INVENTION: The Laptop Strap

Just before selling all his possessions and quitting his Minneapolis lease to become a nomad in 2018, Todd filed for patents on a series of inventions that will roll out in the coming years under Todd's original brand Free Agent Outfitters.

The first, launching for Apple users in 2020, is known simply as The Laptop Strap. It's an adhesive carrier for your laptop. Just as a camera strap does for photographers, The Laptop Strap lets you tote your laptop between offices, classrooms, cafes, and studios—perfect for independent, creative professionals like Todd who are constantly on the go.

Future components include the Power Pad—a patent-pending flexible power bank that functions as a shoulder pad for your strap, and the Strip Strap—a patent-pending strap with a power cable built right in. Power, cable, and laptop... throw it over the shoulder and "you're good to gig." Available in black vegan pebbled leather and heather gray polyester.

A portion of sales support youth travel abroad programs, with an emphasis on the underprivileged.

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From early experiments using fishing line to prototypes cut from grocery bags, my tinkering has finally paid off with a durable, fashionable, reliable peel-and-stick adhesive flap that holds tight but peels away without residue. I'm indebted to my designers—Cera Crocket in Portland and Rock Galpin in London—for all their ideas, hard work, and iteration. Traveling the world has changed my life repeatedly, it's been my great privilege. I'm dedicating proceeds from this project to give the same privilege to others.

Todd is grateful to the following for support of his work: Forecast Public Art, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of/and The Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Warhol Foundation, as well as individual commissions and supporters on Patreon


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