blog for details (www.lvrj.com/blogs/onlineguy).

For the record, my ears are a size 6.



This is the unlikely combination of a roomy handbag and portable video player. It sounds crazy, but it looks pretty cool.

The London-based company is touting it as the "must have accessory for 2010," and at a price of 199 British pounds ($321.13 U.S. at the time of this writing), The bad news: it isn't available in the U.S. yet.

The price doesn't include the video player. A window in the side of the black- or red-leather bag will display a screen up to 7 inches across. The window can be covered while not in use.

The company said it is adding more designs to its collection, including bags for use by children and men.



The excuses for not backing up files on your computer just went away, as this Richmond Hill, Ontario, company makes a product true to its name.

You simply connect the hard drive to your computer (PC or Macintosh) and it does the rest. Those with an extra external hard drive can buy the Clickfree Transformer, which works the same way. Connect it to your drive, plug the drive into your computer, and the backup starts.

The new Network Backup C2n device works with all the computers on your network, backing up new files automatically in the background.

The company has a wide range of hard drives available. Pricing runs from $3 for a digital video disc for backing up photos to about $200 for a 1 terabyte drive.

I'll have more from CES next week.

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