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CES: The show may be over, but there’s still lots to share

With an estimated 20,000 new technology products unveiled at The just concluded 2009 International Consumer Electronics show, I could fill this space for the next two years and still have a lot left to say. I won’t be doing that, but I do plan to share many more items that I came across in my many visits to the show last week.

Here are a few:

Optoma PK101 Pico Pocket Projector
It wasn’t too many years ago that I lugged around a projector the size of some European automobiles. No kidding. Today, however, there are projectors that slip neatly into your coat pocket, including this gem from Optoma. While the Pico won’t project on to the big screen, the company says it will shoot an image up to 60-inches wide, provided the room is dark enough.

What I saw in the Innovations Awards area at CES was mighty impressive. The unit weighs a mere 4 oz. and has a price tag of roughly $100 per ounce. That’s $399 for those having trouble with the math. It’s available now at Best Buy and at Amazon.com.

The unit comes with an iPod connector, but will accept any composite video input. It has 480×320 1/2 VGA resolution with a lamp life of 20,000 hours, thanks to a three light emitting diode system. The tripod is not included, but it has a standard tripod receptor. Battery life is roughly two hours in standard mode and one hour in bright mode. The unit is charged via a universal serial bus port on your computer.

The device was an Innovations Award Honoree in the Video Displays category.

Sonoro Audio Element W AU4101
This Internet/FM clock radio can bring you more than 13,000 radio stations from across the globe. To top that, it’s about as elegant and sleek as any radio I’ve seen. It docks with your iPod and reviewers have given it favorable marks for sound quality. The unit isn’t out yet, and pricing hasn’t been announced, so you’ll need to save this for future reference.

The radio was an Innovations Award Honoree in the Home Networking category.

I want one.


• Crayola Digital Camcorder

Your child may be the next Steven Spielberg, but you won’t know until they start making movies. The tool to help the young creative juices start flowing may be this camcorder designed for kids. It includes a photo editing center, story maker, puppet show, photo frames and puzzles, along with art tools, a photo library, slide show software and printing and font options.

It sells for $79.99 on the Crayola Web site.

The camera was an Innovations Award Honoree in the Personal Electronics category.

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Come back for more fun stuff tomorrow!

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