Profile: Creating the 'World's Greatest Backpack'

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SAVANNAH -- "I didn't want to make a better backpack, I wanted to change the way people carry stuff," Jamie Bowerman, a Savannah College of Art and Design master's student tells me. He's a long-time tinkerer whose invented all kinds of crazy things, all of which failed, he said. When I asked him what his "awesomest failure" was, he didn't miss a beat. In glorious detail, he described a game system he designed for swimming pools.

StartupNationbug.pngThe backpack you see above, though, is not a failure. It is the result of a successful Kickstarter fundraising drive, and Bowerman promises it will be the "world's greatest backpack." It converts from backpack to messenger bag to bike saddle bag -- and it's being built with a modular design that lets you customize its pockets and look.

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