Gadgets to look forward to
By DAVE GUSSOW
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 15, 2001
LAS VEGAS -- How long until Christmas?
With gadgets everywhere, the annual Consumer Electronics Show gave an advance peek at products that are sure to end up on somebody's holiday wish list.
From video to audio to the Web, the DMC 100 Digital Media Center from Harmon/Kardon and ZapMedia offers a multimedia entertainment center in a unit about the size of a VCR.
It plays DVD videos and music CDs, connects to the Internet and has a 30-gigabyte hard drive to store Internet music and video and software to create personal playlists. And it can be controlled from the comfort of a couch with a remote control. The rollout is expected by spring, with a price tag of $899.
The Olympus Camedia E-10 introduced a 4-megapixel digital camera, with a high image resolution and a high price of $1,999. On the other hand, Toshiba's PDR-M65 camera is 3.3 megapixels, but with a $599 price tag. And then there is the Ultra-Pocket Digital from SMaL Camera Technologies. It's the size of a credit card, though no price was available.
Last year, Casio had watches that played MP3 music or took digital photos. It expanded the field this year with its Pathfinder Satellite Navi, a watch with Global Positioning System access so you'll always know where you are. It should be on the market soon with a $499 price.
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