Photos: Gadgets with a little something extra
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New York Times tech reviewer David Pogue has compiled a list of the 10 best gadget ideas of 2005–gear that offers “tiny touches of brilliance: clever steps forward and new spins on old features.” Following is a half-dozen of those gadgets.rn
rnThe SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus card takes a new angle on file transfer. Plugged in to your digital camera, it looks like any other memory card. To move your pictures to a PC, you don’t need a separate cable; just fold the SanDisk card in half to reveal a USB plug.
Palm’s upcoming Treo 700w smart phone isn’t just notable for running Windows. It will also have broadcast radio capabilities, photo-triggered speed dial and the ability to play back messages using VCR-like controls.
The Canon PowerShot S80 is an 8-megapixel digital camera that features high-resolution (1,024 by 768 pixels) video.
LG’s VX8100 cell phone puts buttons on the outside of the handset, along with a screen, so you can screen your calls and send them directly to voice mail.
The portable, battery-powered Audiovox Shuttle is a DVD player that can hang from a driver’s head-rest for the viewing pleasure of backseat riders. Or it can be mounted in a docking station in the house.
In self-timer mode, Casio cameras snap three pictures in quick succession to help capture just the right slice of the action. Shown here is the Exilim Zoom EX-Z57.