The Cadillac of Cadillacs

Microsoft's Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and said: "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has we'd all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

While it doesn't get 1,000 miles to the gallon, Cadillac's new concept car, the Evoq, is a step in the right direction in creating the car of the future.

Its on-board infotainment system integrates voice-activated audio, computing, navigation, wireless communication, e-mail, entertainment, electronic maps and more.

An advanced rear-obstacle detection system alerts drivers to unseen dangers, rear-vision cameras replace outside rearview mirrors, giving the driver an unobstructed view of the traffic behind the car.

A front-mounted camera using infrared technology detects the thermal energy of obstacles beyond the range of head lamps.

Door handles disappear in favor of remote keyless entry. One touch of a button transforms the Evoq from coup to convertible. And with a V8-engine featuring 405HP at 6400RPM, you'll feel the wind in your hair.

Additional information is available by contacting Cadillac at 800/760-4078.

The Kate Moss of Monitors

The KDS VS-F15 is the latest in advanced flat-panel monitors. It provides a true 15-inch viewing area and supports 262,144 colors with a maximum resolution of 1024x768.

It weighs 10.2 pounds and is a mere 7.9 inches deep. It costs $938.

Additional information is available by contacting KDS USA at 714/379-5599.

Z1 2 Buy

The NEC Z1 has the smallest space requirement of any desktop computer currently on the market. The Z1's "engine," including the processor, motherboard, memory and other key hardware, is housed in a slim, integrated chassis, located behind the 15-inch active-matrix TFT XGA flat-panel display.

Z1 features a 450MHz Intel Pentium III processor, 8.4GB hard drive, 96MB of SDRAM, multimedia keyboard, DVD-ROM drive, 8MB of video RAM and built-in speakers. It comes in two-toned metallic color and weighs about 20lbs. It costs about $2,499.

Additional information is available by contacting NEC Technologies.

Emergency Health-Care Smart Card

Hospitals in Austin and other Texas cities will soon be the first locales to benefit from a nationwide program to use emergency health-care smart cards to access medical records via the Internet.

The cards will initially be used in emergency-room situations, and will allow authorized health-care professionals, with the patient's consent, to immediately access their medical records via the Internet.

"Smart cards provide the ideal means for protecting patient confidentiality while enabling the fastest access possible to critical medical-history data in a health-care emergency," stated Michel Salomon, president of USIS.

Free smart cards will be issued to participants through their employers, and smart-card readers will be installed at no charge in PCs with Internet connections in emergency rooms, doctors' offices and other locations during the program's first year of operation.

Training on how to utilize the service will also be provided to approved professional medical personnel at participating health-care providers free of charge.

Additional information is available by contacting USIS America Inc. at 512/306-8501.

One Small Step for NASA, One Giant Leap for Law Enforcement

According to Dr. Jacob Trombka, a scientist with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, certain technology -- such as X-ray fluorescence and fluoroscopy, mass spectroscopy, magnetometers, infrared and ultraviolet imaging, neutron/gamma-ray prompt activation analysis and gas chromatography -- used for space exploration can be readily translated into use for crime-scene investigations. Special instruments can investigate crime scenes and transfer images to a central unit for immediate analysis without fear of contaminating or destroying evidence.

Remote-sensing technology, used to study everything from crops on Earth to galaxies millions of light-years away, will allow