Watch Your Words Swatch Talk allows users to overcome the limitations of time and space by integrating a wristwatch and cellular phone. To dial, just push buttons positioned around the watch case. The watch weighs two ounces and is 2.16 inches wide, has a built-in speaker and microphone, PIN memory and redial function. Swatch Talk should be priced between $250 and $360. Commercial production is planned for next year. Additional information is available by calling Swatch Telecom in Biel, Switzerland, at +41-32-343-95-48.
MetroBook DT MetroBook DT is an ideal notebook for those who want to travel light yet run all necessary desktop applications. Nothing is sacrificed and everything is combined into a slim package just a hair lighter than 10 pounds. MetroBook DT makes mobile computing even easier by including Dragon Systems' Naturally Speaking voice-recognition software. Users can activate the software for easy dictation of letters, reports and e-mail. A full-size keyboard is also included for comfortable keyboarding. The MetroBook DT is equipped with a 233MHz Intel Tillamook chip with MMX technology, a 15.1-inch active color screen, 64MB of RAM and 4GB of hard-drive storage. It includes a 20X CD-ROM, 3.5-inch floppy drive, a 512K cache, a 56K fax/modem, an AC adapter and a leather carrying case. Multimedia capability is not sacrificed for weight. It has a 16-bit sound card with speakers, 4MB video RAM, 3-D audio effects processor, a microphone, a zoomed video port, NTSC/PAC video out-port and an RCA jack for video input. Other built-in ports include two USBs, serial, parallel and ASKIR. There is also a PCMCIA slot for type I, II or III cards with CardBus and zoomed video support. A standard array of ports are also included: serial, FIR/IrDA, parallel, PS/2, USB and SVGA. The smart lithium ion battery can run for about four hours. The unit measures 14.0 inches by 10.8 inches by 1.9 inches and weighs 9.9 pounds. MetroBook offers a three-year warranty and customer support. Additional information is available by calling 888/829-5300 or online at
Internal-combustion Laptop In spite of rapid advances in battery technology and manufacturer's claims, few laptop computers will stay lit during a five-hour cross-country flight. Portable technology, including cellular phones, camcorders and PDAs, all require heavy batteries that run down before you do. Scientists at MIT are now developing gas-turbine engines that will be the size of a computer chip, run on butane and last twice as long as today's lithium batteries. Microengines could one day power laptop computers, GPS receivers and other hand-held devices. Additional information is available by contacting MIT professor Alan Epstein at
Pocket Copier CapeShare 910 is a portable scanner that scans up to 50 letter-sized pages in black and white. The device is about the size of a portable CD player. Users simply swipe CapeShare across the page and it re-creates the document in six seconds. The scanned documents can be sent directly to a printer or smart wireless hand-held device via infrared port, or to a PC for e-mailing or faxing. It runs on two AA nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries, weighs 12.5 ounces and has 4MB of memory. Additional information is available online at
It's All on the Wrist (January) If you have the Swatch Talk phone on one wrist, that still leaves a whole other arm for WristRecord, a portable computer system that can store important medical information on a hospital patient's digital wristband. According to Dr. Frank Overdyke at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, the device provides an accurate and convenient method of recording and supplying patient data, and is an effective tool for reducing mistakes associated with misplaced or difficult-to-find information on a patient's chart. WristRecord consists of a tiny computer memory chip --15mm in diameter with a compressed data capacity of 8KB -- placed on the patient's ID bracelet. Data on the