RoadWired's Rivet micro-fastener kits, available in three models - Power Broker (the one I sampled), e-Treker ($29.95), and Rave Star ($19.95) - essentially offer a hi-tech looking alternative to those geeky belt clips that come free with cell phones and other gadgets.The system is based around the e-clip, which is a small piece of alloy with a spring-loaded entry gate and push-button release chute. Users slide different kinds of pins - fixed with adhesive, or free hanging via key ring or lanyard cord - into the hub. The ensemble is then hooked to one of several attachment options - a belt-clip, dashboard mount, or fabric pin mount. I tried attaching the e-clip with the non-adhesive pin to a Motorola V60i cell phone, Apple iPod, and Surefire E2e flashlight - all popular items - but none could accept carrying cords or key rings. Assuming that permanently sticking a steel plate to your expensive gear isn't ideal, limited compatible devices is a minus. The verdict: Cool concept and design, but make sure your gadgets can handle it. Any questions? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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