Tech Toys

By Hannah Wallace April 30, 2004

Mobile Movies

High fliers can now pass time in airports watching movies on the Archos Video AV320. This new handheld personal entertainment center can play DVD-quality movies and MP3s, record programs off a cable TV line, play back prerecorded programs on a regular TV and store every photo you ever took. With accessories, it can take pictures or record video. How much video? Sixty hours worth. How many photos? 200,000. Music? 1,000 hours. Connect it to your computer and it becomes an extra 20GB hard drive, easily transferring material back and forth. Archos calls it "cinema to go"; I wouldn't travel without one. $600.

Picture of Archos AV320 (1054Kb)

Personal Translator

A portable, handheld translator developed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan is hitting the stateside market. The Phraselator P2, from electronic-voice pioneer VoxTec, stores 15,000 phrases ready for translation into 53 languages. Languages are contained on plug-in modules, so you can buy what you'll need for that overseas trip. VoxTec is producing them as rapidly as possible, but most are to fulfill military contracts. Yes, it can translate, "Quick, where's your rest room?" $2,000.

Electric Slideshow Photo Frame

Here's the latest high-tech wall frame: the PhotoLoom Electronic Photo Display, a 24- by 27-inch wireless device that hangs on your wall and stores up to 10,000 images that change in slide show fashion. Images come from your computer and can be live Web cams, stored photographs, or artists' work. You use a touch screen to set the timing to display each image. Always wanted to have a current image of the sun setting around the world, viewed from scenic locations by Web cams? Now you can. And you can e-mail any image from the screen to a friend. $2,995.

425-881-9064, Redmond, WA 98052

I Spy

These lie-detection eyeglasses use a voice-analysis system developed in Israel. The wearer-say, an airport security official-could slip on the specs and ask a traveler if he planned to hijack a plane. Diodes in the glasses flash red for a lie, green for truth or yellow for "can't tell." The company claims its voice analysis software is 90 percent accurate versus the 70-percent accuracy of traditional lie detectors. Law enforcement, insurance companies and people screening job applicants are evaluating the glasses, which are also being pitched for Presidential debates. Will some network please display the results on-screen? $500 to $1,000. Amy, I could not find a picture the eyeglasses on the web site. I e-mailed the marketing department. This is the Web site of the parent company.

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