CES: Go gadgets go at the show

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How would you like a $199 pocket-sized PC? Or perhaps a cellphone charger that allows you to use your mobile phone when the battery is dead?

These and numerous other products will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas which officially kicked off Saturday and runs through Tuesday. More than 1,800 manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, media and technology delivery systems are anticipated to be participating in the show.

Here are a few of the products that are expected to be on display:

  • Irvine, Calif., Agenda Computing will demonstrate its $199, four-ounce (112-gram) pocket-sized PC known as Agenda VR3, the company said in a news release. It can run most current and future desktop-class applications. The VR3's 66MHz 32-bit MIPS processor allows a user to run multiple applications at the same time. It comes with an 8M-byte or a 16M-byte flash memory card. The VR3 is expected to ship by the end of the first quarter of this year.
  • Electronic Fuel is announcing its Instant Power Charger, which the company claims is the first cellphone charger that not only requires no electricity but also gives users the option to keep talking on an empty battery during the charging process. Each Instant Power Charger consists of a small disposable PowerCartridge that is the source of the charger's power. The Charger is now available for a variety of cellphones.
  • Motorola will announce a server-based navigation application as part of its iRadio System, the company said in a statement. Motorists will gain emergency calling and roadside assistance services, navigation, entertainment, information and location-based services from the system. Consumers should be able to get their hands on it by 2002.
  • Smart home appliances from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will be shown including a washing machine, an air conditioner and microwave oven that can be linked to each other and the Internet through Echelon's technology. Samsung Electronics is devoting a third of its booth space at CES to the smart appliances, which can be networked through Echelon's Lonworks platform.
  • Hitachi America Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. in Tokyo, unveiled a 60-inch (152.4-centimeter) diagonal projection screen. The AirSho System surpasses the original AirSho System screen size by 50%. The new model is being marketed toward users who need large projection screens for convention areas, fashion shows, trade shows, museums and other venues that need to attract attention.
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