Receptive Receptionist

TopCAT answers incoming phone calls, takes messages, transfers and routes calls, and plays back information selected by the caller.

It provides voice mail, audiotext and a multidepartmental attendant with voice messaging and pager notification. It's compatible with any phone system and all types of telephone lines. With a standard serial link to any PC, users can access the outcall feature or customize the audiotext.

TopCAT comes with over 300 professionally recorded speech prompts, which users can change from any touch-tone phone. It is suited for a small- or mid-size office.

Additional information is available by contacting Speech Soft at 800/878-8117.

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See You See Me

Connect Raven to a TV and a telephone jack and you are ready for prime-time video conferencing. The system can operate over either a standard analog phone line or a high-speed ISDN line.

The picture quality depends on the type of connection. With a regular phone line, Raven provides five to seven frames per second. With an ISDN line, users are capable of getting business-quality video and sou nd at 15 to 20 frames per second.

The unit is a completely self-contained set-top box with an internal camera and remote.

It weighs about 2 pounds and measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

Additional information is available by contacting Checkpoint Systems Inc. at 212/896-1245.

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On the Ball

Trackballs are becoming the pointing devices of choice for many computer savvies, mainly because they provide more control over the pointer, and generate less arm movement and fatigue than a standard computer mouse.

Users can simply plug Mouse-Trak into a USB port then point and click. No special software drivers are needed. The trackball can be reversed for left- or right-handed users.

The Mouse-Trak measures 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches and is 1.5 inches deep. The product can be attached to a mounting panel using four machine screws.

Additional information is available by contacting ITAC Systems Inc., at 800/533-4822.

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Feel the Powe r

PORT Universal AC Adapter automatically controls the voltage to match notebook requirements.

The Universal AC Adapter comes with PowerTips compatible with IBM, Compaq, and Toshiba notebooks. Additional tips can be purchased separately.

It measures 5 inches by 2.85 inches by 0.436 inches and weighs about 4.3 ounces. A 10-foot cable with the plug, weighs only 8.5 ounces.

Additional information is available by contacting Port Inc. at 800/242-3133.

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Fun E-Mails

BiteMate allows users to record digital sounds and attach them to their e-mail, electronic documents, and presentations with digital photos and on Web pages. With separately available software, users can do sound editing and add special effects.

Additional information is available by contacting E.W. Bridge LLC at 888/248-3628.

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Fun E-Mails

The Enterpol Law Enforcement Starter Pack is an integrated applications suite, which includes record-management, computer-dispatch, citation-tracking and dispatch-logging functions.

The program provides virtually paperless operation allowing emergency units -- police officers, firefighters, etc. -- to access more background information in less time. Police officers and firefighters can file reports directly from the field on laptop computers, eliminating the time and expense of returning to headquarters. Writing reports in the field also increases accuracy.

Enterpol, based on a Lotus Notes/Domino GroupWare platform, provides full-text searching across multiple databases and sports extensive e-mail capabilities. The software also fully supports remote users or locations.

The Rawlins Police Department in Wyoming recently deployed the Enterpol Solution in its 30-person department.

A jail-management module will be available next year.

Enterpol is targeted to small- and medium-size