Amid the glut of high-tech, high-priced stands for electronic devices on the market, the simple skinny inexpensive little BendyMan brings a smile - and two thumbs up. What looks like a flat rubber 6-inch cut-out of a simplistic human figure is actually a rubber-coated flexible metal device holder, with arms and legs you bend to cradle your cell phone, e-reader, mini-tablet, or other smallish item. But wait, there's more. While the .25-inch-thick torso is does the cradling, the slightly thicker head - which wears tiny rubber headphones and a smiley expression - functions as a flashlight. Flip the switch on the back of the head and the little guy's eyes light up (really brightly), powered by two included and replaceable button-cell batteries housed in the head's plastic casing. Lay BendyMan out flat, and you can use "him" as a light-up bookmark - or just stash him in a pocket or bag for transport or companionship. As you might expect from such a cheerful little helper, BendyMan is available in bright green, pink, and turquoise, as well as basic black.
BendyMan Flashlight and Device Holder is $10 at www.walterandray.com.