All-terrain phone.

Take calls in the shower or the desert with the water-resistant Casio G'zOne Type-S cell phone, a sibling of the G-Shock watch. The rugged design resists dust and scratches, and the phone comes with Bluetooth, a global positioning system, a speakerphone, a camera, a world clock and a built-in lantern. The phone is available from Verizon as part of a package for about $150.

Energy-efficient bag.

Soak up the rays and put them to good use with men's and women's leather and naturally dyed hemp and cotton bags from Noon Solar. The bags, made by two artists who met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, take in energy through solar panels on their sides and can charge a cell phone or iPod. A large leather satchel retails for about $600 at Active Endeavors or Chicago's Robin Richman boutique.

A Sidekick of many colors.


Cheaper and prettier than past models, the T-Mobile Sidekick ID retails for $99 and comes with changeable face plates that add a flash of color or glow in the dark. The cellphone browses the Web and sends e-mail.

Sony style.

The much-admired sleek and lightweight Sony Vaio portable now comes in colors such as Sangria and Indigo. The Sony Vaio CR computer weighs 5.5 pounds and will be available at the end of the month starting at $1,350.

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