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Gear: Flash Armpocket holds a cellphone, lights up for safety

Armpocket makes neoprene armband “pockets” with touch-control windows for carrying cellphones and other electronic devices hands-free and protected from the elements.

The newest innovation is the Flash Armpocket for night outings.

A vertical line of three bright-red LED lights flanks each side of the touch-screen window. The battery-operated push-button control mechanism (replaceable CR2032 battery is included) slides into a little side pocket on the armband.

One push of the button (from outside its pocket) activates the six LED lights, producing a solid red glow. Push again and the six red lights flash slowly; another push produces quick flashing — an especially urgent alert on dark roadsides. One more push powers off.

The water-resistant zippered case holds electronic devices up to 5 1/2-by-3 3/4-by-1/2-inch deep (larger models are on the way).

Two slim stretch slots inside the case behind your device can hold a credit card, key or other small item. Openings on the bottom of the case accommodate headphone cables.

Flash Armpocket costs $49.95.

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